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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (20 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007487398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007487394
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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‘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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By nsb2013 on 4 Feb. 2013
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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J Hobbs on 16 Jan. 2013
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DorothyDunnett on 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 By Sophia on 9 Feb. 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on 17 April 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alexandra on 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mwikali on 12 April 2013
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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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