Two Days Until Downton! 
Read David Kamp’s profile of Julian Fellowes, the mastermind behind Downton Abbey.
Photograph by Simon Upton.  
One Grump or Two? Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith and Shirley MacLaine 
Photograph by Charlie Gray. 
It took an unflattering makeover for Downton Abbey fans to officially pronounce Dan Stevens dead to them.
VF.com’s Sarah Ball shared her forecast on Twitter. 
Exclusive! Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville summons his signature furrowed brow for the new series Da Vinci’s Demons, which premieres April 12 at 10 p.m. on STARZ. 
See more instances of Hugh’s adorable dad face here.  

Exclusive! Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville summons his signature furrowed brow for the new series Da Vinci’s Demons, which 
premieres April 12 at 10 p.m. on STARZ. 

See more instances of Hugh’s adorable dad face here.  


We have always loved Downton outdoors—not scenes of the ladies roaming the hedges at some tea party, gossiping about Sir Evelyn Napier’s hot friends, but the outdoor scenes of country sports, like the pheasant shoot last season, the family hike where Sir Richard wears the wrong tweeds, or that fan favorite, the fox-hunting gallivant with Kemal Pamuk. Whereas Downton’s whole upstairs-downstairs shtick depends deeply on its Carnarvon interiors—on the judge-y appraisals of those fringed lamps—the outdoors really remind you the show is on (gorgeous) location. It’s like stumbling upon a vivid, perfectly preserved colorplate in the middle of an ancient, yellowing library book. Especially for American audiences, where the closest thing to Matthew casting his fly rod in a west-highlands stream, the amber evening sun catching the sine curve of his line, is, what—Bassmaster?

Our Downton Abbey Season Three finale recap in full, here!

We have always loved Downton outdoors—not scenes of the ladies roaming the hedges at some tea party, gossiping about Sir Evelyn Napier’s hot friends, but the outdoor scenes of country sports, like the pheasant shoot last season, the family hike where Sir Richard wears the wrong tweeds, or that fan favorite, the fox-hunting gallivant with Kemal Pamuk. Whereas Downton’s whole upstairs-downstairs shtick depends deeply on its Carnarvon interiors—on the judge-y appraisals of those fringed lamps—the outdoors really remind you the show is on (gorgeous) location. It’s like stumbling upon a vivid, perfectly preserved colorplate in the middle of an ancient, yellowing library book. Especially for American audiences, where the closest thing to Matthew casting his fly rod in a west-highlands stream, the amber evening sun catching the sine curve of his line, is, what—Bassmaster?

Our Downton Abbey Season Three finale recap in full, here!


And now—record scratch—Branson in a cricket sweater. Branson jogging in slow motion in a cricket sweater! What we’re encouraged to believe is the softer side of Branson The Dad is essentially just poshification—some extra-abrading sandpaper taken to his more unsightly Marxist edges. Now he’s all like, “Stop ruining the dinner party, Mrs. Patmore made lobster, does that mean anything to you” to his “drunken gorilla” brother, and tucking into soft-boiled eggs and starched papers before a leisurely saunter to the estate farms.

More in our weekly recap!  Read and tell us what you think of Branson’s new, Brooks Brothers-y lease on life.
And now—record scratch—Branson in a cricket sweater. Branson jogging in slow motion in a cricket sweater! What we’re encouraged to believe is the softer side of Branson The Dad is essentially just poshification—some extra-abrading sandpaper taken to his more unsightly Marxist edges. Now he’s all like, “Stop ruining the dinner party, Mrs. Patmore made lobster, does that mean anything to you” to his “drunken gorilla” brother, and tucking into soft-boiled eggs and starched papers before a leisurely saunter to the estate farms.

More in our weekly recap!  Read and tell us what you think of Branson’s new, Brooks Brothers-y lease on life.

Why yes, that is Lord Grantham with bright orange 90s hair.

Last night’s Downton Abbey (read no further if you’re spoiler averse!):

Lady Sybil was shunted into a terrible wig-hat, still managed to have a perfect daughter, and then met her (gasp!) untimely end while the family watched—check out Matthew’s totally casual, just-riding-the-subway posture in the family shot.

More on the heartbreak and high frivolity of episode four, here.

All, courtesy Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for Masterpiece.