A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey: Seasonal Celebrations, by Jessica Fellowes

By Jessica Fellowes

Its 1924 and there were many alterations on the planet of Downton Abbey considering we have been first welcomed by means of the relations and their servants twelve years in the past. A new release of guys has been tragically misplaced on the entrance, there are once more kids respiring new existence into the nice residence, a chauffeur now sits on the Grantham dinner desk and hems are up through a number of inches.
Yet regardless of all of this unsettling upheaval, it's a convenience to discover that many stuff at Downton stay mostly unchanged. There are nonetheless events to be thrown, summer time fetes to be prepared, menus to be deliberate and farms to be run. subscribe to us, then, as we discover the seasonal occasions and celebrations of the nice estate—Christmas, Easter, the debutante season, the search and more—and peer with us throughout the prism of the home as we examine extra concerning the lives of our favourite characters, the actors who play them, and people who create the area we like a lot.

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Does he have a theory for the show’s success? Gareth nods: ‘It starts with being an expressly British and familiar genre – the aristocracy in the English country house – which we know from Agatha Christie, P. G. Wodehouse and Jane Austen. But where previously it’s been literary or sedate or a little old-fashioned, what we’ve done is provide sharp, pacy, modern storytelling with multiple narratives. So firstly, it’s familiar, and secondly, it’s slightly unexpected. Thirdly, the characters are so well drawn and acted you can relate to them.

We all know the child – we may well have been the child – who chooses to shield their parents from any sad or bad reports, particularly if they don’t see their parents much, so as to keep everything good humoured and happy. Parents then, too, expected a certain amount of reverence from their children and perhaps weren’t interested in them until they really had something to say. Julian reflects this in a line he gives to Robert, when Cora asks him to stay and see the children. ‘Just as soon as they’re able to answer back,’ he replies.

After that, there are wine cellars to be managed, larder stocks to be assessed, household budgets to be monitored, spare bedrooms to be made up. Carson will liaise with the estate managers to make sure there are enough logs for the fireplaces; Mrs Hughes will talk to the gardener if a vase of flowers is beginning to lose its bloom. And at any time, anyone from the family may call upon them with a sharp ring on the bell, summoning a servant from whatever it is they may be doing, in order to attend to their needs – however trivial they may be.

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