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  • For six seasons, the world came together each week to soak in the opulence and grace that

  • was PBS Masterpiece Theater's Downton Abbey.

  • The highly decorated show was a massive success with critics and audiences alike, but even

  • the most ardent Downton fans might not know the finer details of its making.

  • Here's the untold truth of Downton Abbey.

  • True homefront

  • Want to pay a visit to the real-life location featured in the show?

  • You're in luck.

  • Most of the series was filmed at Highclere Castle, an estate in Hampshire, England that's

  • home to a real life family headed by the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.

  • The stately mansion has even welcomed Queen Elizabeth from time to time forwhat else?

  • — a game of cricket.

  • While most of the servant quarters scenes were filmed in a London studio, shots of the

  • estate's beautiful exterior and lavish interiors were the real deal.

  • In addition to being open to the public, Highclere Castle can be rented for weddings and parties.

  • Pricey production

  • Depicting all the glamor of the 1920s British aristocracy didn't come cheap.

  • From the period costumessome of them original piecesto the exquisite sets,

  • to the stellar cast of characters, the show cost a pretty penny to produce.

  • "How much money are we talking about?"

  • "A lot."

  • The show reportedly cost upwards of $1 million an episode.

  • But that's absurd!"

  • Indeed.

  • American influence

  • Believe it or not, the structure for the Britain-set show was actually inspired by several American

  • television series, including The West Wing, NYPD Blue, and E.R.

  • And you probably never imagined those shows had anything in common, did you?

  • Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes told The New York Times that he admired those series'

  • "tremendous energy" and that he followed in the American tradition of stuffing so many

  • simultaneous narratives into his period piece.

  • Unlike traditional British shows, the multi-narrative structure of the American TV scene had a heavy

  • influence on the way that Downton played out.

  • Tasty treats

  • While a lot of shows tend to use prop food items for their scenes, mealtimes were especially

  • important on Downton.

  • In fact, all those lavish dinners were so exquisite that the food became a character

  • in and of itself on the series.

  • Audiences loved to watch Mrs. Patmore, Daisy, and their merry band of cooks concoct their

  • scrumptious dishes for the Crawleys and their guests.

  • And since genuine presentation was key to the series, the production crew worked tirelessly

  • to make sure that the show's edibles actually were as delicious as they looked.

  • Unfortunately for the actors and crew, some of the dishes, particularly culinary delights

  • like lobster and crab, had a less-than-appealing stench by the end of a long day on set.

  • "God in heaven."

  • Eyes off

  • Dame Maggie Smith, who received five Emmy nominations for her role as Dowager Countess

  • of Grantham, has confessed that she has never watched an episode of Downton Abbey.

  • The octogenarian actress said she couldn't bear to see the show because she would have

  • been obsessed with thoughts of how she could have improved her performance.

  • Even watching it after the fact, she said, would be difficult because she'd probably

  • just harp on the things she could've done differently in her performance.

  • "It seems a pity to miss such a good pudding."

  • Dancing shoes

  • Before Jessica Brown Findlay stole the hearts of fans as Lady Sybil Grantham, the actress

  • was an accomplished ballet dancer.

  • Her love for dance began when she was three years old, and she went on to perform with

  • professional ballet circuits until an ankle injury ended her career as a dancer.

  • Heartbroken, Findlay continued to pursue her love of performing arts by taking acting classes

  • and began a career as an actress, which is how she ended up on the show.

  • Of course, that history of movement still has an impact on her current line of work

  • as well.

  • Findlay told The Telegraph, "I do still have a dancer's mentality, which may be to do with

  • the training.

  • It gives you a kind of determination."

  • Sourcing a scandal

  • One storyline from season one that would come to haunt Lady Mary through every season afterward

  • was the character's romantic interlude with Mr. Pamuk, the Turkish diplomat, which was

  • followed by his death in her bed.

  • It became almost comical as the women of the house returned his body to his own bed in

  • the middle of the night.

  • The most interesting thing about that storyline is that the plot was actually inspired by

  • a diary entry written by the great aunt of one of the show’s creator's friends, which

  • chronicled a similar story of a diplomat secretly entering the room of a single lady for a romantic

  • tryst , only to die in the middle of the night and have to be carried back into his room

  • by the women of the house.

  • Like they say, truth is stranger than fiction.

  • “A young woman of good family who finds herself in the bed of a man who is not her

  • husband has invariably been seduced.”

  • Unfortunate naming

  • It was a sad day when Isis, the faithful companion of Lord Grantham, passed away in season five.

  • Interestingly, some fans speculated that the dog was killed off because of its name, which

  • it unfortunately shared with the extreme terrorist group.

  • But that rumor was put to rest when Hugh Bonneville, who portrayed Lord Grantham, set the record

  • straight on that matter, saying, "Anyone who genuinely believes the series five storyline

  • involving the animal was a reaction to recent world news is a complete berk."

  • "That is all I have to say on the subject."

  • Major miss

  • X-Files alum Gillian Anderson was originally offered the role of Cora, the Countess of

  • Grantham, but turned it down due to the fact that she had small children and didn't want

  • to film on location for long periods at a time.

  • It wasn't the only hit show she'd say no to for the same reasonAnderson also passed

  • on the chance to appear in Game of Thrones.

  • Her loss was certainly Elizabeth McGovern's gain.

  • Queenly critique

  • Some members of the royal family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were huge

  • fans of Downton Abbey.

  • Even Queen Elizabeth confessed to being a loyal viewer of the show, but there was a

  • catch.

  • Her highness reportedly prided herself on picking out some of the show's more subtle

  • mistakes.

  • Despite the fact that Downton Abbey had a historical consultant to accurately portray

  • the way of life for the 1920s British aristocracy, Her Majesty noticed certain historical errors,

  • like when a young British officer was pictured wearing World War II regalia during the First

  • World War era.

  • Talk about a royal mishap.

  • Something tells us the sassy Dowager Countess may have been her favorite.

  • "I take that as a compliment."

  • "I must've said it wrong."

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ダウントン・アビーの知られざる真実 (The Untold Truth Of Downton Abbey)

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    Peikan Geng に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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