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Gain unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to Downton Abbey in the the sumptuously illustrated Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey (St. Martin's Press, $29.99), the official companion book to all four seasons of the critically-acclaimed series.. The tome is expertly crafted with generous inside knowledge and facts, the book delves into the inspiration behind the details seen on screen, the choice of locations, the music and much more. Step inside the props cupboard or the hair and make-up truck and catch a glimpse of the secret backstage world.
In the book's foreword, executive producer Gareth Neame shares his story of the 'inauspicious start' to his inaugural discussion of the show with series creator Julian Fellowes, and Fellowes’ initial hesitation to revisit the ground he had covered so successfully before in the Academy Award winning Gosford Park.
Delving into the secrets, previously private experiences and tricks of the trade involved in bringing the show to the screen, the book takes readers:
· Behind the scripts—Mapping out, character by character, a community and the interactions between its members that would tell their story.
· Behind the sets—Stories of filming at Highclere Castle, Ealing Studios and on location
· Inside the Prop Store—Details that make the scenes, including how much extra food must be prepared for filming each dining scene
· Inside Wardrobe—Creating the historically accurate costumes, and profiles of each character’s style of dress
· With Insider knowledge—Stories of how the actors’ own lives influenced their characters, how they amused themselves on the set during down time
· And includes the complete cast and crew list for Season 4
In-depth interviews and exclusive photos give insight into the actors’ experiences on set as well as the celebrated creative team behind the award-winning drama. Straight from the director’s chair, this is the inside track on all aspects of the making of the beloved series.

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