Sue Johnston to trade the Royle's for the Crawley's in Downton Abbey 5

In a bit of a different role than viewers are used to seeing her in, Sue Johnston trades in her matriarch status in The Royle Family and Coronation Street for the role of Denker, lady’s maid to Dame Maggie Smith’s Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, in the just-around-the-corner series 5 premiere of Downton Abbey. […]

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First glimpse of 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

As with the first time we checked into India’s self-described “luxury” resort, the front desk register at The Marigold Hotel once again reads like a who’s who of British acting royalty. Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Penelope Wilton and Dev Patel all return for a second stay in […]

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'Downton Abbey' cast guess what's in Julian Fellowes' mind palace

Less than a month removed from the final episode of series 4 of Downton Abbey, separation anxiety has set for most of the U.S. With filming for series 5 of the all-time British period drama favorite in full swing and everyone trying to figure out just what is in Julian Fellowes’ mind palace, it’s kinda […]

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Downton Abbey, S4, Ep 1 Facebook re-cap

Going virtually unnoticed what with the entire U.S. eagerly awaiting the return of Downton Abbey this past Sunday on PBS, was the realization that what was to also return were the drop-dead funny Facebook recaps of each episode over at happy place.com. Aside from actually watching the episode to frantically catch up before the next […]

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'Downton Abbey' gets the Lego treatment…

Downton Abbey… in Lego? Hey, if it’s good enough for the Winchester Pub and 221b Baker Street, it has to be good enough for Downton Abbey, right? After all, with last Sunday’s series 4 premiere topping 10 million viewers, making it the biggest drama series premiere in the history of PBS, it was only a […]

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Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery is….Connie Tough in TNT's 'Tough Justice'

Well, our one-day departure from dishing about Downton Abbey has ended. Before we talk about Sunday’s premiere of series 4, you may be wondering just what Michelle Dockery has been up to during the hiatus between series 4 and series 5 filming. Aside from her guest appearances with fellow Downton star, Elizabeth McGovern, for several […]

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One final Downton Abbey S3 recap before tonight's S4 premiere

With everyone west of the Atlantic gearing up for tonight’s long-awaited American premiere of the 4th season of Downton Abbey, there have been a myriad of recaps surface over the last several days to help those out at the last minute. By this time most, I would hope, are caught up with the goings on […]

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