Telegraph interview

This interview with Dan from the Telegraph, published earlier today, contains spoilers for last night's Downton Christmas special.

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I hope this ring some bells so DS would know his freinds better

In an interview with The New York Times, Benedict Cumberbatch recalls a friendly run in with Downton Abbey producer, Rebecca Eaton, at the Golden Globe Awards. He also shares his opinion on the second season of Downton Abbey:

He recalled an encounter he’d had in January at the Golden Globe Awards, where the PBS “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton taunted him affectionately with a trophy that had just been won by “Downton Abbey.”

He said: “I just looked at it and went: ‘Begone, woman. Bring it back when it says “Sherlock Holmes” or Steven Moffat or myself — someone else who’s more deserving than the second series of “Downton Abbey.” ’ ”

Exhibiting a diplomacy that his Holmes is not known for, Mr. Cumberbatch stopped himself from saying anything more about the rival television series.

“I know too many people who are in it,” he said. “I thought the first series was good. That’s what I’ll say.”

I FELL QUITE IN LOVE...

WITH MATTHEW CRAWLEY AS BROUGHT TO LIFE SO WONDERFULLY BY DAN STEVENS. OF COURSE, THANKS TO THE ELECTRONIC AGE WE LIVE IN, EVEN IN THE US MOST OF US KNOW THAT MATTHEW DOES NOT LIVE TO CHARM AND BEGUILE US ANY LONGER. BUT HAPPILY, I HAVE DISCOVERED THERE ARE MANY LAYERS TO NOT ONLY THE ACTOR, BUT THE MAN DAN STEVENS IS. HE HAS PROVEN HIMSELF ON THE BROADWAY STAGE, AND EVEN MORE TELLINGLY IN TOUGH NEW YORK, AS A GENTLEMAN OF GRACIOUSNESS, INTELLIGENCE, AND KINDNESS TO ALL HE MEETS. HE SEEMS TO WIN HEARTS BOTH ON AND OFF CAMERA AND STAGE. HOW CAN ANYONE WISH THIS LOVELY YOUNG MAN ANYTHING BUT THE VERY BEST FOR HIS FUTURE. HE IS TOO YOUNG TO JUST SETTLE FOR A SECURITY BLANKET, MUCH AS I, (AND INDEED MY SORE EYES!) WILL MISS HIM ON DOWNTON, I THINK HE HAS MADE THE RIGHT DECISION, I AM REMINDED WHEN GEORGE CLOONEY LEFT THE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL TV SHOW "ER", DIRE THINGS WERE PREDICTED FOR BOTH, BUT "ER" SURVIVED, AND GEORGE CLOONEY WENT ON TO BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS. GOD BLESS YOU DAN, I EXPECT YOU WILL DO THE SAME, AND YOUR FAITHFUL FANS WILL BE WATCHING AND APPLAUDING. MEANWHILE, I WILL ENJOY THE REMAINING "GLOW" YOU BRING TO OUR SUNDAY EVENINGS. (AND ON A FRIVOLOUS NOTE...CONGRATULATIONS...I LOVE THE WAY YOU DRESS!)
jean/usa

More agreement

More agreement!

Agree!

Echo your sentiments. Met Dan in NY after the Heiress and he was a delight; professional, yet candid and charming. So many layers, hope he gets a chance to explore them all.

Met him at The Heiress

he was not as comfortable as his other coworkers in his own skin, epsecially at the begining. he blushes on & off that does not correlate with his line or act. At the begining of the show he had some enormous anxiety as if he is the only one on the stage to pay attention to !!! but as the time went on, he forgot about the surroundings and got absorbed to the story enough to act better. In comparison to the other casts: still not as established and in control of his own nerves and emotions!

Grieving, Grateful and (Such) Good Luck

Mr. Stevens, if you read this, please recognize the depth of grieving that is causing all this anger, because of the depth of our admiration and affection for the character you brilliantly brought to life and with one decision (yours) ended that life, well the character's life. I, for one, am truly grateful that you agreed to do "one more" period drama when you joined the cast of DA. I am grateful that you stayed the full 3 series and didn't ask to be released early, because even one additional episode without Matthew would have been "tragic". There will be a gaping hole in the DA cast but as Julian F. says the real story is "Downton". In real life Lords and Countesses come and go, and Highclere endures. I completely understand JF keeping Matthew alive until the very last moment, just in case you changed your mind. I wish it (MC's death) had not been juxtaposed with the joy of the birth of his "son and heir", but Matthew was in the last scene of the first two series and the writers really needed to convince the viewer that this accident was fatal, Dan is not coming back. I am very grateful for all the talent you have been blessed with including your writing( in the Telegraph or for the Junket), your wonderful voice (reading audiobooks) and your ability to be so charming and candid in interviews. You have kept me entertained and I hope that you(and I) can look forward to many exciting opportunities in your future. As for DA, it is an ensemble cast and I'm not sure who can have the rapport with Lady Mary that Matthew did, but I will give it a chance to "convince me" to still care about the future of Lord Grantham and the estate. Finally, I wish you 'such good luck' as you move forward and hope that you don't come to regret the timing of your exit.

Well said!

I think people are upset because Dan did such a wonderful job and people, myself included, really took the story of Mary and Matthew to their hearts. It's understandable that people are disappointed with the timing; as you write, the way the birth and death scenes were put so closely togehther was a bit unsettling. But, I don't understand how people can be so very insensitive sometimes. Expressing disappointment is one thing, ranting about how Dan is worth nothing is quite another thing.

So Dan, if you read this. Yes, people are grieving, and might have issues with the actual death scene, and so on. But, know that, although we're sad, most of us have the deepest respect for you and your many talents, and for the decisions you make! Including your decision to leave! Just because that decision caused a lot of sadness, does not mean it was the wrong decision to make!

Grieving, Grateful and [Such] Good Luck.

Agree with every word and sentiment.

Well said

concur, concur, concur.

(this isn't by any chance "orange shipper" is it?)

Please stay on Downton Abbey

I am a american teenager from a small town. I love the world of Downton Abbey because the whole drama between Mary and Matthew kept it going. I hope you reconsider and stay on the show or I will stop watching it. It will break my heart to see you leave. I hope you actually read these comments. I want you to know that you were the main reason I watched Downton Abbey. You are the best Dan Stevens as Matthew. Please don't let them kill him off yet. Stay for one more season, i beg you. But good luck on your future career, if you don't listen to my advice. Good Matthew Crawley the best British drama character.

I am sorry

Yes, I think that it is time that we got over him leaving Downton. Even though it is very sad but, it is his life. Good luck Dan and to your family.

Please lets get real!

I have been a fan of Dan's for quite some time - going back to Line of Beauty and Sense & Sensibility - I have many of his audio books because he brings books to life with his magnificent reading and his writing is brilliant (apart from his Telegraph columns his piece on The Junket website was beautifully written and very funny). I have seen him in the Heiress, having travelled to NY specially to see him and where he chatted to his fans outside the theatre and showed himself to be very down to earth and pleasant, and I have loved him in DA. Of course I was very disappointed by the manner of his exit from DA and it will not be the same for me now, but I can not get over the hysteria of some comments on this web site.

He is a fine young actor with many other talents to his name and an intelligence that enables him to make informed choices about most things including his career. I for one do not hold it against him that he has left the show but look forward to seeing him in many new projects. I am sure if he has read any of the comments posted he will be most upset at the vitriol. I found his interview in the Telegraph thoughtful and understandable - to dedicate 7 months of a year to DA did not give him time to do many of the other things that he wished to try, like making a big film and I hope he will appear on stage in this country sometime soon.
If you are a Dan Stevens fan then you remain a fan even though he has left your favourite show and the horrible things said about him by some are evidence that those people were Matthew Crawley fans more than Dan's and I am sorry to tell you he does not exist!
I wish Dan and his family all the very best for 2013 and look forward to seeing him in more and varied projects in the future.
Dan fan in UK

Yes, please lets get real.......

I truly feel a little bit sad about DA but I can´t be upset about it. Maybe it´s because I´m not british or perhaps it´s my age (close to 50). I really can´t see the point in comments like “oh, I´m so going to cancel my tickets to the Heiress” or “ you will never get a better job, who do you think you are?”. If something like this happens here it´s known as The Swedish Jealousy!!

But I do wish that DA had ended with the Christmas special (without Matthews’s death of course!) – I ´m not looking forward to season 4 or 6 or 8 because I´m afraid that it will never end at all. Can you imagine how many actors who eventually want to leave and how many new characters with silly plotlines to come? Sometimes you just have to leave it as it is - a great story with an end.

Wholeheartedly agree

Re your comment "Please lets get real", I wholeheartedly agree.

....from another Dan fan in the UK who appreciates all of his artistic skills, and who is eagerly ooking forward to his future projects.

Fans!

OED : Fan :- A person who has a strong interest in or admiration for a particular sport, art form or famous person....Strong interest or admiration, nothing about blind allegiance.

Please let's get real

Perhaps not all of Dan's fans wear the same rose tinted spectacles as yourself, and do not see the interview in the Telegraph as 'thoughtful and understandable'. There is a way of conveying to your fellow cast members, writers and fans of the series that you no longer wish to continue in your role, to talk about a sense of liberation is crass, you may feel that internally but it is hardly gracious when the role has redefined your career. You may think that Dan does not need to show gratitude to Fellowes etc but then perhaps I am old fashioned. Yes I am a fan of Dan's work, but unlike yourself I do not think everything he does is brilliant. There have as you say been comments on this page about his leaving, but none as ungracious or self serving as a sense of 'liberation' that Dan has left DA.

It would be one thing if JF and his fellow cast mates

were complaining and claiming that Dan's been ungracious but the saddest most pathetic thing is that it's you, bitter "fans" with no life that are judging Dan the harshest, as though you, not they, knew him personally. You got to watch A CHARACTER ON TV. This is an interview with A REAL MAN speaking REAL LIFE WORDS about REAL LIFE FEELINGS. He said he felt a weird combination of liberation and sadness because he is so close to the cast and has enjoyed working on the show. SADNESS. Did you read that part? No. You of course, decided to focus on the word liberation. No doubt this word brought back memories of some bad breakup in your own life which you are now projecting onto Dan, but Please Let's Get Real as you said, nothing in his interview was ungracious. You are not old-fashioned, you are just delusional and in denial.

In reply to this rather

In reply to this rather rambling response to my mail, I don't think I have ever called anybody delusional, insinuated that their reasoning is due to some problems in their personal life and projected onto an actor but merely stated an opinion without rancour, bitterness or denial. If you are an example of Dan's fan base, then I withdraw and leave you to it. I think he deserves better but then again that;s just an opinion.

Yes, very proud to be an example of Dan's fan base

And proud to stand up for him in the face of yours and other comments claiming that Dan has been "ungracious or self-serving" for simply choosing to move on from TV show. This, despite the fact that he gave ample notice, duly fulfilled his 3 contracted seasons, and expressed how sad he was to leave, though excited at what the future holds.

He does indeed "deserve better" as you said than this fickleness of "fandom" and I'm happy to stand up in his support, against people like you feel entitled to criticize carelessly, yet cry foul when someone calls you out on it.

Reply

I don't know who you are and speaking on behalf of the lady who I think has probably left and other fans of Dan to resort to personal abuse is not something I wish to see on this board. To call people 'delusional' and seek to say they are suffering from personal problems because they disagree with you is appalling. You are as we all are entitled to opinions but I for one find your language and insinuations offensive. Dan can defend himself through his wonderful work not by his fans abusing each other. I too will leave here, there are unfortunately too many like you who cannot put across their point of view in a civilised manner, unless it is simply you dominating this board.

Japanese Proverb

"The nail that sticks out gets hammered down".

In this case, it should probably be plural since it does seem that there are more people like the person who posted, who are sticking up for Mr. Stevens.

Having read quite a few of these posts, and at the risk of getting my own head chopped off (hammered down) along with the earlier poster, it does rather seem that any time someone on this site defends Dan and challenges some of the rather nasty criticisms of his decision to leave, those people get instantly "hammered down" and bashed about and called "uncivil" by people like the above author of "Reply".

Truth be told, I honestly find most of the barrage of hate against Mr. Stevens, from wishes that his career fails, to hopes expressed that he finds no success in the US etc, way more offensive than anything the man (or woman) wrote above, ostensibly in defense of a point about Mr. Stevens' interview. I'll even stick my own neck out further and state that I'm fairly sure, were Mr. Stevens himself to read some of these messages, that what he would find collectively more offensive would be rabidness of the anti-Dan language and insunuations, not the words of one supporter.

As you mentioned, all are allowed to state views. It's everyone's prerogative to post or read, but to resort to this haranguing of the few people (and they do seem to be sadly in the minority) who are standing up wholeheartedly in support of Mr. Stevens), and pulling in friends to stand up and "hammer down" other posters, and throwing out threats to "leave" a public site seems a trifle bit... bullyish.

Surely leaving a site won't change the fact that there will always be others in life with opinions different from your own/ We cannot run away each time we encounter one such divergence of opinion. Rather take it for what it's worth and move on.

As the French say, "Vive la difference."

Denial is a river in Egypt

Denial is a river in Egypt

Thank you

Thank you so much for these words!

A Happy New Year

to one of the finest actors of the time being.

Happy New Year 2013, Fellow Dan Stevens Fans!

Wishing everyone a wonderful 2013. We have certainly shared a lot these last few weeks of 2012.

To Darcylicious, thank you for making this wonderful site and providing us all with such timely news and a venue to share thoughts and communicate feelings and opinions, no matter how disparate.

Seeing as this is a site dedicated to him, I'm raising a glass to Mr. Stevens, all of us, his fans and whatever lies ahead. In the words of the famous new year's song, Auld Lang Syne:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne* ?

For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Happy new year, one and all!

Happy New Year

The same to you and to Dan!

Re: Happy New Year

Bravo, well said.

MC jumping the shark

I agree that dan stevens needs to try different avenues but I also believe that both parties should have been more considerate to us in choosing the manner of how to end matthew's character considering that it is supposed to be a christmas special. Lady Mary's and Matthew's characters have been with us for three years. They became our own during those years. Our feelings and sensitivities should have been at least respected since we have been faithfully supporting the show. Admit it or not our support has tremendously adds value to the show and stars' popularity. It is us who made you where, you are right now. So a little gratitude would be very much appreciated. If only both parties somehow give in a little and sensitive enoūgh to our own idiosyncracies. Adding insult to injury is the timing. It was so callous . I am bleeding inside. It's funny that when a show has poor ratings everybody bends backward to court the audience but when the world is at your hand you can easily trifle with us. That's all good luck whatever!

No feeling for fans

I was a great fan of Downton Abbey and Dan Stevens but the Christmas Special changed all that. With the storyline between Matthew and Mary now dead it has destroyed the show for me. Thank you very much Mr. Steven. You have shown you have no feeling for the fans of Downton.

MC jumping the shark.

The timing was bad and above all to advertise Episode 9 of Series 3 as "The Christmas Special" was a major error of gianormous proportions. The desire to win the ratings game clouded commonsense and threw clear thinking right out the window.. That episode singlehandedly wrecked Christmas for many people both sides of the pond.

Bad timing - but good luck to Dan!

Yes, I agree, timing was bad and felt unnecessary. However, what's done is done, and now let's try to remember Dan's wonderful job as Matthew, with fondness.

Bad timimg

Perhaps the timing was bad, but what other options were there. Some reports say that only recently did Dan confirm that he would leave, that he was holding out for other opportunities. There had to be resolution before series 4, just unfortunate that perhaps contracts were not resolved before the shooting of the 'special'. I cannot believe that this would ruin Christmas, hopefully there is more to the Christmas holiday than 2 hrs of television!

Bad timing

The timing was bad... it wrecked our Christmas Night.

Dan's departure from Downton

I'm a huge fan of Dan and I'll surely continue to support him, but I honestly don't understand why he couldn't stay for another season or at least for some other episodes... He said Downton is "monopolizing", but this isn't completely true: he and his Downton colleagues, in the last 2 years, worked at many other projects...
Straight after the Christmas Special I was very disappointed with Julian Fellowes' decision, but now I begin to think that Matthew's death was the only believable "exit" for the character... It was, so to speak, a forced decision... Lord Fellowes has clearly said that he would have loved to keep Dan in the show, even for two or three episodes.
Now, I wish Dan all the best but I'm not sure that he's made the right choice... I fear, to quote a comment I've just read on The Telegraph web site, that "he'll find that in America he won't be the jewel in the crown that he was in Downton"...
Laura (from Italy)

Dan's Departure from Downton

Finding out that he is "not the jewel in the crown in America that he was in Downton" still lies ahead of him. Until December 25 th he has been feted wherever he went - the whole of Manhattan just loved 'Dreamboat Dan from Downton" . Makes me wonder what the new epithet will be!

As one of the many fans of

As one of the many fans of Downton Abbey I do wish Dan Stevens all the best in the future and thank him for 3 wonderful years that he has given to this brilliant series. It is to his credit that he was able to take what could have been a fairly pedantic middle class role and turn into one that captured the hearts and imaginations of many people throughout the world.

Dan Stevens is now facing unprecedented anger and grief that he dare remove Matthew from Downton Abbey; the problem is that people have failed to distinguish between the actor and the character. A back-handed compliment really for a job well-done.

Like many I do hope that Dan keeps writing and that he also finds time to continue with the Audio books.

I wish him every success with his future projects whatever they may be.

Re: As one

Hear, hear. So sad to see all this misdirected anger and grief at Dan Stevens the actor. I think people are just upset because DA and the MC/MM storylines have for so long allowed them to escape into a world of fantasy, as well as escape, for just an hour or so, the drudgery of "real life in the real world". But, that is just it: it was just an escape and Dan Stevens is not Matthew Crawley, but a real person with a real life. He wants to go lead that real life taking on other projects.

You are so right. It is indeed to Dan Steven's credit as an actor that he was able to make a character as potentially boring and dull as MC so charismatic and well-loved by so many. As one journalist said, Dan "made moral rectitude sexy". Thankfully, he can do much more and I look forward to whatever comes next for him.

It was not sexy at all, it

It was not sexy at all, it was the process and complexitis M&M went through while keeping themselves within the domain of moral rectitude, like Mary was not selfish to ruin Lavinia's affair with MC because of her own interest and ambitions, she was considerate and was flowing through the best benefit of everybody as a whole, eventhough scarificing her own emotions and happiness, which made her even a more wonderful and lovingly character who has matured to do not make the same mistake she made when she became fearful of facing the humiliation her aunt pictured in her eye to become a country soliciter's wife while deep inside her own pre biased decision was to marry MC regardless of his prospects just because she loves her and finds him very smart. It is also not very nice and professional to talk on behalf an actor to call the role he played a boring one and make him look worse, otherwise he had the choice not to accept it from the begining. It is not difficult for fans to watch a re cast one as long as the character they were watching remains alive.,by the end of the first or 2nd episode of it, they get used to it the same way that they get used to Sybil's death. If Sybil was still left alive, as it was very well shown before she died, she was starting to realize she did not mean what she said: " that she has no regret o lose all the aspects of life she had at downton and have a different way of life with Branson." She found her way back to downton again after experiencing the reality of living with Branson in Ireland. She was insisting to Branson to stay at Downton. She was concerned and against Branson's idea to go backward and become a mechanic at his brother's shop. She wanted him to progress. She was in love with an imaginary Branson she had built in her mind as a journalist even when he had not become a journalist yet! Their love story had a bit of insane decsion making in it which was not as fit as M&Ms. If she would have remained alive and face the facts of her life with Branson, her Love would have faded away and replaced with misery and subsequent hatred. Her marietal life's dynamic would have been changed to what Shrimpie and his wife had. Such an unhealthy one that their poor daughter would have become so troubled to throw herself in the arms of a married man as an escape way, not being able to see that she is throwing herself from a worse one to the worst one. this is why fan reactions to Sybil's death was not as intensive as the ones toward's MC's death. MC's role was a center stage one as the heir of Downton, husband to the eldest daughter and all the story was centered on him as the future of Downton and Mary.

you again...

good lord

it's called freedom of speech

it's called freedom of speech with no grudge and no prejudice! is it challenging? Is there any harm in reviewing all sorts of feedbacks from different people with different ideas?

As one....

Totally agree with this comment!

I am looking forward to whatever Dan does next - and maybe we shall see both Dan & Michelle appearing in something together in the future. Period or modern. They make an excellent on-screen duo.

Best wishes Dan!

I am not in denial, BUT STILL WANT TO FIGHT FOR IT

I am wondering after all these public reactions especially on Mr. Stevens website, has anybody asked him directly if he is considering to change his mind and come back to Downton? I guess even an icy creature will be melted away by the reactions seen everywhere, to go for double guessing his previous decision. And if Mr. Fellowes says he had to kill off MC because DS did not want to return for ever which is a bit odd (unless he has been terminated!), can the creator of DA be as merciful as almighty god to give some announcements on UK telegraph to give a hint for open solutions instead of tough no room for return signals! which he has made on The Telegraph dated on 12/31/12. By this announcement Mr. Fellowes is falling in the circle of rumors of "this is how JF took his revenge from DS" which is not good for either party. Otherwise he could easily re cast MC by Richard Armitage with no blame to be left for DS to carry. Therefore Mr. Fellowes please be considerate and aim on what is to the best interest of either parties and the TV series success especially the fan's support and ratings. Please see the bigger picture and do not insist on closing the death of MC. The sweatness of forgiveness always wins over the bitterness of revenge. Please be thoughtful about the overall outcome, and not focus on proving your abilities to run the storyline greatly without MC's presence. This is already proven and there is no need for it's further re assurance.

It woud really really be

It woud really really be FANTASTIC if Dan were to change his mind and stay for just ONE more season. JF could explain how he will finish M/M story which will not be as brutal as th CS. He and Mary could waltz off with their son to new adventures at the end of the next series. If only, just for this once, Dan would consider how much his DA fans LOVE him and respond to this by coming back. PLEASE Dan change your mind.

We should have been left with hope but we have to move on.

The distress that has arisen from the Downton debacle is, sadly, colouring all the great memories of this wonderful drama series.
Had we been left with hope rather than tragedy, I suspect that none of this would be occurring. Whether Dan returned next year could have been left open.(No matter what he had decided). Matthew could have been away on an overseas matter relating to the legacy from Mr. Swires, or in London, anywhere really. He did not really need to die, and if indeed death was the only eventual recourse, well there are ways that could have been achieved more sensitively at a more appropriate time.
I don't believe that blame can or should be apportioned to any particular person or organisation, we, as fans, will probably never really know all the facts, but I do believe that the whole matter could have been handled better than it has been.
Now we have to move on and put our sadness and any feelings of bitterness that some may bear, behind us. Personally I wish Dan and Jessica all the best for the future, I hope to see and hear more from them both soon. I dearly loved the characters of Matthew and Sybil, and I want to cherish all those exceptional Downton episodes that we have been able to enjoy previously.

"YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN' YET"...

IN THE WORDS OF AL JOLSON. BUT A WRITER WHO CAN DESCRIBE THE BEAUTY OF A CORNISH WINTER MORNING, THE PLEASURES OF A PARTICULAR WINE, THE JOYS OF THE HAMMOCK, AND THE SWEETNESS OF A SMALL DAUGHTER SELECTING A MOTHER'S DAY CARD, IS A GIFTED ONE. AND DAN STEVENS IS SUPREMELY GIFTED. AS AN AMERICAN, IT HAS BEEN REVEALED NOW, THE SAD ENDING OF DOWNTON ABBEY SERIES 3. AND THOUGH I ADMIRE AND APPRECIATE THE ENTIRE ENSEMBLE, DAN STEVENS AKA MATTHEW CRAWLEY IS THE REASON I, AND MANY, MANY OTHERS, ARE, (WERE?) AVID FOLLOWERS. BUT I ALSO UNDERSTAND HIS DESIRE TO CHALLENGE HIMSELF WITH OTHER ROLES. HE SIGNED ON FOR 3 YEARS, AND HE COMPLETED 3 YEARS. ISN'T IT RATHER PETTY TO MALIGN THIS YOUNG MAN FOR HIS CHOICE TO RISK THE UNKNOWN AND SEE WHATS OUT THERE FOR HIM. I SUSPECT A VERY GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS AWAITS HIM. MEANWHILE, I WILL ENJOY SEASON 3, WHEN IT STARTS, AND SKIP THE END.
GODSPEED, DAN STEVENS, BUT DO NOT STOP WRITING. AND READING.
(AGAIN, FORGIVE MY "CAPS".)
jean/usa

Hear, hear, Jean.

And caps completely forgiven; all the better to read such affirming (and much needed) support for the Talented Mr. Stevens.

"You ain't see nothing...."

Well said!

Scrap the Christmas Special?

Many viewers fell in love with Downton Abbey because we are tired of violent, swearing, drugs, single parent etc each time we want to see something on the TV. DA gives viewers sense of calm. Watching the characters in nice clothes, sit down dinners as family, servants work hard but rarely complain. It is nice to drift into that hour without beep-out swearing. It is all about close-knit family with parents, grandparents, surrogate parents like Carson, Mrs Huge, Mrs Patmore. Since far flung East and US fans have not seen the Christmas Special, ITV can always scrap it.
We are tired of single parenthood, we want to see Matthew and Mary's parenting skills. Dad being easy going middle class, mum aristocrat and traditional. Not to mention the grandparents have different ideas too. The liberal Isobel clashes with traditional Lord and Lady Grantham, the Dowager on parenting. Would be fun to see their meddling in the 3rd in line heir's upbringing. If that is not possible, Matthew survives but is sent to USA for recuperating with US advanced medical to explain his absent. We might get to see Mrs Levingson again, another meddling great-granny. Would be fun.

very well said

very well said

Another fan has written: "I

Another fan has written:
"I was very fond of the M/M storyline and I think it is a shame that Dan decided not to return. It was entirely HIS decision and although I think the scene could have been shown at the beginning of the next series, I feel that Dan has let his fans down not to mention the fantastic cast of actors. I hope this show proves that it is bigger than just an actor. It is certainly not Julian Fellowes fault."

Therefore, somehow, it unfortunately sounds very self centered of Dan Stevens not considering the rest. Above all, every individual is surrounded by the rest and somehow their survival depends on how they interact with the rest!

I hope all the cast and crew along with fans come together to find a solution to save both DA's and DS's prospects! damage control is much needed!

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