You’ve probably been hiding under a rock if you’ve missed all the fuss about the British TV series “Downton Abbey” so here’s an overview with photos for you, both as an introduction for newbies, and a recap for fans…
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Luscious Lifers who love period films will adore this British TV series – the costumes, characters, storylines, interiors and exteriors are all fabulous. It feels like “Brideshead Revisited” meets “Pride and Prejudice” meets “Upstairs Downstairs”, all wrapped up into one. Luscious viewing heaven!
I particularly adore this period in history, the Edwardian dresses and later “flapper fashion”, as well as the look the major changes in society. So much happened in the first part of the 20th century, and we get to explore it through the development of the characters in this brilliantly written period drama.
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Highclere Castle aka Downton Abbey
The series first screened in the UK in 2010 and we’re now up to season 4 (Note: You can buy the DVD from Amazon if you want to start from the beginning) with the fictional Downton Abbey set at the real-life English country house, Highclere Castle in Newbury, West Berkshire, England, the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.
The house is open to the public at set times during the year, so check the Visitor information page for latest news. They also do weddings and events if you’re really keen to embrace some historical style. Here’s a map so you can check out the location:
See the official website for Highclere Castle here, which has been home to the Carnarvon family since 1679.
And buy the book, Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvon and Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon.
Downton Abbey by Julian Fellowes
Starting in 1912, “Downton Abbey” follows the family and staff of the Earl of Grantham who live at Downton Abbey in the glorious English countryside (Highclere Castle in Hampshire, in real life). It’s Edwardian lusciousness galore, with frocks, scenery and beautifully-portrayed relationship development.
Created and written by Oscar-winning Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, The Young Victoria), it stars Hugh Bonneville, Dame Maggie Smith, and Elizabeth McCormack, Penelope Wilton, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nicol, Siobhan Finneran, Rob James Collier, Joanne Froggatt and Rose Leslie, and many others.
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Downton Abbey news
- Prequel: In September 2012, Julian Fellowes said he was working on a spin-off prequel which revolves around Lord Grantham and Cora’s courtship. Initially planned as a book, it was picked up by ITV to become a TV series.
- Series five: A fifth series of Downton Abbey has been commissioned, to be broadcast in 2014.
- Related: Julian Fellowes is currently developing a period drama for NBC entitled The Gilded Age, set in 1880s New York
Downton Abbey fashion
We’ve got some “Downton Abbey in the 1920s” fashion shopping suggestions for you in these posts:
- SHOPPING: Where to buy fashion inspired by the 1920s – part 1
- SHOPPING: Fashion inspired by the 1920s – part 2
More period drama lusciousness for you…
- See our Historical style: fashion, film, architecture photo gallery index page
- Pinterest boards: Downton Abbey, Historical fashion, incl Edwardian, Flapper fashion and more and Historical glamour
- Downton Abbey – Luscious on Facebook photo gallery
- English Country House style in the 1920s and 30s.
Here’s a look at the Season 3 Christmas Special episode, the Crawley Sisters, and Downton Abbey interiors photos, and related books and DVDs:
More fascinating folk and beautiful vintage items, including socialites and hostesses from the Victorian, Edwardian and WW1-WW2 eras in these posts and photo galleries:
You might also like our list of suggested reading and viewing, in this Downton Abbey-related post.