How well do you know Downton Abbey?

Downton Abbey (Image: Carnival Films)

Downton Abbey (Image: Carnival Films)

The hugely popular period drama, which stars our September celebrity Dame Maggie Smith, returns this month for its fourth season, so put your knowledge of the show to the test…

  1. During the first series of Downton, people criticised the use of a particular word – what was it?
  2. The series is filmed at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, but what interior scenes are shot in a London studio?
  3. After two seasons, Downton had earned the most nominations of any international TV series in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards – how many did it get?
  4. Two behind-the-scenes books on the series have been written by Jessica Fellowes – how is she related to Julian Fellowes?
  5. The rights to broadcast the show have now been bought by over 100 countries, but which country opted out of showing the first series in September 2010?
  6. Opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will make her first TV appearance in the new series of Downton – what is her birth name?
  7. Shirley MacLaine returns as Martha Levinson in the new series – for what film did she first win an Oscar?
  8. Downton creator Julian Fellowes wrote novels in the 1970s – under what name

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  1. The word was ‘boyfriend’, which critics said wasn’t in use around 1912. However, it actually first appeared in print in July 1889.
  2. The kitchen and servants’ quarters were filmed at Ealing Studios because the ones at the castle had been modernised.
  3. It earned 27 Emmy nominations – 11 in 2011 and 16 in 2012.
  4. She’s his niece.
  5. Scotland – STV chose to screen a new series of Taggart instead.
  6. She was born Claire Mary Teresa Rawstron but was adopted by Tom and Nell Te Kanawa.
  7. Terms of Endearment (1983).
  8. He wrote romantic novels under the pseudonym Rebecca Greville.

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