There’s been a lot of articles and such posted over the weekend, here’s a recap.
A few items of interest:
- The Australian Better Homes and Gardens TV show created this video that includes clips from S1 and behind the scenes filming of S2. Dig those hairnets!
- Allen Leech talks of his character, Branson, teaching (or trying to) Lady Edith to drive. A bit scary.
- The Mirror posted this video of Dan Stevens talking about S2.
- A humorous story of the dogs of Downton Abbey and Highclere Castle has appeared in the Daily Mail.
- The Daily Mail also posted some great pictures. All the images shown on this post are part of their behind-the-scenes montage. There’s an interesting picture of Edith talking to a mystery soldier. And there does seem to be at least two actors whose roles have not been identified yet.
- The Telegraph has posted a review of the first episode of S2. They quote Sir Julian Fellowes, “None of them is unaffected by the war. All of them change. And death doesn’t pass Downton Abbey by.” This is the second hint that there will be a death. I think there are a few guess on who might die: The soldier in the image above with Edith or another character introduced in S2 (think Cedric Diggory), William (gets married to Daisy and dies on the front, but really…too typical Hollywood), Thomas or Lang (since they’re at the front), or the bully Carlisle.
The Digital Spy loves the performance of Amy Nuttall as new maid Ethel, who seems to think the class structure is coming to an end. They also report that “The end of the first episode, for example, will probably make you gasp and wince all at once.” Hmm, we know a maid gets in trouble, now we know Ethel tries to topple the class structure…who does she get in trouble with? (Or maybe that isn’t the shocker at the end of the first episode.)
- The Life of Wylie has posted many pictures from the actual press event at Highclere Castle/Downton Abbey. One interesting comment here is “Plus one of the most emotional steamy station platform scenes since The Railway Children.” We know two of train scenes: Mary with Matthew and Mary with Carlisle. We don’t know which scene appears in episode 1, but for it to be steamy wouldn’t it have to be the new romance? If the scene were between Matthew and Mary, wouldn’t “angst” be the word, not steamy? Guess we’ll have to wait and see, but…
- The Radio Times also chimed in and they say: “the most affecting scenes in episode one concern Mary and Matthew, whose relationship foundered at the end of the first series. With the action having moved on by two years, they both regret the situation: cue longing looks at functions and charged pleasantries at dinner, with Dockery and Stevens at their best when the script bows out and lets them act with their eyes.” So maybe Life of Wylie was talking about Matthew and Mary? But there have also been references to a dinner scene…any way, sounds like lots of great scenes coming! (Why do US audiences have to wait till January or find other avenues of sneak peeks? Argh.) This article also talks about the impact of the war on both those at the front and those still at home.
PBS’s MASTERPIECE has posted some pictures of a Downton Abbey S2 press conference in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, July 31, 2011. Downton stars Elizabeth McGovern (“Cora, Countess of Grantham”), Michelle Dockery (“Lady Mary Crawley”), Dan Stevens (“Matthew Crawley”), Siobhan Finneran (“Sarah O’Brien”) attended. Oddly, while the UK media got to see the first episode of S2, the US media did not. But they did get to ask questions. The US media has started posting reports:
- Zimbio has also posted pictures of the press conference also. Click on the link and then search on an actor’s name.
- Maureen Ryan (@MoRyan on Twitter) was in the audience at the Beverly Hills conference and has tweeted that PBS will air almost 10 hours (the same as the UK) and that does include the Christmas special, which will air as the last episode of the season on PBS. She also reports Downton Abbey S2 will air over a seven-week period in the US (NOTE: UK episodes 1 & 2 are combined in US, and the Christmas special will be 1 episode in the US). Ms. Ryan posted a very indepth article, but here are a few quotes: “Lavinia may have some hesitation about becoming the lady of the manor in the future.” (Ah, the inheritance is still an issue, but from a different angle.) And Rebecca Eaton, PBS, said “In this series, people will live. People will die. Marriages will be made. Babies will be born.” Hmm, lots of plurals in that statement. We already suspect William and Daisy get married and we know a maid gets in trouble. But will there be other weddings and babies?
- The Hollywood Reporter posted the live chat, but I haven’t had time to read it.
Chime in and share your thoughts!