More Catnip for DOWNTON ABBEY Fans

At a press conference for TV critics in Beverly Hills, the cast and creators of the multiple Emmy-nominated Downton Abbey series offered many tidbits, but little real information on season three, which returns on January 6.

Several clips and a brief trailer were shown. Unfortunately, they have not been released on the Web, so we have to make do with written reports, such as the L.A. Times story.

Fans are expecting sparks between new cast member Shirley MacLaine and the Dowager Countess played by Maggie Smith. It seems those hopes were not dashed.

Several new Downton Abbey related titles are coming this fall. The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, the “official inside story of the history, characters, and behind-the-scenes drama of Season 3, when Downton Abbey enters the 1920s” is sure to feed the frenzy when it arrives in November, two months before the series airs in the U.S. (it begins in the U.K. in September). It is co-written by Jessica Fellowes, author of The World of Downton Abbey and niece of the series creator, Julian Fellowes. Expect it to be a popular holiday gift.

The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era
Jessica Fellowes, Matthew Sturgis
Retail Price: $29.99
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press – (2012-11-13)
ISBN / EAN: 1250027624 / 9781250027627

The script book for season one arrives in October, followed by season two in February.

Downton Abbey Script Book Season 1
Julian Fellowes
Retail Price: $19.99
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins/Morrow – (2012-10-16)
ISBN / EAN: 0062238310 / 9780062238313


Downton Abbey Script Book Season 2
Julian Fellowes
Retail Price: $19.99
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins/Morrow – (2013-02-26)
ISBN / EAN: 0062241354 / 9780062241351

Adding to the growing number of books about real life of the time, is a title that makes sly reference to an earlier popular series, Upstairs & Downstairs, According to the publisher, it “takes readers on a guided tour of a single day in an upper-crust English home of the Edwardian era.”

Upstairs & Downstairs: The Illustrated Guide to the Real World of Downton Abbey
Sarah Warwick
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Carlton Books – (2012-09-04)
ISBN / EAN: 1847327907 / 9781847327901

For those who want to play along at home, cookbooks are on their way, The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook, (Adams Media, 9/18/12) and Edwardian Cooking: Inspired by Downton Abbey’s Elegant Meals (Skyhorse Publishing, 11/1/12).

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