|with Downton Abbey cast including Maggie Smith (3rd from left)|
However, Lady Carnarvon and the Downton Abbey cast, who were there on one of their regular sojourns to film a few interior and exterior shots before returning to their regular home at Ealing Studios, made me extremely welcome.
After watching the filming of a scene with Elizabeth Govern (Lady Mary) and Jim Carter (Carson the butler), who, it turns out, is something of a comedian, I had lunch with other journalists and members of the cast in a marquee specially constructed for the occasion in the castle grounds.
I was at a table with the lovely Joanne Froggatt, who this year made an emotional speech on winning a Golden Globe for her role as Anna the maid, and Leslie Nicol, who plays Mrs. Patmore the cook.
Leslie tells me she and her husband spend three months a year on holiday in California with their two dogs. Next time she comes she's going to contact me and we'll take the dogs for a walk along the Palisades.