Monday, December 24, 2012

Downton Abbey’s Christmas Day special

Christmas day special at the Abbeys

Downton Abbey is about the biggest thing on television at the moment. The period hit drama shot much of its two-hour Christmas day special at Inveraray Castle. In real life, Inveraray Castle is home to the Duke and Duchess of Argyll.
The show is mainly known for being filmed at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, where British and American tourists have flocked since the series became a hit in 2010.
The first series was set in 1912. It has followed the fortunes of the aristocratic Crawley family through to the 1920s. In that decade, Inveraray Castle was inhabited by the 10th Duke of Argyll, Niall, who built the Bell Tower in the town to commemorate those who died in World War I and was a scholarly recluse later in life.

Downton Abbey has won fans worldwide and an average of 11.9 million viewers in Britain watched its third season, which will premiere in the US on PBS on January 6.


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