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Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has admitted he does not ‘fully understand’ why the stately home drama has been such a hit.
Speaking on today’s Desert Island Discs on Radio 4, he also says he had been ‘a bit pompous’ about complaints about the show’s accuracy after viewers took it to task for using modern phrases and other historical errors.
Lord Fellowes tells host Kirsty Young: ‘Papers are not full of complaints about a programme that no one’s watching. I think I misinterpreted what was an expression of the joint experience.’
TV Hit: Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley) and Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley) in the Downton mens north face jackets Abbey Christmas Day special
He adds: ‘If I had a clear understanding of why it had done so well I would continue to write shows that attracted record viewers for the rest of my life.
‘I don’t fully understand why it did so well. I think we did one or two things right but I think the main reason it was so popular was we are allowed to give completely equal weight to all of our characters and we don’t set them off in a group, so we don’t make all the toffs horrible or all the servants funny.’The Downton Abbey Christmas Day special, starring Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary and Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, is one of the festive season’s most hotly anticipated dramas. Huge hit: But creator Julian Fellowes doesn't 'fully understand' how Downton Abbey became so big
Lord Fellowes, who is revealed as something of an unlikely soul music fan, choosing records by Macy Gray and Marvin Gaye among his desert island picks, struggles when he is asked to say what class he is.
He tells Young that ‘I think there was a sort of bottom end of the top in the old days’.
The actor-turned-writer says he is not an aristocrat, adding that he is the sort of person who ‘might be asked to dinner occasionally but has to swim through the power of their own arms and legs’.
He says his father, who worked in the Foreign Office, had known members of the Cold War Cambridge spy ring including Kim north face denali purple hoodiepurple Philby and Guy Burgess. He said his father found it difficult to dislike Burgess even after his treachery was unmasked and he had fled to the Soviet Union.The writer said: ‘Burgess could make him die laughing and it’s difficult to take against someone who has that effect on you.’