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  • 'Downton Abbey': Behind the Scenes

    "Nightline" was given a rare glimpse behind the scenes of "Downton Abbey," the Emmy award-winning PBS series about the struggles and antics of a noble British household during World War I. A glimpse so rare, that we had to promise to keep our lips (and cameras) sealed about it for months -- until now.
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  • Downton Abbey Behind the Scenes

    "Nightline" spent time with the cast on set at Highclere Castle -- a real castle in Hampshire, England, where the show is filmed -- during the taping of Season 3, which premieres in January. Shown here, from left to right, ABC correspondent Nick Watt, "Nightline" producer Victoria Thompson and "Nightline" coordinating producer Melinda Arons standing outside of Highclere.
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  • Downton Abbey Behind the Scenes

    "Downton Abbey" was the brainchild of a real-life lord and one-time actor Julian Fellowes of West Stafford. "I don't have this indifference to audience that you do sometimes find among the British. That, you know, if you say something is popular it's a sort of insult," he told "Nightline."
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  • Downton Abbey Behind the Scenes

    "Downton Abbey," which has won six Emmys and been nominated 27 times, pulls in 6 million viewers per episode in the United States alone. "Downton" is now so embedded in American popular culture, it's spawning parodies. Yahoo! Screen launched "Downton Arby's" and "Saturday Night Live" produced a "hard-core" sizzle reel with clips from the show.
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  • Downton Abbey Behind the Scenes

    Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Grantham, the head of the household, talks with ABC's Nick Watt. The intertwining lives of the household nobles and wait staff have become a global sensation. "It's crack with a white tie and tails maybe," Bonneville said.
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  • Downton Abbey Behind the Scenes

    For those not familiar with "Downton Abbey," it is a soap opera so soaked in rich history that even pseudo-intellects confess their love of it. It's a blend of spying kitchen staff, corsets and men dying in wrong beds -- and caustic Englishness. Allen Leech, shown here, plays Branson, Lord Grandtham's chauffeur, who creates quite the scandal when he falls in love with his daughter, Lady Sybil.
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  • Downton Abbey Behind the Scenes

    One of the plot lines from Season 1 followed the complicated relationship between the mysterious Mr. Bates and Anna Smith, the head housemaid, played by Joanne Froggatt, shown here on set. Many of the female characters in the show are what creator Julian Fellowes called "rather good-looking, rather hard, in a way." "It's the sort of woman I'm rather drawn to," he said.
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  • Downton Abbey Behind the Scenes

    ABC's Nick Watt interviewing Elizabeth McGovern, who plays Cora, an American heiress who marries into English aristocracy and propped them up with their cash. She was the first character show creator Julian Fellowes developed. "There were far more of them than one might think. Something like 350 married into the English upper classes," Fellowes said.
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PHOTO: Jodie Foster and Alexandra Hedison attend the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Inaugural Gala presented by Salvatore Ferragamo at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Oct. 17, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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