Downton Abbey Screening and Cast Q&A

Posted on December 16, 2011

We had the distinct pleasure of attending a screening hosted by WNET, the New York PBS station, of Downton Abbey’s premiere episode of season 2. The first 50 minutes of it, anyway. Even better, we had the pure thrill of several cast members coming out for a 45-minute Q&A afterwards.

Joanne Froggatt (Anna), Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley), Elizabeth McGovern (Lady Grantham), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham), Executive Producer Gareth Neame (charming and kind of hot).

Here, Elizabeth McGovern, who, along with Hugh Bonneville, sitting to her right, found out about her Golden Globe nomination that day, tells how her life mirrors Cora’s in that they both moved to England, married Englishmen, and are raising daughters who sometimes think she’s a dumb American.

Michelle Dockery and Dan Stevens. All the ladies were gorgeous and jarring in their modern makeup and 6-inch heels. We sat in the front row, with all their massive suede pumps right at eye level. It was all we could talk about afterwards. We’re fashion bloggers. Sue us.

Everyone was super-charming and genuinely seemed to be enjoying themselves. They were very appreciative of the crowd and open and fun with their answers. The mood was heightened by the Golden Globe announcements.

Lorenzo asked a question about the costumes (of course) and how it affected performance. In responding, Elizabeth does her best Maggie Smith impersonation, huffing about her apparently annoying high lace collar.

EVERYONE talked about Maggie constantly, in the most glowing and affectionate terms. Several were asked to do an impersonation, but Hugh admitted outright he was too afraid to do so.

After the Q&A, coffee and dessert were served, and the attendees could all line up for a chance to chat with, and get autographs of the stars.

Neither of us are autograph-seeker types, but Lorenzo has the biggest crush on Anna and Joanne looked so cute in her Jason Wu dress that he got in line  just to tell her that. He told her that she was his favorite, she seemed touched, and then she told him how much she’s loving being in New York in December. They all said that. In fact, they mentioned that they were all going out partying as soon as the event was over. How surreal would it be to party with Lord and Lady Grantham at some dive bar in Manhattan at 3 am?

We will have a review of the episode (LOTS of juiciness!) and writeup of the Q&A soon, darlings. We’re going to be blogging Season 2 of the show, which starts airing here in the U.S. on January 8th on PBS. Before that, we’ll blog through Season 1 starting later this month. Get out your DVDS! And if you don’t have them, we’re pretty sure you can find S1 on Netflix streaming. Several PBS stations will be airing S1 marathons later this month and early next month as well.

U.K. kittens are asked to refrain from any S2 spoilers in the comments section.

[Photo Credit: courtesy of  facebook.com/wnet-thirteen]

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Ahhh so lucky! Anna is my favorite.

      • Anonymous

        And wait til you see episode one of Season 2: There was a scene between Anna & Bates that caused the screening audience to burst into applause.

        And seeing her in person from just a few feet away (I was sitting in the first row) the first thing you notice, aside from how pretty she is, is that she speaks with a different accent than on the show. She said that she researched to make sure she had a period Yorkshire accent.–GothamTomato

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lela-Loving-Lichtenstein/1593554570 Lela Loving Lichtenstein

      8D Season two is indeed on Netflix instant streamin’! Also, fun story: a new character in season two is played by the same actor that plays Jorah Mormont in A Game of Thrones. 

      • Anonymous

        He is so much sexier as Jorah though. Mmmmm.

        • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

          TRUTH. So smarmy as what’s-his-face, but the roughness of Jorah suits him SO WELL.

          • Anonymous

            I would gladly live in exile with Jorah. I miss Game of Thrones. :(

      • Robyn Garrett

         Wow! I watched the whole thing and didn’t recognize it until you called it out!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for filling us in! Sounds like an incredible evening. I’m happy you’re going to recap season 1 and then blog season 2.

    • Anonymous

      CANNOT. WAIT. 

    • http://twitter.com/nanipoo Ilana Schenck

      OMGOMGOMG!!!! Jealous!!! I JUST watched the first season, it was so addicting! Glad to hear you’ll be blogging!

    • Anonymous

      Lucky boys!! And thank you for your consistent taste and wit!

    • http://twitter.com/aidanboleyn Aidan B

      Oh that is so exciting! How lucky you are! Anna is my favorite too I think, she is just so lovely. But I’d be thrilled to meet any of them! The fact that they were all too intimidated to impersonate Maggie Smith is hysterical.
      I can not WAIT for season 2!!

    • Anonymous

      I find it amazing how you two have legitimately become insiders with invitations to fashion week and events like this, and yet you still manage to make blog readers (like me) feel as if they are at a party with fan boys who just got to meet Stan Lee (“totally geeking, man!”)  How you’ve managed to maintain that is beyond me, but it’s why it fun to be here.

      Having said that, I’m glad you’ll be blogging this.  Got to see season two in AU, and I’m rather curious to see your reaction.  And as I mentioned elsewhere, Lady Mary has (at least) one dress I’d become anorexic for…

      • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

        God, what I would do for Lady Mary’s wardrobe.

        But I love that all the girls have like three dresses that they rotate between, even though they have to dress for dinner every day. Mary’s been wearing two of them for about 6 years at this point! I love how realistic that is, especially given that season 2 takes place during WWI.

        • Anonymous

          She said Lady Mary has a total of 12 costumes. One was actually vintage, from the period, but was so fragile that after wearing it once it started to fall apart. And he said the period corsetting is so tight that if you sneeze wrong you can pull a muscle (she said that happened to one of the other girls, but I forget which one).

          And when asked by the Masterpiece producer about her costumes, Joanna said Anna has only 2, and that she had all the same pain but none of the glamour.

          –GothamTomato

          • Anonymous

            Thanks for repeating the comments on the costumes. 

      • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

        Yes, and they do it in such a charming way, too – I can’t begrudge them their invitations. You guys still seem like one of us and I love it! I’ve been here since the beginning, mostly lurking, and I love how you’ve stayed the same and not let your success change who you are. I’m genuinely happy for you both when you’re invited to things, just because of how normal you seem (and the funny bitchery that comes from said invites). I’ll be crossing my fingers for even better invites in the coming year, and if I ever become famous, I know who to call as my stylists. Love you, TLo!

    • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

      Ahhh, I almost entered a thing to win tickets to this! Alas, my office was moving last night, so instead I was pulling books off carts and loading them onto A SHELF, ANY SHELF until 10:30 last night. Yours sounds better, though now I’m kind of wishing I had partied with Lord & Lady Grantham rather than going home, stuffing pasta in my face, and falling into bed.

      But I have the biggest girlcrush on Michelle Dockery and her amazing face. (Her EYEBROWS, guys. LOVE.) Her expressiveness elevates a character that I could easily hate into my favorite on the show.

      • Anonymous

        You should have. They had 50 Facebook fans in attendance and that added to the enthusiasm of the audience responses. And listening to the questions during the Q&A, it was obvious which were coming from the press (probably on assignment and not too familiar with the show) and which were coming from people who actually love the show.

        On top of that, the experience of watching the show on a big movie screen, in a theatre full of people, reacting in unison, adds a whole other dimension to it. It is great fun. I’ve seen that before with EastEnders (I’ve organized lots of screening events for EE fans and it is the same with that – watching it on a big screen with a group is completely different than watching at home on your TV). If you ever get the chance to attend a screening, do it.

        As for Michelle Dockery, in answer to a question about when did they know the show had become a hit, she told of being in New York last year and sitting in a tea shop, listening to people at another table talking about the show and speculating about what was going to happen in the next episode. (In answer to the same question, Hugh Bonneville said that he was taking his son to school and a 10 year old came up to him and said, ‘I HATE Thomas! What’s going to happen next week?’)

        –GothamTomato

        • Anonymous

          Even films. I remember seeing Blue Velvet at the cinema after having seen it on video and it was a completely different experience. Things that were disturbing at home were more humorous in a large group.

          Eastenders?! Wow! I gave up on it a few years ago when it sunk to new levels of unrelenting misery! It used to be good at times but I prefer Coronation street.  And it’s not that I have a problem with a bit of misery (just been watching the rather heartbreaking ‘This is England 88′ and loved it) but Eastenders has forgotten that people do laugh sometimes :)

          • Anonymous

            Really? I find a lot of humor in EE – but it is character-based humor. And despite having a high rate of auto fatalities and misplaced sperm, they spend most of their time partying in the pub. 

            –GothamTomato

            • Anonymous

              Yes, there’s some humour from the likes of Dot but it’s pretty notorious for it’s high tragedy level :) I’ve watched off and on since it started. I go through phases of watching it then switch off in disgust again when the storylines get too stupid or too depressing. I haven’t gone back to it since the Phil Mitchell drugs story that just stretched credibility too far. I hate the way they just won’t allow any character to be remotely happy for more than 5 minutes before taking them into the depths of despair!

              Don’t get me wrong, it’s had some classic moments over the years like the Kat and Zoe Slater storyline and the old Dirty Den days, but there just isn’t anyone in the cast that would make me watch these days.

            • Anonymous

              I always think it’s funny when people say that because that’s the way it is with every drama – including Downton Abbey – if the characters don’t have problems or tragedy, there is no drama. The big difference is, with Downton, the tragedy is dressed up in beauty.

              –GothamTomato

            • Anonymous

              Well of course, obviously, and everyone has their share in real life. I’m fine with tragedy in a drama – it’s a requirement usually. And I like gritty drama, like the aforementioned This is England, which I loved! However Eastenders has a habit of taking a character and beating them into a pulp time after time, far beyond the realms of probability. Little Mo was a prime example to take just one. You can get away with that in a short series like, for instance, Downton, but in a primetime soap week in and week out for 25 years you need a bit of respite. Eastenders has never been as good at that contrast as it’s competitors.

              In total, even though it has it’s humorous moments, there’s no warmth in Eastenders compared to Coronation Street, or even Emmerdale. 

            • Anonymous

              I agree about the first part, to a degree. I think that is a problem they have because they went from two days a week to four. As for Corrie though, from what I’ve seen the production values are much lower, and the few times I’ve watched it I wasn’t too impressed with the acting.

              And neither can compare to Downton, but then again, it’s not really a fair comparison. If Downton became a regular weekly series, it would suffer the same fate – AND would not be able to attract the likes of Maggie Smith!–GothamTomato

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1260924501 Frank Butterfield

      I love, love, love that they were all talking about Dame Maggie.  I think I have a little crush on Hugh Bonneville…  January 8th is also the date that the first of the new three AbFab specials shows on BBC America, btw.  DVRs will be burning up!

      • Anonymous

        Hooray for British TV! Until January, here’s a link to the spoof of Downton Abbey featuring Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley and many others that was done for a charity to tide us over:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5dMlXentLw 

        • Anonymous

          Thanks for the link! Loved it

          • Anonymous

            Thank T Lo – I got the link from one of their posts a few months ago. There’s a Part 2 also :D

        • Anonymous

          During the Q&A, someone asked them what they thought of this and they said they loved it. And Michelle Dockery said that the actress who played her is a friend of hers.

          –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        Frank, you’re going to have to fight me for Hugh. ;-)

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Beth-Rang/1362051737 Beth Rang

        I have a wee crush on Hugh Bonneville too. He looked so good for this Q&A too.

    • bloodshothalfblind

      i couldn’t wait for the US premiere & have already watched season 2.  without giving anything away, it is fantastic!  i’m dying to hear what you all have to say about it! :D

    • Anonymous

      iTunes has the 7-episode UK version of season 1.  I don’t know if Netflix is streaming that version or the PBS one.  I’m sure not too much is edited out, but I know there is not a minute I’m willing to miss!  I just finally finished watching season one, so really looking forward to the blog.  And just think, Mad Men won’t be far behind.  Ah, winter is shaping up nicely!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1260924501 Frank Butterfield

        The Netflix version is branded as a Masterpiece Classic (WGBH), so it’s definitely PBS.

      • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

        Netflix has the UK version.

        • Anonymous

          Okay.  Well, that’s exactly the same as iTunes then.  The download is labeled “original UK version,” but when you play it starts off with Laura Linney announcing Masterpiece Classic.  So I guess PBS released the UK version on DVD, etc., but aired a shorter version on television.

        • Anonymous

          i thought that our 4 were the combination of the UK 7.  So we did see the entire thing.  is that incorrect?

          • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

            I haven’t seen both, but I hear tell that there were a couple minor subplots that were deleted? Couldn’t tell you which, though.

          • Anonymous

            My understanding is you are correct. Only the format was different.

          • Jessica Stone

            I remember reading news articles that the PBS version would be eliminating certain minor details they felt the American audience wouldn’t appreciate–allusions to the entailment, for example. I’ve watched the UK version of both seasons and admit I got a little huffy that they thought anything might sail over my little American head. I haven’t seen the PBS version of the first, and probably won’t see it of the second season either, so I can’t really comment on what they’ve edited.

            • Anonymous

              PBS did not delete anything. 

              And actually there was a reporter at the screening who asked about whether they thought they should change things for Americans who wouldn’t understand what an entail is, and the producer said that they had decided to NOT change anything for Americans. And they joked about how lots of Brits don’t know what an entail is. Elizabeth McGovern cracked that she didn’t know what an entail is, but Laura Linney seems to know a lot about it.And btw, the reality is, anyone who has read or watched Pride & Prejudice or Sense & Sensibility knows enough about what an entail is.–GothamTomato

            • Anonymous

              Thanks for the clarification.  Good to know we’re seeing everything, entails and all.  The writing certainly owes more than a little to Jane Austen, not a bad thing.  I really enjoyed in season one the way you could see Mary and Matthew changing their minds about each other as they got to know each other, and you doing the same with each of them, as they were kind of chafing against their situation at the same time.  It really does seem like an updating of P&P, with the intervening century giving the characters that much more of a rebellious stance towards being nudged into a marriage because of an entail.  The extra 100 years also gives a lot more opportunity to see women feeling their way into their own than was possible in Jane Austen’s time, not to mention seeing the lives, upwardly mobile aspirations and/or political awakening of the “serving” class.  It’s like Austen character development in a much less rigid and more interesting time period, that we know is about to change drastically.  Brilliant!

              Congratulates on making it to the screening.  Sounds like it was a great night!

            • Anonymous

              It was. I do a lot of volunteer work with my local PBS stations, which is why they gave me the ticket. 

              And actually volunteering for PBS is something I highly recommend. They do good work and they need help from the public to do it. It’s a great organization and it offers fun opportunities to meet some interesting people.–GothamTomato

            • Anonymous

              You know, that’s a very good idea.  You’ve made a very effective pitch!  And it’s nice to see they treat their volunteers so well.  Class act.

            • Anonymous

              The main news article that claimed the show was dumbed down for the American audience was from The Daily Mail–a source traditionally lacking in veracity.  It was implied that huge amounts had been cut from the show for the stupid US audience.  I saw the PBS version first, then the “full” version on Netflix. Small, relatively unimportant bits had been snipped for the PBS episodes–which ran longer & without commercials over here.  The edits were done by the UK producers.  

              Since I live in the USA, I’ll wait for the PBS version–with content edited to fit our show lengths but nothing left out this time.  I have read UK reviews of the second series; perhaps it will benefit from some rearrangement.  The Times reviews were especially hilarious!

              Sherlock begins in the UK on January 1st & over here in May; I will not wait for THAT show!  Shady methods aside, the DVD’s & BluRays go on sale in the UK at the end of January; I’ve got a region-free DVD player….

          • Anonymous

            Correct. We DID see the entire thing. Nothing was deleted.

            –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        Amazon Prime members can already stream the first two seasons at no additional charge.  The costuming is amazing and I am so pleased that TLo will be blogging it – can’t wait!  

        • Anonymous

          Oh, good. We just got Amazon Prime so I can watch the second season.

      • Anonymous

        Both versions are the same.  The PBS version is shorter, because they cut out the ads from the UK ersion.

      • Anonymous

        PBS did not edit anything out of it. They only repacked it because on ITV in the UK, there were commercials in it. Here on PBS there are no commercials so they had to rearrange the scenes to fill out the full hours. But US viewers on PBS see EVERY scene that was aired in the UK.

        And with season 2, UK viewers have had a long wait for a special stand-alone episode that aires on Christmas Day. Here in the US on PBS, we won’t have that wait. We will see that stand-alobe special attached to the regular season 2 – with no gap in-between.–GothamTomato

        • Anonymous

          Not too long a wait, only 7 weeks :) 

          Not sure how they get 7 episodes into 4 without cuts. How long is each episode there?
          It’s about an hour and ten minutes an episode originally, with about 5 ad breaks. So basically an hour of actual show once the ads are removed.

          • Anonymous

            There’s a lot more than 10 minutes of commercials on ITV. And the episodes on PBS are each 90 minutes. They have confirmed repeatedly that PBS showed everything.

            As for the wait for the Christmas episode, for once we’ll have the UK beat – we’ll have just a one week wait. 

            –GothamTomato

            • Anonymous

              90 minute episodes explains it then.
              Apparently ITV breached Ofcom guidelines for ad lengths during Downton so next series will have one less break. Currently an episode minus ads is 55 minutes long. This is why I prefer the BBC!

    • Marjorie Walter

      Hooray!  I’ve missed your Boardwalk Empire posts so much that I am extra super excited about seeing what you have to say about Downton Abbey.  And BTW, season one is available free streaming for Amazon Prime customers.  I watched the whole season last weekend on my Fire.  Can.  Not.  Wait.  For season two!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1129137319 Paula Pertile

      Thanks for the inside peek.

    • Anonymous

      what happened to the other sister, the radical feminist one? is her absence some subtle spoiler for season 2, i wonder.  i find the Lady Mary character incredibly intense so that i’m rooting for her even when she is being spiteful to her poor sister Anna. Confess i’m not sold on Elizabeth McGovern’s acting as the mater, and Maggie Smith flat out annoys me, as she seems to display the same arch acting no matter the vehicle, downton abbey or harry potter – and really, truth be told, the prrime of miss jean brrrodie.

      looking forward to the season one catch t.lo blog.

      • Anonymous

        *catch up*

      • Anonymous

        Anna is head housemaid (or something like that) not one of the sisters. The one you think of would be Edith with Sybil being the feminist one – both are still around in season 2 – so no subtle spoiler there.

        • Anonymous

          ok. thanks for the correction re Anna. the one who is love with the lame guy. 

      • Noelle Haland

        Malvernite, I’m just curious — do you live in the Malvern Hills area in England?

        • Anonymous

          i’m in canada.

    • Anonymous

      My husband and I just watched Gosford Park last night, followed immediately by the first episode of Downton Abbey on Netflix. I love the upstairs/downstairs drama payed out in both. I will finished DA S1 over the weekend so I can follow along!

    • Anonymous

      Such wonderful news that you’ll be blogging about this! Saw S1 via Netflix; been trying to figure out how to get S2 in U.S. I know a little about what goes on in S2 as I also read the ‘Femail/Mail Online’ from the UK Daily Mail (trashy gossip website). Can’t wait to see it. I understand there are MANY interesting events…..

    • Anonymous

      I would gladly kill for this show.  I love it so much.  But what about my favorite character – the house itself?  How can I get inside and live there secretly forever?  And the costumes.  The fabrics.  It is to die.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for letting us live vicariously. What fun!

    • Anonymous

      Oh yay! I have a good reason to re-watch season 1. Can’t imagine anyone else blogging this one. Again, YAY!

    • Anonymous

      I liked Joanne Froggatt in Life on Mars too. Took me a little while when watching Downton to remember what I knew her from!

    • http://twitter.com/mellafe natalia h

      I love Joanne, I’ve watched pretty much everything she’s ever been in.

      At first I thought you were insanely lucky going to a premiere for Season 3! Hahaha. Silly me, where are my glasses? I didn’t know Season 2 is just about to air (because I already watched the entire thing). In the words of my favorite blogger, YOU ARE NOT PREPARED.

    • http://twitter.com/AileenBartels Aileen Bartels

      I don’t know which I’m more excited about:  season 2 or reading your posts about season 1 as a warm up.

    • http://stitchingincircles.etsy.com Tina

      yayayay! I am SO glad yr going to blog Downton Abbey. I’ve been watching season 2 online (illegally, shhhhh), and I miss reading your comments whenever I watch a show y’all do’t blog. Another last YAY for good measure!

      • MilaXX

        for some reason I resisted the temptation to DL, now I’ll get to enjoy it with TLO, although I may grab that first ep in case they review it before it airs here.

    • MilaXX

      I still have the eps on my DVR. Yay for blogging.

    • Anonymous

      I love Anna!!! I also love Dan Stevens (I have gotten his name wrong twice in this post because his hotness confuses me), though. That fool has got my number.

      I’ve seen all of season 2 via my bootleg websites (no spoilers, promise. I would never do that to precious unborn fawns.) and I wish I could watch it again. Sigh. I love this show.

    • Anonymous

      I never quite caught the resemblance b/t E McGovern and Michelle Dockery, though they were perfectly fine as m and d on the show. But the second picture – mygod! – they look like they definitely share some DNA (even tho they don’t).

      • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

        I think it’s hilarious how Mary and Sybil look like their mother and Edith looks like their father, yet none of the actors are related. Excellent casting there!

    • CQAussie

      I hate you bitches!!  You get to do all the fun stuff while the Kittens have to stay home.  SIGH.  How lovely.  So glad you’re sharing all of this with us =D  I love Anna too but Lord Grantham is personal fave.  Oh who am I kidding, I love them all!!

    • Elizabeth Davis

      I am SO unbelievably jealous right now!!! My envy subsides, though, with the knowledge that you guys will be blogging the show. I can’t wait. : )

    • http://twitter.com/wednesdaydreams Natalie

      oh this is good, i’m looking forward to seeing your comments on Season Two, especially on the costuming.

    • http://twitter.com/jessb83 Jess

      Marathon-ing S1 tomorrow with some friends. Can’t wait for S2! 

    • Anonymous

      You two are so good to your minions, bringing generous lashings of crumbs home from the feast.

      So glad the vibe was good – it genuinely looks like a fun dog & pony show. Man, that Dan Stevens fella is all kinds of fetching when he’s relaxed and laughing.

    • Anonymous

      Can’t wait for S2! Too bad Maggie Smith had been an actress in the 40′s, she could have easily been a contender in the Divas/Dames contests of yon.

    • Anonymous

      I loved this show–watched it for six hours straight (Netflix streamingInstant View). I wonder if PBS will be streaming the episodes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19801927 Dennis Coyle

      Dears, the whole series has been available on the web since it first aired.  The series is excellent.  There are some predictable plot points, but hey, who cares.  Luh Huh Huved it!

    • Anonymous

      Dan Stevens is freakin’ adorable, but I have had a mad crush on Hugh Bonneville for years. Can’t believe you got that close to him! Jealous. ;-)

    • Anonymous

      I would have thrown my panties on stage at Dan Stevens if I were sitting in the front row. He is so gorgeous. You two are very lucky bitches. 

    • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

      I have not seen this series or ever heard of it.  Is it that awesome as TLo gushing over it?

      • Anonymous

        YES!!!

      • Anonymous

        Watch it!  Go!  Watch it now!  It is all over the internet.  Find it. Watch it! NOW!

        • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

          Ha, I did!  All of it, lol — addicting.

    • Anonymous

      Aw jeez.  So long since the first one that I might have to watch it again.  Such exquisite suffering.

    • Anonymous

      Oh for the love of God, I am so jealous.  It sounds like a smashing good time.  I can’t wait for your DA blog – both Seasons 1 and 2.

    • http://twitter.com/laura_valerie Laura Curtis

      YAY! I’ve watched all the eps (inc Season 2) but I can’t wait to read your recaps :) xx

      • charlotte

        I wish I hadn’t watched all of it already..to keep up the TLo excitement ;)

    • Anonymous

      Yeah to TLo blogging Downton. I thought I’d have to wait until Mad Men for us to be watching the same show again!

    • Anonymous

      Oh this is so delicious!!! Already watched season 2 on youtube, but still, can’t wait to watch again.  Just wish Mr. Bates could have been there.
      I’m with you Lorenzo, I just love AnnaJoanneFrogget!!

    • Anonymous

      Oh this is so delicious!!! Already watched season 2 on youtube, but still, can’t wait to watch again.  Just wish Mr. Bates could have been there.
      I’m with you Lorenzo, I just love AnnaJoanneFrogget!!

    • Anonymous

      I forgot to ask… will this event be shown on the telly, or is there a link to see it?

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      So glad you guys were able to do that and give us an update. I’ve got chills of excitement to go along with my actual winter chills. Downton Abbey make January less crappy. There. I’m a frickin’ poet.

    • Lattis

      Hey! It starts on Jan. 8. My Birthday. Now that is a swell present. Last year’s BD was awful. Gabby Giffords was shot and some of my family were heading to the event to meet friends. That was such a horrible day. 

    • Anonymous

      SO jealous!! Rarely do I think that, let alone say it! Nice story. 

    • mrspeel2

      I’m so thrilled you finally blogged about your preview party with our very favorite Upper-Crusts!! When you posted the Majestic Coldness and said you were going thru the doors for the screening, I couldn’t concentrate on the ice princesses because I kept wondering when you’d tell us about it. I’m SO glad you didn’t make us wait for too long but how I wish you had audio here so we could listen to Elizabeth doing her Maggie Smith impersonation!

      Can’t wait for the new season and also looking forward to your S1 posts. Thank You!!!

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: Lorenzo asked a question about the costumes (of course) and how it affected performance. In responding, Elizabeth does her best Maggie Smith impersonation, huffing about her apparently annoying high lace collar.”

      Ah, but you left out her Maggie Smith quote: According to Elizabeth, Maggie said, ‘Now I understand why they invented the guillotine!’

      And yes, Gareth IS charming. After you guys left the party, I saw him standing off to the side, all on his tod, and so I walked up to him and we had a very fun chat for about 10 minutes or so.

      I felt VERY lucky to have snagged an invite to this party. It was so much fun, I’ve already suggested to the powers that be that for next season (Season 3 – which during the Q&A they confirmed that they’re already working on) they do something like this, not as a private press screening, but instead offer it as a Pledge Premium Gift for viewers. They’d make a much needed mint for PBS.

      –GothamTomato

      • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

        “Ah, but you left out her Maggie Smith quote…” Actually we were saving it for our next post.

        • Anonymous

          Well then, sorry guys!

          –GothamTomato

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

      So why does Gareth get the ‘kind of hot’ and not Dan or Hugh? Dan: the dimples on that boy!! Hugh: SWOON.

      Anyway – am very jealous that you boys got to go to this, but the invite was certainly well-deserved, and thank you both for sharing your experience.

      A question: who is the elegant silver-haired lady in the photos?

      Another question: why no close-up shots of said shoes?

      • Anonymous

        The silver-haired lady is the exec producer of the Masterpiece Classic series.

        And yes, Dan & Hugh we ‘kind of hot’ as well. 

        –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        Rebecca Eaton, the producer of Masterpiece at WGBH Boston.

    • Cali Sherwood

      God, I can’t wait until the Christmas special at the end of the month! And I’m sooooo upset Season 3 won’t start until September. *pouts*

    • http://www.facebook.com/smpflueger Sean McArdle Pflueger

      I have been sorely temped to get the pirated version online, but it is also fun waiting.

    • http://twitter.com/SujithaBai Michelle Lee

      Michelle Dockery should have received the best actress nominations instead of McGovern.  McGovern is hardly the lead and she’s far from the best actress on the show, imo.
      Anyway I just love the show. I’ve already seen season 2 and eagerly await the Christmas special next week.

      • Anonymous

        “McGovern is hardly the lead and she’s far from the best actress on the show, imo. ”  - i agree

    • Anonymous

      So thrilled you are blogging this terrific show! I saved all my eps from last year, it will be great to rewatch along with your comments. I have been having a bit of a Dame Maggie film fest: last night “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” (if you haven’t seen it you really should!!) tonight Ep 1 of Downton, now I just need to find “California Suite”!!!

    • http://twitter.com/edwardian_era Evangeline Holland

      Jealous!
      But I can’t wait for your recaps of S2! (awesome btw)
      http://edwardianpromenade.com

    • Anonymous

      Yeay! I stumbled upon all s1 episodes streaming on Netflix last week and watched them all in one sitting (so that’s what 4 am looks like). Looking forward to season 2 with your commentary!

    • Anonymous

      i’m just writing this to make you laugh. i always confuse elizabeth mcgovern w/ maureen mcgovern, i keep waiting for her to bust out w/ theres got to be a morning after & running around, not to mention slipping, while water falls all around her head. that i almost wrote water as walter is only funnier if you picture it. you get to decide who walter is; me, i have no idea.

      i hope you guys had a nice time, sounds like you did.

    • Anonymous

      I saw Maggie Smith do a night of two one-acts where each one-act consisted of a single cast member.  Dame Maggie’s was the second of the two.  The lights came up on her onstage and I began to cry because she is my absolute hero. 

    • A Hepburn

      I moved from NY to Edinburgh this year, and as much as I loved seeing Downton Abbey live here, I would’ve killed to have been there. MICHELLE DOCKERY IS MY FAVORITE FOREVER. So pretty, and I love her top.

    • allisankelly

      I devoured all of Season 1 via Netflix yesterday while baking…can’t wait for your recaps and looking so forward to January 8th.

    • Anonymous

      Oh Hugh Bonneville, how you resemble my Imaginary Husband. It’s uncanny. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

      Oh I’m so happy you’re going to be blogging season 1 and 2 !

    • Anonymous

      I was never a big PBS/BBC series girl until a friend from work insisted (INSISTED!!) I watch this. I was swept off my feet and am looking forward to S2

    • http://twitter.com/hmbscully Wendy

      Love them all! I’m a US bitter kitten who couldn’t wait for January and obtained the S2 eps through other means. IT IS SO GOOD!

    • Anonymous

      just started watching this show last night. OBSESSED. the writing, the clothing, the story lines. So good. 

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been wanting to get on board with this and was hoping to just jump in with season 2. Or do I need to catch up on season 1 first?

    • Anonymous

      Yay! I saw a sneak preview of the first hour. It was so fun to watch it with a group of fans! And Anna’s my favorite, too. 

    • Sherry Copeland

      I’m super excited for the S2. Fell in love with this show this past May. Even more excited to read TLo for their flawless and common sense approach to reviewing episodes/series etc. I’ve said it before…Tom & Lorenzo complete me!