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Downton Abbey Script Book Season 1 Paperback – February 5, 2013
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The full scripts of award-winning Downton Abbey, season one including previously unseen material
Downton Abbey has become an international phenomenon and the most successful British drama of our time. Created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes, the first season delighted viewers and critics alike with stellar performances, ravishing costumes, and a gripping plot. Set in a grand country house during the late Edwardian era, season one of Downton Abbey follows the lives of the Crawley family upstairs and their servants downstairs as they approach the announcement of the First World War. Fellowes succeeds in not only entertaining his audience with a combination of sustained storylines and sharp one-liners but also in delivering a social commentary of British life. The scripts from season one give readers the opportunity to read the work in more detail and to study the characters, pace, and themes in depth. With extended commentary from Fellowes, highlighting key historical or dramatic details, this book gives invaluable insight, particularly for would-be screenwriters, into how Fellowes researched and crafted the world of Downton Abbey.
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About the Author
Julian Fellowes has had an illustrious career in film, theater, television, and literature. Among his many screenplays are the Oscar-winning Gosford Park, The Young Victoria, and Vanity Fair. He has directed and performed in numerous films and television series, and his novels include the Sunday Times bestseller Snobs. His most recent projects have been the multiaward-winning screenplays for ITV’s Downton Abbey, which has enjoyed five immensely popular seasons with viewing figures of over ten million. The highly anticipated sixth season is scheduled for winter 2016. He lives in Dorset, England, with his family.
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I love the way this script is formatted, it runs alongside the series and if scenes were moved around, they are moved around in the script as well so you aren't confused. There are extra scenes included and are easily spotted by a small sidebar alongside it. In addition, there are comments about certain scenes through the book as well as a backstories behind the history of the times and why they did what, even confession a few mistakes they made. There are a few plots that become a bit clearer, including the one that befuddled me the most - what exactly DID Pamuk and Mary do? That answer was worth the book cost alone! Maybe I'm just stupid but I was always wondering how far they went and that is all answered here. Well, I think. LOL
Definitely pick this book up if you are a fan of Downton Abbey. Now if only Season 2's script wasn't SO far off in the distance!
But the real value of this collection are Julian Fellowes' own very fulsome, prolific and engaging comments on nearly every scene, He gives us the creative thinking behind many of the character trait and plot twists, details on production resources and limitations, the struggles and uncertainties of the first season, before anyone knew what a phenomenal hit the show would be. Fellowes shares wonderful anecdotes from his own growing-up and tales heard from his own family members--incidents that found their way into the show. He offers a great deal of historical background, both on national and international events that are mentioned on the show and on the minutia of the way of life he set out to portray, and the attitudes and assumptions--the "why" of the aristocratic life as well as the "what."
Downton Abbey fans will watch the Season I DVD with sharper eyes and enhanced awareness. Students of TV production, direction and writing will love this book too, for it's insights into the profession. I devoutly hope Fellowes intends to publish all six seasons of scripts and his comments.