Longstanding friend of the Carnarvon family, Julian Fellowes had Highclere Castle in mind as he wrote Downton Abbey. He often commented he wanted a house which spectacularly testified to the confidence and soaring optimism of the Edwardian period.
The success of Downton Abbey took everyone by surprise from the first nervous apprehension whether anyone would like the first episode or stay with it for the second or third… the series has become a phenomenon with appreciative viewers all around the world.
The Downton Abbey Christmas Special is to be screened in the evening of Christmas Day and follows the family and servants as they go to London for the Summer Season.
Martha Levinson (Shirley McLaine) returns and Carson treats the staff to a special day out.
As reported in the Press, a fifth series of Downton Abbey has been commissioned and will begin shooting early in 2014.
The fourth series was very well received and had tremendous viewing figures here in the United Kingdom. The fourth series will be screened from January 2014 in North America where it has become a phenomenal success.
Find out more about the real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle.
Whilst the Castle and Grounds are now closed to visitors, do visit our online Gift Shop and take a look at Lady Carnarvon's new book: 'Lady Catherine & The Real Downton Abbey'. Click here to enter the Shop.