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The Real Downtown Abbey – Highclere Castle

Being featured in a world famous drama series is not a distinction that many buildings achieve, but the stately Highclere Castle has done it. This is the home shown in Downtown Abbey, the drama series about pre- Edwardian British aristocrats. In fact, one of the residents of this castle, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon is the inspiration behind one of the most popular characters of this show – Lady Cora.
1000-acre Castle Belonging to the Carnarvons
Almost all episodes of the show have been filmed on the grounds of this imposing castle located in West Berkshire. The 1000-acre sprawling castle belongs to the Carnarvon family since 1679. With 50 bedrooms, there is sure to have been enough place for guests here no matter how big the party got!
Before Highclere came into being in its present day avatar, a medieval palace belonging to the Bishop of Winchester occupied this space. Right about the time when Queen Victoria took charge of England’s fortunes, the castle was renovated by Sir Charles Barry. It was transformed into a dazzling example of Jacobethan architecture and design intermingled with Italian design elements. When Benjamin Disraeli got his first glimpse at Highclere, he is believed to have exclaimed, “How scenical!”
The King Tut Connection at Highclere
In a very interesting twist, there is actually a connection between the residents of Highclere and King Tut’s spectacular treasures. The 5th Earl of Carnarvon was in fact known as the discoverer of the Egyptian boy king’s tomb, along with Howard Carter. Some believe that Tut’s curse led to the Earl’s death in Cairo, when a mosquito bite caused a fatal infection! When he died, the lights in Cairo went off and the Earl’s dog died at Highclere – peculiar coincidences that add to the mystery of the story.

Downton Abbey: Aire’s in U.S. in September

There have been rumors circulating the internet with the possibility of the U.S. getting the same time slot as the UK. They were able to get this confirmation with Julian Fellowes. When PBS commented, it seemed more like a fantasy. Although it would be nice, there would be too much competition for the time slots.

One of the biggest pushes to get the U.S. to have the same viewing time as the UK is due to the massive amount of “Spoilers” flying around the internet while the episodes haven’t aired in the U.S. I won’t lie, I’m not helping the situation, but for my UK followers, it’s imperative that I tell them what is going on and what they should be looking for the upcoming episodes.

Although talks have been circulating about this possible move, it seems unlikely. Currently, the U.S. still set to aire Downton Abbey on January 2015. I will keep you updated to the state of Downton Abbey as I hear more about this possibility.

George Clooney Wedding


Hold the presses, hold the presses! It seems that if you are a Downton Abbey lover and a George Clooney lover… Then your heart is going to beat out of its chest. It seems that George Clooney has been given a free tour around the Highclere Castle.

For those of you whom haven’t been following the bachelor Clooney around, it seems that he has found the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. Her name is Amal Almuddin. Amal Almuddin is a london based, British-Lebanese lawyer. Along with her brains, she is an activist and author. She is specializes in criminal and international law, civil rights and extradition.

As you know, George Clooney himself has made waves in his activism, being arrested several times for voicing his concerns in the south Sudan. He started voicing out his concerns and became a real activist back in 2003 when he voiced out on gun control. For someone who is in the spotlight all the time, Clooney shared with us something that is much more intimate than his acting career, that is human rights. No surprise that he wants to marry a beautiful and smart individual who has spent her life to fighting back wrongful doings.

Series Starts Filming in Oxfordshire

Most of the fans of Downton Abbey like I have been impatiently waiting for the next installment and filming of the next series. Well the cast have been spotted outside Oxfordshire making there new season of Downton Abbey. Pictures have been taken of Michelle Dockery (plays Lady Mary) and Lord Gillingham and Charles Blake.

From many of the pictures placed up in line and the facial expressions made. Reading the body language and the acting on set, it seems to me that the suitor is that of Charles Blake. Slowly Mary is starting to open up, but I don’t think we will see a sharp interest until mid-season.

We are in the down stretched for the 5th season of Downton Abbey and I know you all can barely wait until its arrival. I will take it upon myself to scour the internet and the magazines to find the newest pieces of information for those of you to feast away at.

It also seems that Tom Branson, whom is arguably one of the more favorite characters on the show, whom also lost his wife a couple years ago is starting to make a rebound and might have found a little someone by the name of Sarah Bunting. There are pictures of them during the shoot in which he is showing a little flirtatious behavior. Like a gentlemen, some of the pictures shows his beautiful smile while he removes that hat from his head.

I’m expecting a lot to happen in season 5 so get ready!




British viewers turn on Downton Storyline!


For those of you in the UK that have been following Downton Abbey verses those of you trying to learn more about what is going on with Downton Abbey, it seems that the storyline and the twists that go with it are setting peoples hearts on fire (and not in a good way).

Julian Fellowes, the creator to Downton Abbey has defended his stances in a very heated development. Recently, after Sundays episodes, 60 complaints were received by the network shocked over the apparent rape of Anna May Bates (Joanne Froggatt) on the show.

There was outrage over the thought that something exciting or shock worthy would effect the show that much. What people don’t realize is that real life situations do occur and things don’t work out merry for people. People cannot hide behind a veil in a world where things like this don’t happen.

Although as I have stated on this blog that I am not a watcher of this show. This has intrigued me and set a fire burning within my chest to start watching this show. I don’t care if I piss people off. As a mini psychologist or at least like to call myself one. It’s important to travel down the roads that most people never want to travel. It’s important to learn and experience the emotional feeling about situations that do occur in real life. So I commend the creator in this respect for taking a chance.

People should look at this shoe with respect and the intentions behind “why” the showing of the rape is important. There is nothing good about a rape unless the assailant is stabbed profusely during it and the victim is victorious in getting her revenge. But we can’t hide behind curtains. So I think people, especially the older viewers should look at this as a learning experience.

Why women love Downton Abbey!

That is right ladies, we shall dive into your intricate brains and the love you have for Downton Abbey. First off, there are several reasons why the love for Downton Abbey Season 4 is so great. Below will examine several of the main points as to what they are.

1) Drama – Women love drama. They love to watch as someone’s life goes horribly wrong so they have something to gossip about. It’s not there fault, it’s a natural behavior that goes back millennium… or the beginning of time. Frankly, a dramatic television show, play, or book must follow one very simple rule. The writer must capture the reader by setting many obstacles in the protagonists way. It’s the only way to keep woman involved.
2) Courtship – Now, the only thing that makes a show this successful, especially to women, is this grand notion of the old times of courtship. Guys, if there is anything you take of reading this… which no guy will take out of, because no guy reads this crap, is the simple fact that women love the idea of courtship and the work guys must do to obtain the right to a girls hand. They are looking for what guys used to be called, “Gentlemen,” which has long since died. Although, every once in a while when the moon is hitting just right, a werewolf (the abnormal gentleman) reveals himself to a lady. Ladies are living in this fantasy world where none of this will happen again.
3)England – I am just setting this down in stone now. All girls secretly want to hook up with English gentlemen. They have this creepy notion that all English men are civilized… “get that shit out of your head, get the brain into reality.” The accent is nice to listen to for about a week before you just want to shoot yourself in the face.
4) Period – This goes back to many things said before. Women love time period dramas. Because women are very focused on romanticism and true love, this period of time in human history is every little girls fantasy. Some believe that if they go overseas, somehow there little fantasy will come true. Everyone wants there dreams to come true, and most ladies understand that for at least an hour each week, they can live out a fantasy.
Maybe one day, as most hipsters start new clothing lines or at least “join them before they get popular,” maybe this fantasy might become reality in the future. Maybe this is the easy way to get the woman of your dreams gentlemen. Just dress up in the appropriate attire and strike a nice conversation using your newly conditioned English gentlemen like voice and win the hearts of the masses!

Premiere Date


Downton Abbey Season 4 Premiere Date

The premiere date has officially been revealed. The new season of Downton Abbey Season 4 will premiere September 22, 2013 on ITV. For most of you, and like me, will be unable to see the show. I plan to run the show that will be linked on this website for a 2 day period. But the show will not be running until the day after the episode airs. So come back to this site to watch the new installments before anyone in the U.S. The episodes will fall under “Episodes” page as soon as the first episode is available for us to get.

Release soon of first scene Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith)

Season 4 Preview

Below Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) says, “You have a straightforward choice before you: You must choose either death or life.”
Who is she speaking to? We can’t tell because we never get a glimpse of the person or a shot in anyway. We can deduce from the words spoken that it’s said to the closest of people to him… Mary. Countess says very important words, you can either shut down and give up or choose to live on for him and you.. only you can make that choice.

As everyone who watches this show, it is clearly known that Matthew dies at the end of season 3. And so we have this dilemma. But from all the stories that have circulated for the past couple months, it’s very easily to deduce that Mary isn’t going to kill herself and the words from Countess are just a note. In my belief, with all the suitors rumors and additional seasons of Mary, it makes this part of the story very hard to care simply because we know that the words from Countess are useless. Although must be said in the show, in reality and us being omniscient, just useless.


As soon as clip is broadcasted, we will place the clip up on here for your viewing pleasure. Also, there have been rumors that the beginning of this season 4 will be somewhere in Mid-September in UK and January in the United States.