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See Gordon Ramsay audition to be the Santa of 'Downton Abbey'

Gordon Ramsay is f**king perfect to play Santa. He's the jolliest f**king Santa that you will ever get to f**king meet. Too bad he's the only one who thinks so. In a new video promoting ITVs annual Text Santacharityevent, Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael), and... http://feeds.ew.com/~r/entertainmentweekly/tv/coverage/~3/04TaZtWnypU/downton-abbey-gordon-ramsay-auditions-santa-charity-sketch

Downton Abbey Christmas Special Wins UK Ratings Battle With Last-Ever Episode

The final episode of Downton Abbey 's six-season run well outperformed the competition last night on what was an overall slow Christmas evening for UK TV viewing. Downton s farewell scored 6.9M viewers for a 28.6 share on ITV in the overnights; a figure that will see a big bump in L+7s. British television is generally packed with specials and favorite series on Christmas Day, but this was the lowest-rated December 25 since 2009. Delayed viewing is of course a factor, as... Read More...

Biting, brittle, bitchy: New bio reveals the magic of Maggie Smith

If you've been knocking around the theater world as long as I have, you're bound to come across a Maggie Smith story. Here's my favorite: During the 1990 run of Lettice and Lovage at the Barrymore, the Harlem Gospel Singers moved into the Longacre, which shared the Barrymore's back wall. Smith was livid because the... http://nypost.com/2015/12/17/biting-brittle-bitchy-new-bio-reveals-the-magic-of-maggie-smith/

Michelle Dockery Delivers Moving Tribute at Fiancée's Funeral

Three days after the death of her fianc ée John Dineen, Michelle Dockery delivered a moving tribute at his funeral in Cork, Ireland, The Irish Times reports. "Whether in his work or his personal life John was extremely loyal," the Downton Abbey star said Wednesday at St. James' Church in Ballinora. Read More...

Michelle Dockery Gave a Eulogy and Sang at Her Fiancée's Funeral

"Whether in his work or his personal life, John was extremely loyal,"  Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery told mourners at St. James's Church. Dockery's fianc ée , John Dineen, died from a rare form of cancer in Ireland on Sunday. He was diagnosed 15 months ago. At Dineen's funeral, which took place the day after Dockery's 34th birthday and a day before what would have been Dineen's 35th, Dockery sang Oscar Hammerstein's "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," according to The Irish Independent , and said of her fiancée:   John's charm was legendary. He could persuade anyone to do what he wanted in the least pushy way possible. Particularly the women ... He had a presence that was electric when he came in to the room. He had a wicked sense of humor. He had a genuine interest in other people. It was clear that when John was in your corner he was there. I was honoured to know John. To love him and be loved by him. He was my friend, my King, my hero, my everything. We celebrate him, we honour him and we will miss him. http://www.vulture.com/2015/12/michelle-dockery-speaks-at-her-fiancs-funeral.html

The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of December 28, 2015

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed—or at least be able to fake it — with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV. Note: Leah is suffering from a severely strained/possibly broken hand, so this is shorter than usual (typing is hard).   Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest / Pitbull's New Year's Revolution Thursday at 8:00pm on ABC and FOX , respectively Why: However you like your New Year's Eve smarm, broadcast television has a program for you! On the one hand you have the man that gave you the Kardashian phenomenon (Ryan Seacrest), and on the other hand you have the guy who calls himself Mr. Worldwide for reasons unclear to everyone but him (Pitbull). Whether you like it or not, it will become 2016 with or without their help. If you're in on New Year's Eve — like I will be — your options for original programming are somewhat limited, but hey, it's either that or watch the Twilight Zone marathon and get creeped the eff out. Your call. Prepare to talk about: Ugh, Ryan Seacrest; ugh, Pitbull; eek Twilight Zone ; time and its inevitable march forward.   Sherlock (Special) Thursday at 9:00pm/BST on BBC One and Thursday at 9:00pm on PBS Why: It's the Sherlock you love, this time with more old-timey costumes! So... like the Sherlock you didn't know you loved, basically. It's still got your internet boyfriends Benedict Cumberbatch and the Hobbit, AND it has tophats. This special is called "The Abominable Bride" which sounds more like a Doctor Who episode, but whatever, amirite? Something will happen but the good guys will probably win. Prepare to talk about: Whether Sherlock is better with period costumes. That's pretty much it.   Downton Abbey (Season Premiere) Sunday at 9:00pm on PBS Why: Ah! The tale of the Crawleys and their cohort is coming to an end. What fresh tragedies shall befall them? (Probable spoiler: All of them. All of the tragedies.) Prepare to talk about: How it must have sucked to get dressed up for dinner every night just to see your own family, ugh; how the misery parade is tough to watch; how you want — nay, DESERVE — a servant.     Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of SideReel.com. You can follow her musings on  Twitter . div.post p { text-align: justify; }

Who was Michelle Dockerys mysterious fiancée?

Michelle Dockerys short-lived fairy tale was one that many didnt know existed. The British actress, best known for playing Lady Mary Crawley on Downton Abbey, lost fiancée John Dineen to a rare form of cancer on Sunday. The P.R. professional was only 34 years old. The family is very grateful for the support and kindness... http://nypost.com/2015/12/15/who-was-michelle-dockerys-mysterious-fiance/

Michelle Dockery's Fiancée Dies at 34

Downton Abbey   star Michelle Dockery is mourning the loss of her fiancée John Dineen, the Irish Independent reports. The Irish commercial public relations executive died on Sunday from a rare form of cancer at the age of 34. http://www.tvguide.com/news/michelle-dockery-fiance-john-dineen-dead/?rss=breakingnews

'Downton Abbey' Star Michelle Dockery's Boyfriend, John Dineen, Dies At 34

"Downton Abbey" star Michelle Dockery's boyfriend, John Dineen, has died after reportedly battling a rare form of cancer . He was 34. According to ITV News,   Dineen died Sunday morning at a hospice in Cork, Ireland, just two days before Dockery's 34 birthday. "The family is very grateful for the support and kindness they have received but would kindly request that they are left to grieve in private," Dockery's spokesperson said in a statement to ITV News. http://feeds.huffingtonpost.com/c/35496/f/677094/s/4c4025c7/sc/13/l/0L0Shuffingtonpost0N0C20A150C120C150Cmichelle0Edockery0Eboyfriend0Ejohn0Edineen0Edies0Edead0In0I8810A860A0Bhtml0Dutm0Ihp0Iref0Ftv0Gir0FTV/story01.htm

The Cast of Downton Abbey Begin Their U.S. Farewell

The cast of the British hit drama participated in a Q&A at New York's Hudson Theater Monday night in anticipation of the sixth and final season, which premieres on PBS January 3.   Read More... http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2015/12/08/the-cast-of-downton-abbey-begin-their-u-s-farewell/?mod=WSJBlog
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