** Fellowes decided on the name “Grantham” because he escaped prep school when he was younger, boarding a train with a friend. They were pulled off the train at the Grantham stop.
** Fellowes’ father is the original model for Lord Grantham.
** Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore) has been recognized at both Costco and CVS in Los Angeles.
** There is an historical advisor, Alastair Bruce, to help make sure that all the details of the series are correct.
** The fish served at meals at Downton is actually chicken made to look like fish because chicken keeps longer under the television lights.