'Downton Abbey': Julian Fellowes on how his boarding school escape led to Grantham

The Countess of Grantham would not have been amused.Maggie Smith's arch character on PBS' runaway hit "Downton Abbey" may be benevolent to her servants, but sitting next to them for an evening? Really? One eyebrow would undoubtedly be arched.Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael, who play Lord Grantham and his daughters Ladies Mary and Edith, were in Manhattan's Hudson Theatre Tuesday (Dec. 10) night.After a screening of the first episode of Season 4, premiering on PBS Sunday Jan. 5, they joined Rob James-Collier, Phyllis Logan, and Lesley Nicol, who play servants Thomas, Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Patmore. Allen Leech who plays Tom Branson, a driver who married into the family, and never feels quite right in either world, evidenced much more in Season 4, sat with them.Showrunner Gareth Neame and creator Julian Fellowes also answered questions from moderator Bill Carter of The New York Times and took audience questions. They tried to not...


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