Oct 29 2013 4:00pm

First Look: Emma Rowley’s Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey (October 29, 2013)

Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey by Emma RowleyEmma Rowley
Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey
St. Martin's Press / October 29, 2013 / $29.99 print, $12.99 digital

Gain unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to Downton Abbey in this official Season 4 tie-in book, complete with never-before-seen photos giving fans insight into the making of the runaway hit.

Expertly crafted with generous inside knowledge and facts, this book will delve into the inspiration behind the details seen on screen, the choice of locations, the music and much more. Step inside the props cupboard or the hair and make-up truck and catch a glimpse of the secret backstage world. In-depth interviews and exclusive photos give insight into the actors’ experiences on set as well as the celebrated creative team behind the award-winning drama. Straight from the director’s chair, this is the inside track on all aspects of the making of the show.

What more can be said about Downton Abbey that has not been uttered by a variety of critics, fans, actors, and Hollywood bigwigs? Since its debut in autumn 2010, the ITV/PBS period drama has wracked up scores of prizes, broken umpteen records, and has been watched in more than 100 countries across the globe. The first two companion books, written by Jessica Fellowes, the niece of writer and creator Julian Fellowes, gave us a look at the world of the Crawley family and their servants—this time, Emma Rowley takes us behind-the-scenes of the making of Downton Abbey in a lavish book filled with photographs and tidbits.

The moment I opened up the book I was in Downton Abbey heaven. Divided into seven chapters, Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey gives readers an intimate view of the scripts, the sets—Highclere, Ealing Studios, and on location—the props, the delicious fashions, the hair and make-up, the etiquette and customs of the manor born, and the impact of the period drama on 21st century viewers. Rowley is an elegant and unobtrusive writer who allows the voices of the cast and crew shine bright, and the forward by Gareth Neame is both an ode to this beloved period drama and to its ardent fans.

Even if you've never seen one episode of Downton Abbey (blasphemy! *g*), you are sure to be charmed by Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey for its sheer breadth of topics. A must-have for fans and those interested in the makings of a popular TV show.

Learn more or order a copy of Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey, written by Emma Rowley with a forward by Gareth Neame, out now:

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Evangeline Holland is a writer of historical romances, an amateur milliner, and a really great cook. When not writing or reading, you can find her blogging about the Edwardian era on her website, the aptly titled Edwardian Promenade.

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