On the Set of “Downton Abbey”

Posted on April 24, 2014

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t scroll down if you don’t want to see which cast member dies a violent death in the library and which cast member winds up giving birth in the middle of the annual flower show. We’re warning you now. Don’t do it. You’ll never look at Daisy the same way again, we’re telling you. And we can’t believe THAT’S who Lady Mary chose to marry. Was that even legal in the 1920s?




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Made you look.


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  • Julia

    I NEED Mary’s boots. She can keep everything else.
    Except Tony Gillingham, I’m taking him too.

    • Amber J

      I have a pair of boots almost exactly like those, made by Born. I bought them a few years ago and they are one of my favorite pairs of boots ever.

    • EspyRants

      I’d be careful with Gillingham. You’d have to fight Tatiana Maslany for him. There’s like nine versions of her and they’re all scrappy.

      • malarson2

        Are they a couple, seriously? Cuz I just got a happy little shivery feeling for that idea. It might be too much.

        • malarson2

          Nevermind. My mind read that as Tom’s character. The idea of THAT couple put me in that state. I like Gillingham, too, though. The actor reminds me of a British Chris Messina.

          • Julia

            Oh my god I can see it! And I’m not sure if I could choose which of those two men I love more!

          • malarson2

            Choose not to choose! 🙂

    • formerlyAnon

      They are nice. I will let you have them if I can have the Dowager Countess’ shoes.

  • Boot porn! And coat porn. And labrador porn (which I suspect is something else).

    • PlethoraofBooks

      And hats. I want the hats/hair accessories, even though I know they would probably look ridiculous on me.

      • I know. That is not a shape of hat I can wear, I need a brim.

    • demidaemon

      Labrador pron sounds like scary Googling to me.

  • FibonacciSequins

    It’s funny to see Tom with an iPhone. And is Thomas wearing sneakers? I’m loving Lady Mary’s hat and Lord Grantham’s coat.

    • MRC210

      If you don’t look closely, the phone could be a little notebook. “Note to self … must drain lower 40 and plant more rutabagas.”

      • FibonacciSequins

        Ha, it could. “Note to self…no more visits to the second floor of the Abbey with Miss Bunting.”

    • I hadn’t noticed the sneakers! How funny.

    • jw_ny

      Tom is a time traveler…Downton Abbey jumps the shark this season…

  • Jackie4g

    Well you certainly laid that on with a trowel. I’m getting wise to some of your jokes, but I sure as hell enjoyed the scroll down.

  • A Certain Someone

    I am such a sucker! I didn’t want to know but I also HAD to know, so you know I couldn’t stop myself. Thank you for saving me from my lack of restraint.

    • FibonacciSequins

      I was mad for a second that T&L were presenting me with an impossible choice. How could I NOT scroll down? Then I realized they were just teasing.

    • Little_Olive

      Hahaha yes! Although how much of a spoiler is that really? We always end up kinda knowing what’s gonna happen (me especially, because I don’t live in the uS, so I get everything a couple of weeks late) but we still want to watch and see how things come to that, no?

  • Constant Reader

    Sigh. I love the costumes on this show. And I really need to know what Lady Mary is talking about in picture #5.

    ETA: At least we know that not a lot of time elapses between the series because they are still in second mourning.

    • Rhonda Shore

      I suspect she’s talking about the farm or somefink.

      • Gatto Nero

        The pigs. The pigs are dying of thirst.

  • WendyD

    I’ll take Allen Leech and he can bring his whole wardrobe with him.

    • scoobynacks

      You want him to bring clothes? Well, okay…

  • MzzPants

    The hats, Dear God, the HATS.

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      Right? Beautiful! And while I don’t really like the shape of Isobel’s hat, that same-color trim is gorgeous!

  • marlie

    Michelle Dockery is SO pretty. And it’s always wonderful to see The Ongoing Adventures of Violet and Isobel. I. CAN. NOT. WAIT. for the next season!

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I want Lady Mary’s entire look.

  • Emily Dagger

    I like the Dowager’s jaunty little cap — slightly menswear inspired, a bit of a departure for her!

  • imspinningaround

    ISIS!!! Luv huh.

    • JulieTy

      Isis the Wonder Dog — There is NO WAY, of course, that she would still be alive after all these years . . .

      • Gatto Nero

        She might be — our Lab lived to be 15 — but she’d be a bit rickety looking by now.

      • Kit Jackson 1967

        I did the math, and Isis would be about 8 or 9, so it’s possible. People forget there was a different dog in season 1. Between 1914 and 1916 Robert got a new dog.

  • The hats…..the gloves……that gorgeous shade of aubergine! But, where’s Lady Edith?

    • Gatto Nero

      By now she’s shacking up with the gameskeeper and her baby girl.

  • madscntst

    I would wear every single stitch of clothing these people have on…even the Dowager Countess’.

    • Constant Reader

      Me too! I’m also a sucker for a Mary Jane shoe.

  • BendinIntheWind


    • GeoDiva

      Isis is so cute!

  • Gatto Nero

    Aren’t they gorgeous. Violet is resplendent.
    And Isis lives on!

  • KendraMR

    I was so close to closing the window when I saw the spoiler alert, but I’m glad did LOL.

  • dash1211

    You boys are such imps!

  • Frank_821

    Shouldn’t that dog be dead by now?

    • Kit Jackson 1967

      No. She would be old, but it’s possible for Isis to still be alive at this point. There was a different dog in season 1. There was a two year gap between the first and second season. Season 2 started in November of 1916 and season 3 ended in 1923. Isis would be about 8 or 9, which is totally within the lifespan of the breed.

  • Shawn EH

    Isobel gets the greatest coats! Classiness by the details rather than by the fine fabrics, totally her style. Love Thomas’s sneakers.

  • malarson2

    TLo – For the record it was the ‘is that even legal in the 20s’ comment that made me look. Love, Melissa

  • colorjunky

    that was mean!

  • estella_nyc

    Bwahahaha you guys are so wrong!

  • I would like Mary’s boots and Isis boxed up and waiting for me when I get home. Thank you.

  • Judy_J

    Branson with his iPhone. Nice touch. Where’s Mr. Bates?

    • Gatto Nero

      In jail for bumming out everyone.

      • Constant Reader

        Now THAT made me LOL.

      • decormaven


  • Cheryl

    Give me all the hats right now! Yes, even the mens….hurry it up, can’t you see I have a gun?

  • Pennymac

    Tom in those boots…. Be still my heart. And settle down, good china!

  • StillGary

    So, has anyone seen The Paradise on Netflix it’s been a pretty methadone for my Downton withdrawal.

    • FibonacciSequins

      I watched Season 1 (and loved it), and then found some of Season 2 on YouTube (when it was being shown in the UK and someone was uploading it weekly). Then I forgot about it. Is all of Season 2 on Netflix? I wasn’t thrilled with the direction it was taking, but I’d like to finish out the season.

    • rainwood1

      I watched it on PBS. Haven’t seen Season 2 yet but thought the actress playing Denise was just lovely. I haven’t read the Zola novel on which it is based so don’t know how closely or how much of the novel’s plot is in the series.

  • mommyca

    Is it wrong that I want Mary’s boots and Isobel’s coat??? 🙂

  • Evan

    Dear fellow Bitter Kittens,

    I can’t comment on this site anymore, so I just wanted to say thank you for the fun and humor you’ve provided me over the past year. I know I don’t know any of you personally, but you’ve brightened my days with your wit and camaraderie. It’s been real.


    • Qitkat

      Once a Bitter Kitten, always a Bitter Kitten. 🙂
      Many of us feel as you do, having our days brightened with wit and camaraderie.
      Take care, Evan. We’ll be here if you can return.
      All the best, Qitkat

    • formerlyAnon

      You’ve made me laugh. Come back if you can.
      Fare well.

    • Call me Bee

      It always saddens me to lose a kitten. Hope you can come back again someday.

  • nannypoo

    Can. Not. Wait.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Hey, Isobel is carrying Taylor Swift’s purse!

    • Gatto Nero

      (I had the same thought.)

      • MilaXX

        so did I (sort of)

  • Qitkat

    Please let the designs of the Twenties come back. Coat Porn! Also I just finished watching The House of Eliott, and although it (non) concluded most unsatisfactorily, the fashions were to die for. I love DA for the fashions as much as anything else.

    • SierraDelta

      I watched that years ago on A & E (I think). I can’t remember any of the characters or plot, but I could probably still describe some of my favorite coats, dresses, hats, and shoes!

    • rainwood1

      You’re right about how it finished. I don’t remember the specifics but I remember being dissatisfied with how it stopped. I’m assuming it just didn’t get renewed and they never had a chance to do a proper wrap-up. I mostly remember there was a glamorous younger sister, the older sister who got things done, a romance with a pilot in one of those open-air bi-planes, and how they kept having to run their finances past some older guy (the deceased father’s banker I think?) and of course the costumes which were so, so fabulous.

    • Oh I ADORED that show…

      • Qitkat

        I peeked at your websites. Your photography is quite beautiful. I’m going to be in the Seattle area in June, I’d love to hear from you on TLounge tomorrow, and inquire about cool places to visit, if you’re able to.

        • Thank you! I don’t often pop into TLounge but please feel free to email me via my blog or portfolio site…

          • Qitkat

            Thanks! I will.

  • NMMagpie

    Once I saw the sneakers, I was looking for Dr. Who.

  • majorbedhead

    There. That’s MY pretty of the day.

  • judybrowni


  • crash1212

    Exceptional outerwear and hats! Can’t wait for the new season.

  • Synnamin

    I’ve developed IHS for this show, but I do adore the costuming.

    • Gatto Nero

      I’m guessing here: Irrational Hate Syndrome?

      • Synnamin

        yeah. Bad writing and storytelling makes me cranky

        • Gatto Nero

          That’s perfectly rational.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I want Dame Maggie Smith’s hat-stat.

    • Imasewsure

      I’m thinking if Pharell can rock the Mountie thing and all of these lady stars can wear those hiddy hats, you should be able to rock the Maggie… start a trend and we will support you on it, BK style!

  • Call me Bee

    So much purple. Isn’t poor Lady Mary out of mourning yet?

  • MilaXX

    Okay when the bags Mrs. Patmore and the Dowager Countess carry look like what Taylor Swift is carrying these days, you know her bags are geriatric looking.

  • traceyishere

    Isis never gets older….strange.

    • Lisa_Co

      I know that after season 1 they got a new, younger dog. Don’t know if they’ve switched again, though.

      • lmhess

        Yes, they did. There’s a story on the PBS/Downton Abbey website.

  • rainwood1

    I’m just glad the Dowager is around for Series 5. And, of course, Isis 2 or 3 or whichever, I’ve lost track of the dog years.

  • Imasewsure

    I need Lady Mary’s outfit right now… I don’t watch the show but I’m afraid to start (I will go all 1920’s in my wardrobe and I don’t think I have the bone structure!)

  • What does Thomas have on his feet???


    • SophieCollier

      A type of rain gaiter. They buttoned over a man’s trouser bottoms and covered the tops of his shoes so that rain would pour off and not get his feet wet. I suppose they were more stylish than big old Wellingtons.

  • LeelaST

    I ask again, what is with the shades of lavender, purple, lilac, etc. on this show? Is it mourning (forever)? Is it the era? Is it high society?

  • Mare Smith

    The cell phone is really funny, and are Thomas’s “sneakers” really rubbers over his shoes. They called them rubbers back then! Short name for Galashes.. Mary is so beautiful!! I don’t care who she marries!

  • Alloy Jane

    You guys are dicks. I actually closed the tab when I saw “SPOILER ALERT.” But then I saw the opening blurb on facebook and realized it was safe. Also YAY Downton Abbey!

  • ankali

    a) Isis!

    b) Man, Thomas’s shoes are a right mess.

    c) MAGGIE + PENELOPE 4 EVA!!!!11!!!!!1!

  • imakeart

    Coat, hat, and boot porn! Really love Violet’s coat.

  • R.A.


  • Andsheewas

    I’m going to hum “Little Green Bag” over that picture of Penelope Wilton and Dame Maggie.

  • Kelly

    Thank you for this. The perfect fix for the long dry spell between seasons. And thanks for not just focusing on the Bright Young Things, either. Give me Dames Maggie and Penelope and dear Mrs. P over Mary the Vapid any day. Plus Isis the Immortal Dog!

  • lobsterlen

    Anyone else having unholy thoughts about Tom and those boots and half chaps?

  • Little_Olive

    I’m growing to like Tom Branson more and more. Good job, styling+writing people.

    Hems have gone up quite a bit since we started, no?

  • melanie0866

    Tom Branson, *sigh*. Don’t you just want to pinch his cheeks?

  • mrsrabbit

    Lady Mary’s shoes look like a pair I have!

  • OffToSeeHim

    People REALLY should dress like this all the time.

  • I was gonna look, no matter what!

  • AnotherJulie

    How adorable are Branson, Isis, and Mrs. Patmore – not necessarily in that order?

  • ScarlettHarlot

    Is Thomas’ cast for his character or is the actor injured?

  • Aimee_Hackerling