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Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  1,019 ratings  ·  151 reviews
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 m
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by St. Martin's Press (first published September 12th 2013)
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Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this! You will too if you're a fan of the show!
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was a goodreads first reads winner of this fantastic book. I am a big fan of Downton Abbey so I was thrilled that i got the chance to read this is very well done. with lots of generous pictures to go with "Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey. It was fun to read the information about the filming of this wonderful show. It gives information. on the cast, the outfits they wear, the hairstyles, the Castle where the Downton abbey family lives. the other buildings the props used etc.. I loved ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I stumbled upon this book by chance and had to get it. I just love Downton Abbey and this book is the perfect guide for anyone wanting to learn about the behind the scenes.
Sure, it's only up until season 4 but that doesn't matter too much as the costumes, sees and props remain the same for the last two seasons.

It was great to read how much effort went into bringing the Crawley family to live. You see it on TV but can only imagine how much work it must've been for the entire crew.

I'm probably
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Definitely put this on your list if you are a fan of the hugely popular British TV series Downton Abbey. Combined with these two other companion books, The World of Downton Abbey, The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey should satisfy your curiosity and keep you to date on the progression of the story line. Unlike the other two this one has a forward from Executive Producer Gareth Neame though of course, Julian and Jessica Fellows gets their due. I truly can ...more
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I was a Goodread winner of this excellent Coffee Table Book. Want to know about the Downton Abbey Behind the Scenes and the up and coming 2014 episodes? - then this is the book you need.

I gave this book to my Grandaughter for Christmas and she started reading it just as the last of the Christmas wrapping was torn off. Thankgoodness I got this book a few days before Christmas day. AND yes I did indeed did a quick read and wrapped it on Christmas Eve.
The book has many, MANY pictures of the befor
Lauren Stoolfire
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of Downton Abbey you definitely need to try this fantastic look into the making of the series (through series 4).
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won an advanced copy of this book via the Goodreads giveaway

It was a very nice quick read, especially for a coffee table book.

I am and avid fan of Downton and thoroughly enjoyed the behind the scene look at the show and upcoming changes and/or additions for series 4. The book did have any spoilers instead it acted as a look into how they script, film, create and pull off the show.

Being a television production major in college I found this behind the scenes look very intriguing. Pulling off a p
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyable, albeit quick, read about the making of Downton Abbey. At first blush, I thought it was a collection of photos, mostly, but there are sections of interesting text. I learned a ton about the hard work of making terrific television, which makes me appreciate it all the more. While this book is a companion piece to series four (and therefore, likely a PR effort), it does seem that all the people involved truly love what they do, and those with whom they work, which is wonderful ...more
Marissa Suddreth
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was lovely! The writing is wonderful, informative, and beautifully written. There are plenty of stunning photos, and glimpses behind the scenes, but the book doesn't depend on the images to make it worth while.

Emma Rowley, the author, has interviewed and talked with so many of the people involved with the production of Downton Abbey that she truly breathes life into these images.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of Downton Abbey. It's much more than a "pretty book with pictures" a
Really great book for every Downton Abbey fan like myself. There was a lot of really interesting behind the scenes information, and I highly enjoyed learning more about the show. (And now I want series 5 even more badly!)

One thing I will say, tho. It's not really about the book, but I still want to mention. Reading this, it makes it painfully obvious that a lot of the people behind the show are rich, posh englishmen who would be living "upstairs" if they lived in Downton Abbey. It doesn't make t
Sacramento Public Library

As a Downton Abbey fan eagerly awaiting the new season I thought this would be a fun book to read. Divided into sections detailing every aspect of the show’s production it reveals just how much effort goes into keeping the look and content as historically accurate as possible. With gorgeous photographs throughout and plenty of fascinating details about the sets, wardrobe, scripts, hairstyles, makeup and props this book is a must read for any Downton Abbey fan. - Susie

Rachel Boothby
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Honestly, I skimmed much of this book, especially at the beginning. I really do enjoy reading about behind the scenes of my favorite shows and movies, but this got to be a little too detailed, especially about the production and history. Things picked up when the discussed the actors, wardrobe, hair, etc.
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of the show Downton Abbey and this is a very interesting read for any fan of the show. There are a lot of details on how they film the show at Highclere Castle and other details about costumes and many other aspects into the show. This is a nice companion to the show with many pictures throughout the book.
Paul Juniper
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Lots of interesting and revealing photos. Book is worth it for the photos which is just as well as the text is very disappointing. I didn't learn very much from it and I don't feel that the quotes from the actors were very revealing.
Mary Ronan Drew
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
A good book with interesting anecdotes about the making of the TV series Downton Abbey, including some photos I had not seen before. It was sufficiently interesting to keep me reading but with all the material they must have to work with I think it could have been much better.
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a good behind the scenes book although I don't think I learned much I didn't already know. Lots of nice photos are included. Fans of the series will enjoy it.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I learned a surprising amount about filming television from this book. And you can't beat the still photos of the costumes/hair/set design either...
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In preparation for the Downton Abbey film that is going to be released in September I decided to read “Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey” which has been on my bookshelf for a few years now. Written to promote the 4th season of the series, much of the focus is on the third series and earlier. So, there are clearly plot and character developments that go far beyond what this book covers. But I liked the approach that offered an in-depth look at things like costume, hair, makeup, and locations. Th ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This coffee table book contains a wealth of information on the production of Downton Abbey, seasons 1-4. As a warning, if you have not seen the first 4 seasons, there are spoilers to critical plot elements within the text. The book covers everything from props, locations, costumes, music, and historical review, along with information on the characters and actors. It is a beautiful companion to the series.
Steve Gross
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Good of its kind but only goes through season 3
Gato Negro
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
For the devoted Downton fan, this is an informative and interesting book.
Aimee G
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyed reading and viewing the photos from Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey.
Rene Bahrenfuss
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lovely return to Downton Abbey with lots of rich photographs.
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Like everyone on the planet (it seems), I am obsessed with this British TV import. While the USA has certainly churned out its fair share of great, "make you think" shows, I've really been into Brit entertainment lately (Broadchurch was one of my favorite shows of 2013). Maybe it's the accent...who knows?

Emma Rowley's Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey does exactly what its name implies. This is a must-read for those who
Terri Lynn
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just love this book. It starts in the very beginning when the concept of Downton Abbey first was suggested to Julian Fellowes and takes it from there. I enjoyed learning how the idea for the series came up, how they managed to get it into production, how cast were chosen, and all the details about locations, cars, food, hairstyles and makeup, and everything has been decided on with lots of color photos throughout. One photo in particular made me think about how real a show can seem. It is of R ...more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun read for "behind the scenes" Still making through the pile of 'Downton Abbey' books and have moved onto this book that talks about the costumes, sets, etc. It's interesting book that goes through season 4 (so it's more up to date than some of the other books that are out there).
We see the different sets, the props, the costumes, etc. Fantastic pictures of the cast/crew (what we don't see on TV for the most part). It's not as text-heavy as other books are and would make a fantastic coffee ta
Jenni V.
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love Downton Abbey so when I saw this book at the library, I had to get it. It was fun to page through with lots of information and photos, and I found it very interesting.
Fun Fact 1: Highclere Castle is a real family home and a majority of the furniture and wall decorations are not props (which is why they chose it). They use rubber sheets to protect the floors from the equipment/crew while filming, and they use tablecloths on the dining table to protect the antique (tablemats only would've
Anda Alexandra
If you love period movies or series you most certainly watched Downton Abbey as well. Right now, very close to the end of the 4th season I managed to get this wonderful book to keep me company until the Christmas Special. Now this book is perfect for the hardcore fans of Downton Abbey and for the "lighter" version as well :) It has pictures throughout the 4 seasons of the show and it shows both the cast in their day-to-day work but also what is behing making Downton Abbey. It reveals the prop cl ...more
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book! This book is a great and very quick read (since it is essentially all pictures, but that is how it should be). Anyone who loves Downton and history will find this book interesting. It was also great to learn about the different aspects that go into making the show - lighting, props, costumes, etc and how much importance they give to detail and historical accuracy. I know I sure would love to be the historical consultant on this show! Fortunately, while season 4 was discussed th ...more
Anda Alexandra
If you love period movies or series you most certainly watched Downton Abbey as well. Right now, very close to the end of the 4th season I managed to get this wonderful book to keep me company until the Christmas Special. Now this book is perfect for the hardcore fans of Downton Abbey and for the "lighter" version as well :) It has pictures throughout the 4 seasons of the show and it shows both the cast in their day-to-day work but also what is behing making Downton Abbey. It reveals the prop cl ...more
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