Would the Countess of Grantham REALLY approve Downton Abbey matriarch”s pithy one-liners are emblazoned on cushions and mugs – to be sold to the hoi-polloi
Downton Abbey is loved by millions of television viewers for its elegant costumes and upstairs downstairs plots of love and intrigue.
But now the pithy one-liners from characters like the Dowager Countess of Grantham are expected to make a fortune for the show.
The dialogue from the award-winning ITV drama, which returns with a special on Christmas Day, has been immortalised on cushions, calendars and mugs.
Fun cushions: The one-liners on sale from the award-winning Downton Abbey
Dame Maggie Smith”s putdowns as the Dowager Countess includes lines like “She is not entitled to opinions until she is married – then her husband will tell her what her opinions are.”
Or: “I hanker for a simpler world. Is that a crime” And: “Oh good, let”s talk about money.”
The cushions range in price from 12.50 to 18 while the mug at 9 has another of her famous lines: “What is a weekend”
Classic: The 9 mug with the sharp putdown by Dame Maggie Smith”s Dowager
Penny Tunnell, of official Downton retailer Past Times, told the Sunday Express: “People are quick to pick up on standout quotes and sayings from their favourite movies and TV shows and often like to adopt them into their lives.”
Photographs released for the festive show written by Julian Fellowes indicate that valet Bates (Brendan Coyle) will go on trial and Nigel Havers’ new character will be involved in a scandal.
Actor Dan Stevens has reportedly revealed that it will have a “happier” story line for his character Matthew Crawley.