Downton Abbey producers fall out with Highclere owners

The producers of 'Downton Abbey' and the owners of the show's location Highclere Castle in Hampshire have fallen out

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Downton's Michelle Dockery

Downton's Michelle Dockery

'Downton Abbey' producers and the owners of Highclere Castle have fallen out in a row over visitors.

The TV series - starring Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery - has made the venue in Hampshire increasingly popular with tourists, but the numbers of people coming through has caused a problem for film crews.

A source said: "The public days got firmly in the way of filming and caused much upset. The irony is that the place has grown enormously popular because of 'Downton' and yet it's this very popularity that is causing the problem."

The show's creator Julian Fellowes is now keen to press to the owners that it is important they can shoot in privacy when they need to.

She added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Julian could press home the idea that they could shift the show to a new home at any time. I imagine they'll be rather more accommodating next year."

Part of the latest series has seen an economic problem hit the estate, meaning there is potential for them to move locations.

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