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Downton Abbey: Series 1 Scripts (Official) [Kindle Edition]

Julian Fellowes
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Immerse yourself in Julian Fellowes’ multi-award-winning drama. The full scripts of Series One include previously unseen dialogue and drama.

Downton Abbey has become a national phenomenon and the most successful British drama of our time. Created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes, the first series delighted viewers and reviewers alike with stellar performances, ravishing costumes and a gripping plot.

Set in a grand country house during the late Edwardian era, the first series 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. Julian 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 Series 1 scripts give readers the opportunity to read the work in more detail and study the characters, pace and themes in depth. With an introduction and commentary from Julian Fellowes, this is an invaluable insight into how he researched and crafted the world of Downton Abbey.

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‘Downton Abbey is what television should be.’ Simon Heffer, Telegraph

‘The sets and costumes are ravishing, the attention to detail painstaking and the performances are brilliant. But above all, it's a cracking story.’ The Times

‘A sumptuous, accomplished piece of television’ Guardian

‘Sundays won't be the same without Downton: In an age of patronising, tacky television, Downton Abbey was a true British gem.’ Max Hastings, Daily Mail

About the Author

Julian Fellowes has had an illustrious career in film, theatre, 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 bestselling novel, Snobs. His most recent projects have been the multi-award winning screenplays for ITV’s Downton Abbey, which has enjoyed two immensely popular series with viewing figures of over 10 million. The highly-anticipated third series is scheduled for autumn 2012. Julian lives in Dorset with his family.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2950 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (20 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JE7UK8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Julian Fellowes, actor, writer, director, producer, was educated at Ampleforth, Magdalene College, Cambridge and Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. He trained in repertory theatre at Northampton and Harrogate.

As an actor he is probably best known for his portrayal of the incorrigible Lord Kilwillie in the BBC's 'Monarch of the Glen', as well as film roles in 'Shadowlands' with Anthony Hopkins, 'Damage' with Jeremy Irons and 'Tomorrow Never Dies' with Pierce Brosnan.

As a writer for TV, he is responsible for the scripts of 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' (winner of an International EMMY, 1995) and 'The Prince and the Pauper' (nominated for a BAFTA, 1997), which he also produced. His first screenplay for the cinema was 'Gosford Park', directed by Robert Altman, which won a plethora of prizes, not least the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

He wrote the screenplay for the recent version of 'Vanity Fair', starring Reese Witherspoon, and 'The Young Victoria', currently in post-production. His debut as a Director, 'Separate Lies', starring Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson and Rupert Everett, was released to acclaim in 2006. He presented the BBC series, 'Most Mysterious Murders'.

As well as his novels 'Snobs' and 'Past Imperfect' (UK and US bestsellers), he has written a children's book published in 2006, and the book for the musical of 'Mary Poppins' for Cameron Mackintosh and Disney. Julian is married to Emma, nee Kitchener, and they have one son, Peregrine.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book 4 Feb. 2013
By nsb2013
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As an eternal student of writing and its many forms, script writing has always eluded me as rather technical and, at times, foreboding. I have always wanted to understand the craft before attempting to write my own screenplay, so I thought what better way to learn than to learn from the greats. Julian Fellowes created the masterpiece that is Downton Abbey - an intricately woven world of many layers and of characters known and loved the world over. This book offers brilliant insight into the world he created while showing us the technicalities of the writing form. A brilliant learning tool, but wholly entertaining also. I will be getting the script books for the entire run (which of course I hope goes on and on forever). I cannot recommend this book enough. Its simply amazing how something so black and white can open our eyes to a world of colour, torment, intrigue, laughter, sadness and joy all in one fell swoop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful addition to my Downton collection! 16 Jan. 2013
By J Hobbs
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Downton Abbey has become a must see in my house. I love everything from the gorgeous castle to the Dowager's one-liners. Maggie Smith plays the part brilliantly. Having collected the DVDs I was delighted to see they were releasing the complete scripts - especially since I'm also into screenwriting and am hoping to write my own TV drama one day. This book not only contains the material which was aired but also deleted scenes. Julian Fellowes gives commentary which in some parts is very interesting and gives more insight into the Edwardian Era. In the middle are some nice pictures to. I've already pre-ordered Series 2. A must buy for any Downton Abbey fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars dive into it 16 Jan. 2013
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It is perfect for the Downton Abbey lover as it contains even more details and interesting footnotes from Julian Fellows than you notice in the film.The best is , of course, that you can read the dowagers dry remarks in full !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 9 Feb. 2013
By Sophia
This script is possibly the best gift ever! I got to read Mary's and Matthew's first words to each other! And those were spicy but totally great!
And all those repressed feelings, and Mary's almost screw up with the turkish guy?! And Matthew's growing state of annoyance of him being the heir?! And Matthew's growing feelings for Mary?! Please buy it if you don't have the DVD or haven't seen it! It is a really great read!

Okay a really good buy and a great treat if you don't remember series 1 of DA (Downtown Abbey)
I personally can't wait to get my hands on script 2 for series 2 of DA!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into Downton 17 April 2013
By Lauren
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I love this book, it's fascinating to read how the scripts first started out. How much was scripted and how much was the chemistry between the actors. There's lots of scenes that were cut and lines missing which add things to a scene that never made it into the show. It also explains things like what Matthew and Mary thought when they first met, why Julian Fellowes had them start off on the wrong foot and over the course of the series fall in love. It's interesting to see it written down and explained with reasoning behind it. I've already ordered the series two book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another way to rediscover Downton! 16 Jan. 2013
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I am surprised there are no reviews! Anyway, this book is amazing! Not only can we discover the whole scripts but also new, unpublished material on the series and on the Edwardian era, which can be very interesting for foreign readers (like me)! I can't wait to read the second volume before watching the fourth season in September!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read, clear and relaxing. 17 Mar. 2015
Being something of a late convert to Downton Abbey this script served as a useful way of picking up on the earlier episodes which date back to 1913, the height of the British Empire when the aristocracy lived the sort of life and set the kind of example which the rest of us (well, our forefathers) could only seek to emulate. At times I thought the script seemed rather thin, barely saying anything of substance beyond the to-ing and fro-ing of everyday life of Lord Grantham, his family and staff. But then that is what the TV series is all about - and phenomenally popular to boot. The author supplements the scripts with a number of quite lengthy explanations, sometimes about the practicalities of putting the scenes together, but often, very interestingly, about the social history aspects on which he is very well informed. Generally an easy read, clear and relaxing. Good for all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying 12 April 2013
By Mwikali
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Absolutely fascinating to any Downton lover. I enjoyed reading Julian Fellowes' comments on why he had included certain scenes, and how he was trying to explain in the script historical details that might not be familiar to a modern audience.
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great service my wife loves this dvd and fully recommend it
Published 3 months ago by Paul
This book is interesting but wouldn't it have been better to release a novelisation rather than scripts? Read more
Published 5 months ago by MR MICHAEL BAXTER
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a great read for all Downton fans!
Published 6 months ago by Diane Christie
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This was a birthday present for our grandaughter who has just finishes a Master of Arts degree and I suspect when she gets the present she will love it
Published 12 months ago by S. Lord
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely gift
This went down great as a gift for my sister in law who is a keen writer. She loved ii.
Published 16 months ago by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars The Script/Book arrived on time
Fascinating to read the words in conjuction with the original DVD. I really enjoyed these scripts by Julian Fellowes - he is a 'jewel' of a 'fellow'!
Published 17 months ago by Pam Page
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Downton Lovers
A delicious read. All the goodness you know from the TV version plus incredible notes from Julian himself on behind the scenes, historical facts and curiosities he thought we'd... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Faye
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This was bought as a birthday present but I had a sneaky look before wrapping it up. Great book - really interesting to be able to read the script for a fantastic TV series.
Published on 22 Mar. 2013 by L Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasuary of Dowager Countess' sentences
Did you forget a sentence by Dowager Countess of Grantham you want to quote? You will find it here! :-)
Published on 19 Mar. 2013 by Piotr Kalinowski
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