January 12th, 2012

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It's a fookin' stately 'ome

We've been watching more Downton Abbey, and I just spotted a nice article in Newsweek on Highclere Castle, where it's shot. The castle is the family seat of the Earls of Carnarvon -- the 5th Earl being the dude who was along for Howard Carter's discovery of King Tut. The castle also stood in for Totleigh Towers in the Bertie & Jeeves thingies.

Can't find the actual article online, but.... "If crew members dare to life the family's antique chairs ... by the arms rather than the legs, they can expect a playful scolding from the lady of the manor. 'I sometimes have to stop them and say, "Excuse me! You lift a chair by its bottom -- and a woman in your arms"'"

ETA: duh, the actual article is in Time, which has a paywall.