October 30, 2013

Downton Abbey EXTRA - I bet you didn't know.....

Yes, this is a post about Downton Abbey and YES, there is a photo of a super hip, turtle-neck-wearing private eye!  This edition of Downton Abbey Extra is  GROOVY baby!

If you are over a certain age, you will have heard of the TV show SHAFT.  Very 70's.   Big hair and polyester suits. 

Well, did you know that one of our most loved characters on Downton Abbey was based on the character SHAFT?!?!   Crazy, right?   But it's true, I got right from the source.  
So of course, I had to find and  share the video to back me up on this intriguing bit of information.  

Aside from that, there are some really cool little facts and stories from behind the scenes. And just wait until you see Phyllis Logan who plays  Mrs. Hughes!  Big difference from how she looks on Downton. Beautiful lady. And, you'll find the answer to who the Downton version of Shaft is.  

Okay, so the Shaft thing isn't true....but why would you believe anything Thomas told you anyway?  I believed him....should have known better!!  I think Bates is more a Magnum P.I. guy....

and now, I think it is time for some words from Dame Maggie and a few favorite Dowager Countess Quotes...

Dame Maggie Smith has suggested a number of times that the leaps forward in time on Downton Abbey mean her character, the Dowager Countess, is really starting to get on a bit. But what a collection of put-downs and one-liners she has to her name...
The star has hinted that she could be among the next batch of characters to meet an unfortunate end on the show, but several of her cast-mates, including Michelle Dockery, have maintained that, actually, it just can’t work without her.
“Logically Violet must be about a hundred-and-something now, so I don’t know how long she’ll go on,” the veteran actress told the Daily Star. “There will be bath chairs and things they can push me around in."
Dame Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey (WENN)
But Dockery insisted: “If more people start leaving that’s when it can’t go on. Like if Maggie Smith decided not to do it any more, I think that really would be the end.”
Elizabeth McGovern, who plays Cora Crawley, added: “It would be hard to imagine continuing without Maggie. Her character is integral to what makes Downton special. It keeps it alive. There is a sort of intrinsic wit to everything. There’s a sense of humour and that is most encapsulated in Maggie’s character cutting through the dramatic tension with a one-liner.”
You can see what she means. With a hefty backlog of incredible zingers, the Dowager Countess is many people’s favorite thing about Downton Abbey.

1 comment:

  1. EXCELLENT post! so looking forward to tonight's episode. i feel a "clue" like story might be in the works, so i'm making a bold prediction: mr. bates/in the boot room/with a cane !!

    thanks for being our faithful downton dealer. you're the walter white of british telly!

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