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This "Downton Abbey" News Dump Is a Lot Classier Than the Ones You Take

By Dustin Rowles | Books | June 25, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Books | June 25, 2012 |

Here’s a few notable “Downton Abbey” notes from around the web:

First up, as most of you know, Shirley Maclaine will become a series regular in the third season, and during the recent TVLand Awards, we got a glimpse of her first interaction with Dame Maggie Smith, and it’s all kinds of throw-down haughty. Apologies for the video quality.

Meanwhile, Downton’s Michelle Dockery joins an all-star cast that includes Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, and Hayley Atwell in the BBC mini-series, “Restless,” an adaptation of the William Boyd novel about a female spy on the run. Atwell and Charlotte Rampling will play the same part nearly 30 years apart.

Speaking of which, here’s Dockery, who got all dressed up in a fancy T-Shirt for a Burberry fashion show. Did she bedazzle that with pebbles?


Here’s Elizabeth McGovern rocking out with Big Country at the Isle of Wight Festival. She sings?


Finally, because the Internet hasn’t mashed “Downton Abbey” up with everything just yet, here’s the mash-up with “Martin” that you’ve all been waiting for.

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