Happy birthday, Joanne Froggatt! (August 23, 1980)

"I like to do things that scare me, career-wise. If I’ve not had to put myself through anguish to get a good result I don’t feel I’ve done my job properly."

'Downton Abbey' Season 5, Episode 1: The First Review - The Earth Is Shaking At Downton


"This was as strong a season opener as we’ve seen since that very first season four years ago. And this time, writer Julian Fellowes didn’t have the sinking of the Titanic to help him on his narrative way…

Even in this first, feature-length episode, November was proved right. The script was tight and incredibly well-plotted – you could imagine the producers and cast literally turning the pages quicker and quicker to see what happens next. (Indeed I understand that, at the read-through when the cast saw the script for the first time, that’s exactly what happened.)

Fellowes has perhaps taken some inspiration from ITV’s other big recent drama hit,Broadchurch, in his plotting. Before every commercial break, there was a cliffhanger. One of them made me cry: another made me gasp.”

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In my whole life, I never thought I could be as happy as I am at this moment.


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