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A Good Read — Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey

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The Countess of Carnarvon (photo credit: WNEW's Judlyne Lilly)

The Countess of Carnarvon (photo credit: WNEW’s Judlyne Lilly)

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Here’s a book for fans of the PBS drama “Downton Abbey, the wildly popular series featuring the life of an aristocratic family on a decadent 20th century English countryside estate.

In the book, “Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey,” the author, the Countess of Carnarvon says that there were real-life people in the book that mirror the characters in the television show.

Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey Book Cover ( Photo credit: WNEW's Judlyne Lilly)

Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey Book Cover (Photo credit: WNEW’s Judlyne Lilly)

Using diaries and scrapbooks from Highclere Castle’s archive, WNEW’s Judlyne Lilly says the countess writes about the juicy scandals in the castle from the 1920’s to the end of World War II.

Unlike the series, the book explore staff in the castle, which is actually much larger than what is portrayed on television.

For example, the author says you don’t see the carpenters, the electricians, the farmers, the gardeners and other staff who help keep the home in tip-top shape and profitable.

Here’s a snippet of The Countess’s experience watching Downton Abbey on television while sitting in the same places as the characters do on the show. The full interview can be heard Sunday Jan. 5 on Fresh Perspectives, which airs on 94.7 Fresh FM at 7:00 a.m.

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