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Downton Abbey's fourth season ends with the Crawleys helping rescue the reputation of Prince Edward, the then-Prince of Wales and son of King George V. The heir's good name is put at risk after the sneaky Mr. Sampson (Patrick Kennedy) steals a letter the prince wrote to his mistress, Freda Dudley Ward (Janet Montgomery). While the love-letter storyline was pure fiction, Edward and Freda's relationship is based on the young royal's scandalous real-life romance with the married socialite, which would eventually repeat itself when he got famously entangled with Wallis Simpson. Source: ITV The Real Freda Freda is often called Prince Edward's "first love," and the two carried on a long affair. The pair reportedly met in a doorway in the tiny Mayfair neighborhood of London while seeking shelter from a Wwi air raid in 1918. At the time, Freda was 23 and a mother to two daughters and had »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Rose has her big coming out in London and lands the Crawley's in the middle of a royal affair in Downton Abbey’s season 4 finale.
Eight months after the events of last week’s episode, the episode picked up with Edith (Laura Carmichael) already having given birth to her baby. The entire Crawley family is in London for Rose’s big day, and Rose (Lily James) kicks off her coming out party early with a disastrous visit to a nightclub with Madeleine Allsopp. At the nightclub, Rose befriends Freda Dudley Ward, the mistress of the Prince of Wales. After laughing about a letter Freda has in her purse, Freda notices that it is missing and accuses Rose of stealing the letter. In fact, it was Mr. Sampson, the man who cheated the men at Downton out of their small fortunes at cards.
After finding out that Rose might be at »
Downton Abbey’s penultimate season 4 episode centered around a church bazaar held on the estate grounds, while relationship drama seemed to unfold everywhere.
'Downton Abbey Recap
Following Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Blake’s (Julian Ovenden) rescue of the estate’s pigs, the Crawley’s determine that Tim Drewe (Andrew Scarborough) will take up caring for their livestock. When the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) suggests that Blake would think it silly that they were hiring Drewe based on his family’s history of working their land, Mary takes to Blake’s defense. By the time she watches Blake lift up a crying George, she appears to be fully smitten. The Countess is not impressed.
Later on, when Anna (Joanne Froggatt) learns that Gillingham (Tom Cullen) will be returning to Downton with Green (Nigel Harman) in tow, she tells Mary about how the valet had raped her. When Mary urges Anna »
Plus, Edith arrives at a heartbreaking solution to her growing problem.
Lady Mary… covered in mud… cooking and dining in the servants’ quarters?! I know this sounds like something out of Lord Grantham’s nightmares, but it actually happened on the Feb. 9 episode of Downton Abbey – and she wasn’t alone! Mary (Michelle Dockery) spent an evening rescuing pigs with Charles Blake (Julian Ovenden), who appears to have changed his mind about her.
But because Mary’s life is more complicated than my emotions during a game of Flappy Bird, her muddy evening with Charles was followed by a visit from her would-be-fiancé Tony Gillingham (Tom Cullens).
Over in London, Edith (Laura Carmichael) finally broke down and confessed her pregnancy to Lady Rosamund, adding that she’s decided to have an abortion. Though Rosamund initially reacted with shock and indignation — as is the default response to most »
- Andy Swift
As late as 2011, 23% of Mississippi voters thought that interracial relationships should be illegal. That’s an important (and disturbing) number to remember on the heels of last night’s Downton Abbey, where the attraction between Lady Rose (Lily James) and bandleader Jack Ross (Gary Carr) found a spotlight during a party before finding a dark corner downstairs. Essentially, a quarter of viewers in Mississippi might have had the same venomous response to Ross’ presence as a few characters who are meant to portray attitudes from ninety years ago. Probably not too surprising considering the invective that’s hurled online toward our President on a daily basis. If the leader of the free world can’t catch a break regarding his skin color, why should a croony jazz man trying to woo a ward of Downton get one? Knowing that Britain and the United States have different timelines regarding slavery and suffrage, it »
- Scott Beggs
Spoiler alert: Stop reading if you don’t want to know what happened on the special Super Bowl episode of ‘Downton Abbey.’ (Just kidding. What’s football?)
I suppose I should expect it at this point, but can nothing go right for Edith (Laura Carmichael)? The Meg Griffin of the Crawley family got quite a shock — though not one we didn’t see coming — on Downton Abbey‘s Feb. 2 episode, and her life will never be the same again.
I’m talking, of course, about her pregnancy, which couldn’t come at a worse time, and not just because she’s unmarried. Michael Gregson has gone completely Awol, and Edith is half convinced he’s dead!
Leave it to Edith: She finally finds a suitable man to marry her — and by “suitable,” I mean he’s in the process of divorcing his wife, who is a vegetable — only to end up pregnant and dumped. »
- Andy Swift
Lady Isobel and Lady Violet went head to head while Edith found out she's pregnant and Rose had a dalliance with the black jazz singer in Downton Abbey.
Evelyn Napier (Brendan Patricks) has returned to Downton with a new man, Charles Blake (Julian Ovenden), in tow. Charles reveals to Mary (Michelle Dockery) that the duo are not there to study and preserve old estates, but to study how the fall of English aristocracy will impact food supply. Mary is furious and thus Charles and Mary find themselves at odds.
Edith (Laura Carmichael) receives a note from her doctor informing her that she is pregnant. The father, Michael Gregson, is nowhere to be found, and Edith could find herself an unwed mother. In other family drama, Lady Violet (Maggie Smith) and Mrs. Crawley (Penelope Wilton) had a verbal spat after the Dowager Countess accused the boy gardener, John, of stealing things from her study. »
Certainly the spot-on acting and seamless directing are critical to the drama, but the reason it never wavers is because not one teacup or glove is off.
"There should not be anything that jars," costume designer Caroline McCall tells Zap2it. "And I would hope that [viewers] just get caught up in it and lost in it. We are trying to create this world as authentically as we can."
"I go through the script and break down for each character and list what each character will require for each episode and see where the gaps are, and go through the costumes and see what is available and appropriate, »
Last winter, our hearts wept as Lord Grantham's sweetly rebellious youngest daughter, Lady Sybil Branson, died in childbirth. Her passing left behind a grieving husband, a motherless baby girl and a giant void in Downton Abbey's tiny (read: nonexistent) community of burgeoning feminists. In her two-and-a-half seasons on Downton, Sybil made plenty of waves with her traditionalist family. She was the first female Crawley to – gasp! – don pants at dinner. She trained as a nurse during World War I. But most shockingly, she poured a giant vat of warm »
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit might not be released in the UK until Friday but director Kenneth Branagh is well underway on his next project, Cinderella. The film, currently in post production, stars Lily James (Downton Abbey) as the girl who goes from rags to riches, alongside Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden as her Charming Prince, with support from Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett and Ben Chaplin.
As with most fairy-tales, the story of Cinderella is one that has had countless incarnations so why should we be excited by this new film? Well Thn had to chance to sit down with the film’s producer David Baddon to talk about Jack Ryan, and thought we’d try and get his view. Here’s what he had to say:
I can’t tell you everything about the film, but it’s a live action, sort of classic re-telling of the classical animated story. »
- Kat Smith
Klondike is an education series based on the adventures of Bill Haskell, played by Madden, an adventurer who participated in The Klondike Gold Rush. The Klondike Gold Rush began in 1896, when gold was found in the Yukon and miners flew to Alaska hoping to strike it rich. The three-part mini-series marks Discovery’s first attempt at scripted drama.
Richard Madden Talks Stunts And Freezing Weather
For Klondike, Madden and his fellow actors filmed on location on the top of mountains and traversing frozen ground and lakes for four months, something Madden reveals was harder than anything he had to do on the set of Game of Thrones. For his role as Robb Stark in GoT, Madden learned how to ride a horse, »
Downton Abbey returned this week with Anna (Joanne Froggatt) still reeling from the sexual assault she faced at the hands of Green (Nigel Harman), Lord Gillingham’s valet. Oblivious to the actions of his employee, Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen) continues to fall madly in love with the widowed Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery).
Anna Deals With Sexual Assault
Anna struggles with accepting that she bears no responsibility for what Green did to her. As a result, she’s walking around ravaged by guilt and with a sense that she’s brought the dirtiness upon herself. Bates (Brendan Coyle) knows that something is up with his wife, but seems no closer to the truth. The rest of Downton also notices that something is troubling the normally good-humored Anna, although, like Bates, no one knows the truth besides Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan).
Mrs. Hughes urges Anna to reveal what Green did to her, »
Mary was blindsided by four little words on this week’s ‘Downton Abbey.’
After hitting it off swimmingly last week, Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Tony (Tom Cullen) continued Operation: Replace Matthew on the Jan. 19 episode of Downton Abbey. There was laughter, there was dancing and there was… a proposal?!
Yes, Tony popped the question after only a few days with Mary — he must have a thing for ice queens — but don’t go telling one of those downstairs-y types to bring up champagne just yet. Mary turned down Tony’s proposal, explaining that Matthew still fills her head, and that she doesn’t want to let him go yet.
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I was disappointed with Mary’s decision — What can I say? I love weddings! — but then again, I think she was disappointed with herself, too. At the end of the episode, she told Tom (Allen Leech) she’d »
- Andy Swift
"[Jack coming back] wasn't talked about, but at the same time, it's open," Carr told Digital Spy
Jack originally departed the show after ending his romance with Rose (Lily James) over concerns that society would not accept their inter-racial relationship.
"He does say goodbye at the end of that series, but he does love her so that would be a good reason to come back," Carr hinted. "If I was asked to come back, I wouldn't say no."
The 27-year-old actor also admitted that he "wasn't surprised at all" by the strong reaction to his character in the media.
"It's a big deal that he's the first black character," Carr said. "It's not a big deal for me but it's a big deal for audiences. »
Spoiler alert: Stop reading if you don’t want to know what happened on ‘Downton Abbey!’
It’s official: Life at Downton Abbey – or, at least, life for Anna (Joanne Froggatt) and Bates (Brendan Coyle) — will never be the same again. The show’s Jan. 12 episode welcomed a host of fancy-pants royals from all over the land, but it also invited the darkest scene in Downton history. Read on at your own risk!
‘Downton Abbey’: Anna Is Raped In Horrific Twist
It was pretty obvious there was something wrong with Green, one of the visiting servants, but we never imagined he would go to such extreme measures to prove his ruthlessness. In the final moments of the episode, while everyone was upstairs enjoying an evening of Australian opera, Green raped Anna in the kitchen.
Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) agreed to keep Anna’s rape a secret for fear that »
- Andy Swift
Speculation about the ITV show's future arose after creator Julian Fellowes said that he is unsure whether there will be a sixth series.
In a statement, Neame said: "I can confirm that there are no plans to end the show after the fifth series. ITV commission each series on a year-by-year basis.
"In an interview given to the Wall Street Journal, Julian Fellowes stated that the show would not go on forever (inevitable of course and something both he and I have been on the record for previously).
"For now ITV have commissioned series five and that is what we are busy preparing."
Downton Abbey achieved record high ratings in the Us with its series four opener on Sunday (January 5), averaging 10.2 million.
Lily James recently told Digital Spy that she would love to »
Downton Abbey returned to American shores on Sunday, Jan. 5 with its season four premeire and fans were left … well, it was a mixed bag of reactions. Many took to Twitter heralding the return of their beloved period drama starring Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery, but there were quite a few who were left wanting more from the two-hour premiere. Warning, spoilers ahead. In the two-hour premiere, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) hired a new lady's maid and fired the nanny. Rose (Lily James) got into some trouble at a local dance, the Dowager Countess (Smith) said wonderfully sassy things and helped Mary (Dockery) escape her months of mourning over Matthew (Dan Stevens). Was it enough for fans »
Downton Abbey’s genteel ladies are ready to let their hair down, as the Roaring ’20s gets into full swing on Seasons 4 of the award winning BBC show. The staid manor is swept up in jazz, bathtub gin and the fresh whiff of scandal. Lady Mary, Edith (Laura Carmichael) and cousin Rose (Lily James) are ready to throw off the shackles of Edwardian England in the face of advancing modernism. Who knows, we may even get to see them vote! [...] »
Fellowes has recently been commissioned to write a new Us drama called The Gilded Age.
He said that he cannot do both shows at the same time and that the new project will not begin until Downton Abbey has ended.
Speaking about The Gilded Age, Fellowes told The Wall Street Journal: "It's for NBC Universal and it will happen when Downton finishes because I just couldn't do both at once.
"I haven't written it yet, but it's about the old aristocracy, the Winthrops and the Stuyvesants and the new money of oil and gas and shipping in the 1870s. It will all be fiction - it won't be real people - but when those families descended on New York, they took over."
Downton Abbey has been commissioned for a fifth series by »
Happy New Year everyone!
Life Without Zoe, The Canyons
Two well researched and well written posts by Superqueen. This site is always worth a scoot around.
12 Years a Slave
Costume Designer Patricia Norris is 82 years young. Cancel your retirement.
The Most Iconic Costumes of all Time
Marilyn’s dress in The Seven Year Itch? No, frankly.
The Costume Cafe podcast with a lady we adore here at Clothes on Film.
Frocktalk reviews the extraordinary ‘sweaterville’ work of Mary Zophres for the Coens’ latest.
For Guise magazine, Joe Kucharski chats to Michael Wilkinson about digital illustration in costume design.
Big Screen Style Moments of 2013
According to The Hollywood Reporter. Alhough, guys, Gucci did not ‘design the costumes’ for Rush.
- Lord Christopher Laverty
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