Hop@Home: Julian Fellowes

Live Chat with Julian Fellowes

A virtual brunch with the creator of “Downton Abbey”
May 09, 2020

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Join us for a special Saturday brunch chat with "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes.


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Break out the scones and clotted cream as we talk with Julian Fellowes, creator and writer of the cultural phenomenon Downton Abbey and an Academy Award-winning screenwriter (Gosford Park). During our chat, Fellowes will share his thoughts on why Downton Abbey resonated so strongly with audiences, and will discuss his latest projects: Belgravia on EPIX and The English Game on Netflix. The conversation will be broadcast live on YouTube and viewers can tune in and submit questions.

About Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes is a critically acclaimed and Academy Award-winning screenwriter (Gosford Park, 2001), as well as a director and novelist. Fellowes is best known for creating, executive-producing and serving as the sole writer for the worldwide sensation Downton Abbey. Over its six seasons, Downton received 15 Emmy Awards (and a whopping 69 nominations!) as well as a Golden Globe for Best Miniseries in 2012. Fellowes himself has been nominated 10 times and won Emmy Awards for writing and for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie in the first season. Following the series' tremendous success, Fellowes went on to write and produce the Downton Abbey movie in 2019. With additional credits in the cinematic, musical theater (School of RockThe Musical, Mary Poppins) and publishing realms (Snobs; Past Imperfect; Belgravia), Fellowes is the definition of a prolific writer. In January 2011, Fellowes was given a peerage and entered the House of Lords as the Lord Fellowes of West Stafford.

Current and Notable Projects by Julian Fellowes

Belgravia (2020): Based on his novel by the same name, Belgravia is a story of secrets and scandals amongst the upper echelon of London society in the 19th Century. Watch now on EPIX.

The English Game (2020): The six-part drama charts the origins of football and how those involved in its creation reached across the class divide to establish the game as the world's most popular sport. Watch now on Netflix.

Gosford Park (2001): Fellowes wrote (and won an Oscar for) the screenplay for Robert Altman's witty, absorbing "upstairs-downstairs" murder mystery set on the estate of aristocratic Brits in the 1930s. The screenplay deftly juggles multiple subplots linking the servants and the upper crust—including sexual infidelities, blackmail, out-of-wedlock children and more—and provides tasty dialogue and characters for the film's brilliant cast, stuffed with some of the best acting talent on both sides of the Atlantic. Available to watch on multiple platforms.

Downton Abbey (2011): Fellowes's award-winning series spans 12 years of gripping drama centered on a great English estate on the cusp of a vanishing way of life. America fell in love with Downton Abbey's Granthams and their family of servants, and followed them through sweeping change, scandals, love, ambition, heartbreak and hope. With Fellowes's crackling writing and a stellar ensemble cast led by Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey delivers wit, warmth, passion and a phenomenon that is, at its heart, utterly human. Click the link above for all things Downton: curated videos, quizzes, cast interviews, special features and more.

If you don't have time to watch six seasons (52 episodes!) before next Saturday, last year's long-anticipated feature film is a great way to bone up on the series. Watch now on multiple platforms.

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