12 Secrets Revealed About Downton Abbey

  
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PBS drama Downton Abbey (2010-2015) is currently working on its sixth and final season, which means that Downton fans will soon have to mourn the loss of their favorite fictional early twentieth century British family.  From the sinking of the Titanic to the Great War followed by the swinging ‘20s, the Crawleys struggle to keep pace with the modern world while concealing their own family drama – neither of which is that easy! The show reached success almost instantly, drawing in a loyal legion of fans. For those of you who are completely obsessed with Downton Abbey, we’re revealing 12 secrets about the show!

12. Smelly Costumes

The show’s costume designers are very concerned with authenticity and managed to get a hold of costumes that were made in the 1910s and 1920s. Several of them were found in Scotland thrift stores. These pieces cannot be washed because they are very delicate and the actors have complained that, while the costumes are pretty, they are also pretty smelly.

 Nick Briggs/©PBS/courtesy Everett Collection

Nick Briggs/©PBS/courtesy Everett Collection

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11. Success!!!

In 2013, Downton Abbey was watched in 200 regions and countries and had approximately 120 million viewers. Downton is the PBS drama series with the highest ratings ever. The show has received the most Emmy nominations for a British TV series. It also costs a million pounds to produce one episode.

©PBS/courtesy EC

©PBS/courtesy EC

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