Elizabeth McGovern unhappy with Downton's second series

Elizabeth McGovern

Elizabeth McGovern

Elizabeth McGovern wasn't impressed by the second season of 'Downton Abbey' saying it is not to her taste.

Elizabeth McGovern wasn't impressed by the second season of 'Downton Abbey'.

The American actress - who plays Countess Cora Crawley in the ITV1 drama - blames the focus on World War Two for taking attention off the show's characters which meant season two suffered as a result.

She told the Los Angeles Times newspaper: "There is a slightly different tone to the second season, partly because the show had to deal with this huge elephant which is the First World War, and in some ways 'Downton Abbey' wasn't set up for that.

"What's made the show successful and different is that attention to character detail and that's what the audience likes. Writers [in the second season] had to do a lot of glossing over the domestic life, and some of the small moments between characters that were such a huge part of the first season.

"It's kind of a taste thing, and the show in the first season was more to my taste than the show in the second season."

Elizabeth also insisted Dame Maggie Smith isn't leaving the show and promised fireworks between her character the Dowager Countess and Shirley MacLaine as Cora's mother.

She added: "You're going to see a lot of her in the third season, a real collision of worlds between Maggie and Shirley MacLaine."


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