October 1

Downton Abbey episode 3 trailer #downtonabbey

Here’s what’s coming up in episode 3:  Lady Mary’s childhood friend, Lord Gillingham has weathered some of the storms that are breaking over the Crawleys and Downton Abbey, as he attempts  to balance family expectations and the demands of the modern world. Engaged to the Hon. Mabel Lane Fox, his choice is perhaps more sensible than inspired, and meeting Mary again makes him start to wonder whether he may have given up on life too soon.
September 22

An afternoon at the Downton Abbey Press Launch

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About five weeks ago ITV held a press screening for the new series of Downton Abbey.

After a screening of episode one of the new series a special guest was revealed: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa who will be seen later in the series playing opera legend Nellie Melba – and she serenaded the gathered journalists with two songs, O Mio Babbino Caro by Puccini and Dvorak’s Songs My Mother Taught Me.

There was a short round table interview with Executive Producers Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge, Historical Advisor Alastair Bruce, Allen Leech, who plays Tom Branson, and Dame Kiri. I thought I’d share a short clip of Dame Kiri singing – and a couple of pictures I took of Elizabeth McGovern (Lady Cora) and Lily James as (Lady Rose). After the round table lots of other cast members were rolled out for interviews including Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) and Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith)…