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Downton Abbey is to release its first ever Christmas album.
Christmas at Downton Abbey features 45 tracks on two discs, and is released next month, reports The Guardian.
The album will feature hymns, carols and Christmas songs, as well as a festive version of Downton Abbey's theme tune.
McGovern said: "It was so exciting for me to have been given the opportunity to sing two songs in a totally different context to that which I'm accustomed - without my guitar, without my band."
Other songs on Christmas at Downton Abbey are performed by musicians including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the Choir of Kings College, while Carter reads the popular Christmas story 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.
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The 45-track album will feature a festive version of the shows theme tune as well as traditional hymns and carols
Downton Abbeys Christmas specials have already become a December television tradition, but now the hit series is making a bid for the music charts. ITV producers have announced a 45-track double-lp called Christmas at Downton Abbey, featuring hymns, carols and seasonal tracks by actors Elizabeth McGovern, Julian Ovenden and Jim Carter.
Ovenden, who released a pop album in 2012, said it was a massive honour to contribute to Downtons first Christmas record. Charles Blake sings five songs on the album, including Silent Night and O Holy Night, plus a duet with McGovern, who plays Cora, Countess of Grantham.
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- Sean Michaels
For those who love a lot more Christmas with their "Downton Abbey," you're in luck: a new Christmas album is due from the popular ITV/PBS show. ITV reports that a 45-song set is due Nov. 10 in the U.K., and will include "a festive version of the show's theme tune" plus traditional songs, hymns and carols. A spoken word version of "T'was the Night before Christmas" will be performed by Jim Carter, the man behind butler Charles Carson. A different Charles (Julian Ovenden) and Cora, Countess of Grantham (played by Elizabeth McGovern) are slated as "featured" artists on the collection. At 45 songs, we imagine there will be a little something for and from everybody, however. No word yet if there is an official U.S. release date, which would likely arrive on the Tuesday after (Nov. 11). "Downton Abbey" features a Christmas episode every year, so you can probably count this years' as extra-musical. »
- Katie Hasty
The National Television Awards 2015 longlist nominations have been announced and voting is now (October 14) open.
Hosted by Dermot O'Leary, the NTAs celebrate the best and most popular TV and are exclusively voted for by viewers. The 2015 awards take place at London's O2 on January 21.
The Nta shortlist will be announced in January when the final round of voting begins. Viewers can vote for free online at nationaltvawards.com or by calling the Nta vote form request line 0844 646 2060.
Full list of 2015 nominations:
Chat Show Host
Mrs Brown's Boys
Animal Saints and Sinners
Antiques Road Trip
Escape to the Country
Fifteen to One
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The fifth season of “Downton Abbey” premiered two Sundays ago on ITV in the United Kingdom and will begin broadcasting stateside on Jan. 4 on PBS. Already, the period drama has drawn impressive numbers in its native England and could well reap more record audiences for the pubcaster here in the new year. -Break- The Emmys have regularly recognized “Downton Abbey” in the program categories (won miniseries in 2011, nominated for drama series in 2012, 2013, 2014) and for both directing (won 2011, nominated 2012, 2013, 2014) and writing (won 2011, nominated 2012, 2013). You decide: Will SAG TV Awards preview Emmys again? And eight of the cast have contended: leads Hugh Bonneville (nominated 2012, 2013), Michelle Dockery (nominated 2012, 2013, 2014) and Elizabeth McGovern (nominated 2011); supporting actors Jim Carter (nominated 2012, 2013, 2014) and Brendan Coyle (nominated 2012); supporting actresses Joanne Froggatt (nominat »
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The ITV drama's Christmas special saw Carson (Carter) and Mrs Hughes (Logan) enjoying a paddle in the sea together while holding hands, showing the first signs of romance between the pair after four series of near-misses.
When asked if viewers could expect more romantic scenes, Carter told Digital Spy and others: "[Writer] Julian Fellowes is a big tease.
"You're all hoping that having a paddle together is going to lead to more things. It proceeds at a stately pace, we can say no more. It doesn't gallop ahead, but it's always lurking in the background."
Speaking about what he'd like to see more of in the next series, Carter said: "I'd like to see more of the day-to-day life. What do they do with a day off? »
Downton Abbey is to screen the opening episode of series five at Leicester Square Empire cinema.
The event will be hosted by the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (Ctbf) in association with ITV, Carnival and Telegraph Bespoke.
The screening will take place on September 17, four days before the latest series begins its broadcast on ITV.
Ctbf chief executive Richard Wilson said: "This partnership strengthens our ties with the television industry, in which many of our beneficiaries work. Our choice of venue, the iconic Empire Leicester Square, further highlights the charity's strong links in cinema and film."
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Ready your formal wear and prepare your manners accordingly: the Downton Abbey Season 5 trailer is here. Fresh off the unveiling of some new images from the upcoming season of the ensemble drama, ITV has released the first footage from the batch of new episodes. As you’ll see in the trailer, the theme of Season 5 appears to be change in its many forms. Times are changing, relationships are changing, and by golly Carson is not having any of it. I enjoy Downton Abbey quite a bit. Sure it’s essentially a big, sweeping soap opera in a serious drama’s clothing, but it’s fun and engaging and wholly engrossing; the world building of the show is tremendous. As such, I’m looking forward to seeing what twists and turns are in store for Season 5. Watch the first Downton Abbey Season 5 trailer after the jump. The series returns to ITV »
- Adam Chitwood
Downton Abbey returns for season 5 in September in the UK and it looks like the modern world has finally caught up with the staid British aristocrats. And, that’s exactly the problem, groans head butler Charles Carson, played by Jim Carter. The new trailer only provides snapshots of the upcoming season, but it looks like the Abbey will be rocked by scandal. The whole clan is there: Dame Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern, Rob James-Collier, Brendan Coyle, Laura Carmichael, Allen Leech, Lily James, Sophie Mcshera and Tom Cullen. ...Read More »
There's a fire burning at Downton Abbey and we're not just talking about the heated passions. "I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on," says butler Carson (Jim Carter) at the start of the newly released trailer for season 5 of the hit PBS period drama. As Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) sums up, "the world is changing," and the Crawley family and their staff are not immune. There's lots happening in the one-minute trailer: Who's Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) staring soulfully at? Who's Branson (Allen Leech) kissing? Who's in bed with Jimmy the footman (Ed Speleers)? And is Downton »
- K.C. Blumm
Industry charity known for its Royal Film Performance to host TV premiere.
The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (Ctbf), the leading charity for people working behind the scenes in the UK film, cinema and commercial television industries, has announced it will host a premiere screening of the series five opener of ITV drama Downton Abbey.
The event, in association with ITV, Carnival and Telegraph Bespoke (part of Telegraph Media Group), will take place at London’s Empire Leicester Square on Sept 17 - four days before its broadcast on ITV - and will be attended by the show’s cast and creators.
Already confirmed to walk the red carpet and participate in the pre-screening Q&A are series creator Julian Fellowes, executive producer Gareth Neame and cast members including Jim Carter (Mr. Carson).
Richard Wilson, CEO of the Ctbf, said: “This partnership strengthens our ties with the television industry, in which many of our beneficiaries work. Our choice »
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Digital Spy presents the full list of winners and nominees at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which took place on Monday night (August 25) at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Modern Family - Winner
Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
William H Macy - Shameless
Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Breaking Bad’s amazing final season always meant that it was a likely winner come awards season. However, the debut of the critically acclaimed True Detective earlier this year did leave many wondering whether it might rob the end to Walter White’s story of one final sweep of prizes at last night’s Emmy Awards.
As it turns out, Breaking Bad would end up being rewarded for those amazing final episodes, though True Detective did earn a very well deserved award for director Cary Joji Fukunaga (who helmed all eight instalments).
The UK was represented by Sherlock, and that too did exceptionally well, walking away with Emmys for Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and writer Steven Moffat. Looking at the results, it’s hard to imagine anyone being too upset with the results, though many Game of Thrones fans won’t be happy to see that it was again snubbed. »
- Josh Wilding
America’s version of the TV BAFTA’s, The Emmy Awards took place in Los Angeles last night. The cream of the televisual crop were out in force to celebrate the occasion. Whilst several big name shows including Game of Thrones and True Detective where up for several categories, it was Breaking Bad that scooped-up the main acting prizes which are whole-heartedly deserved and a fitting way to say goodbye to the show which ended last year.
Other shows that performed well were comedy series Modern Family for which Ty Burrell won best actor, and American Horror Story: Coven which saw both Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates take home the big acting trophies. Everyone’s favourite British sleuth also did well as Benedict Cumberbatch won for his role in series Sherlock. See below for the winners list in full and we’ve also put in the moving tribute from Billy Crystal for his friend, »
- Kat Smith
The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place last night, with Breaking Bad scooping five awards including Outstanding Drama Series, Oustanding Lead Actor (Bryan Cranston), Outstanding Supporting Actor (Aaron Paul), Oustanding Supporting Actress (Anna Gunn) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
Modern Family was also celebrating, taking Outstanding Comedy Series for the fifth consecutive year, , along with Outstanding Supporting Actor (Ty Burrell) and Outstanding Directing, while there was wins for American Horror Story: Coven, Sherlock, The Good Wife, The Big Bang Theory and Fargo.
Check out a full list of the Emmy winners here…
Outstanding Drama Series
“Breaking Bad” (AMC) (*Winner)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Detective” (HBO)
Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Modern Family” (ABC) (*Winner)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
- Gary Collinson
Emmy Awards Recap
In addition to winning for Outstanding Comedy Series, Modern Family saw Ty Burrell win once again in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category for playing hapless father and real estate agent Phil Dunphy. Allison Janney won the Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series award for Mom. Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) and Julia Louis Dreyfuss (Veep) won the lead comedic acting awards.
Outstanding Drama winner Breaking Bad saw Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn earn trophies – for Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Supporting Actor in a Drama series and Supporting Actress in a Drama series respectively – for their performances in the critically-acclaimed show’s final season. »
Aaron Paul ended his “Breaking Bad” run with one more Emmy win for playing Jesse Pinkman, bringing his grand total to three. “I feel like I'm about to throw up,” Paul quipped after accepting his trophy, before applauding his fellow nominees, Jim Carter, Josh Charles, Peter Dinklage, Mandy Patinkin and Jon Voight. See photos: Emmys Red Carpet Arrivals “It has changed my life and I am standing up here tonight because of one man, Vince Gilligan,” Paul continued, shouting out the show's creator. “Thank you for believing in me and trusting in me to play this guy.” Paul also paid tribute to his. »
- Linda Ge
It's a win, bitch! Capping off an epic five season run of the hit AMC show Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul took home the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his outstanding performance as Jesse Pinkman. Although many predicted Paul would win (including us!), the 34-year-old thesp beat out some stiff competition—including Downton Abbey's Jim Carter, The Good Wife's Josh Charles, Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage, Homeland's Mandy Patinkin and Ray Donovan's Jon Voight—and was clearly as he took the stage after giving his wife Lauren an adorable smooch in the audience. "Oh wow, I feel like I'm going to throw up," Paul said as he »
Aaron Paul, best known for his role as Jesse Pinkman on AMC’s Breaking Bad, won his third Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama award for his performance on the show’s fifth and final season. It was his fifth nomination.
Accepting the award, Paul asked the audience for another round of applause for the other nominees in the category: Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Jon Voight (Ray Donovan), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), and Josh Charles (The Good Wife).
“Thank you, thank you so much,” he continued. “My God, Breaking Bad. It has changed my life and »
- Ashley Fetters
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