‘Jericho’ with Call the Midwife’s Jessica Raine set to be the next ‘next Downton Abbey’

It seems like ever since that little British period drama we call Downton Abbey decided to call it a day after the upcoming sixth series, every series pitch, every series commission, every subsequent press announcement starts out by billing the proposed series as, “…the next Downton Abbey“. The most recent drama that has been tagged as the […]

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Dame Maggie Smith swaps Downton Abbey for Alan Bennett’s driveway

Instead of having to forever wonder just “What is a weekend?” or endlessly question the need for electricity, Dame Maggie Smith has opted to swap her trademark Dowager Countess hat and dress for a knit cap and dirty raincoat (just for a bit, Downton Abbey fans) for her forthcoming role in playwright Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the […]

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Happy 80th – Dame Maggie Smith!

Fresh on the heels of one of the all-time greats of the acting world (Dame Judi Dench) turning 80 earlier this month on December 9, we now have the brilliant opportunity to celebrate another ‘Dame’ as she turns 80 today – Dame Maggie Smith. Although she has achieved worldwide recognition from her portrayal of Professor Minerva […]

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Countdown to Downton; Isobel vs. Violet and Mr. Carson + Mrs. Hughes

With the 5th season series premiere of Downton Abbey a mere week away, America is preparing to let all phone calls go to voicemail when PBS’ Masterpiece series returns to Downton beginning at 9:00p ET/8:00p CT on Sunday, January 4, 2015. Since it’s been almost a year since we last visited the Crawleys, it’s time for a bit of catch-up […]

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Fancy a night’s stay at Highclere…sort of?

If you are wondering what it would be like to be a part of the Crawley family and stay overnight at Highclere Castle, the setting for Downton Abbey, now is your chance…sort of. Beginning Valentine’s Day, the Highclere estate is offering guests the opportunity to access your inner-most Dowager Countess and stay the night in […]

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