CBS NEWS VIDEO: The Real Downton Abbey
(PLUS: Info about Highclere Castle, and a book about one of the former Countesses)
The popular PBS series "Downton Abbey" has taken the U.S. by storm and Tom and I have been watching it. Because we missed Season 1 and 2, I (Rob) surprised Tom with them on DVD, so we're watching them and getting the entire story, while watching the current season (3). (BTW- Season 4 is apparently airing now in the U.K. so if you check the website their may be some spoilers).
DID YOU KNOW? The 5th Earl that lived there bankrolled the Egyptian excavation that unearthed the tomb of King Tut. Many of the archeological Egyptian artifacts he found still exist in the mansion today.
Here's a real story behind the castle where the TV show is filmed. Martha Teichner visits Highclere Castle. For the link to the Television production's website: http://www.itv.com/downtonabbey/
|Dowton Abbey TV Show Cast|
BOOK ABOUT REAL FORMER OWNER: There's a book about the REAL Lady Almina who lived in the castle.
The Countess of Carnarvon has written a biography of one of her predecessors: Almina, Countess of Carnarvon, wife of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon. This book lacks depth but is fairly well written and well researched. On Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Lady-Almina-Real-Downton-Abbey/dp/0770435629
HIGHCLERE CASTLE: Highclere Castle is the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and also features as Downton Abbey, the hugely successful drama series with over 11 million viewers in the UK and now shown in over 100 countries around the world.
|Highclear castle's Monk's Garden|
Highclere Castle has been the seat of the Earls of Carnarvon since the late 17th century and today is still a much loved family home. It is one of England’s most spectacular Victorian castles, set amidst 1000 acres of sweeping parkland. Built by Sir Charles Barry at the pinnacle of Victorian England, it is steeped in the history of the famous and well connected.
1,200 tourists visit the castle a day, even though it's the real home of an Earl and Countess.
For a link to visit the Highclere Castle: http://www.highclerecastle.co.uk/