唐顿庄园 2011圣诞特别篇 2011 Downton Abbey X'mas Special
Downton Abbey Christmas Special
Liz Trubridge lives in London with her two sons. She has worked onDownton Abbeysince the first series.
When we launchedDownton, it was the first big costume drama that had been on ITV for around 30 years. Episode one was well received, the second one more so, and I thought, "Ooh!" But the success of it really hit me at the Emmy Awards during series three, seeing a screaming mob of people for Jim Carter (Carson the butler).
One of my favourite moments was when Shirley Maclaine joined the cast. She did the most astonishingly lovely thing of curtsying to Maggie Smith. But there's also that unbeatable feeling when a performance really comes together. In series two, it was the Christmas special, when Matthew Crawley had just hit Sir Richard Carlisle, who had been the nasty beau of Mary Crawley.. He picked himself up off the floor, dusted himself down and said to Violet Crawley (played by Maggie Smith), "We may not meet again." She has this line, "Do you promise?" and the way she delivered it had everybody on the floor. We were convinced it was going to be a jem of a moment - and it was!
For the past sox years, for six months of the year, I've spent almost every waking moment with the cast and crew, and we've become a real family. The death of Sybil was an astonishing scene, which we were all deeply effected by, but its those moments that have created that bond.
There have been problems along the way too, everything from flooded locations to recurring "hatgate." Do they keep their hats on or take them off and, if they do, where do they put them? But I've learned rather than to just react to everything, to take a pause - often, things will sort themselves out.
LeavingDowntonbehind, I feel a mixture of sadness, relief, and immense pride at what's been achieved. But we've all still got some steam left in us and we're very excited about the idea of doing aDowntonfilm. Plus, I've got something else in development with (Downtoncreator) Julian Fellowes, so watch this space!
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