Runaway hit period drama series, Downton Abbey, shot much of its Christmas Day special show at Inveraray Castle.
John Patrick of Argyll Adventure is also making an appearance and one of his horses, the beautiful Lewis is, he says, starring.
To whet the appetite of the hordes of Downton fans, here are some stills of the action scheduled for Tuesday. These will also let you see the cut of John Patrick’s jib in the show.
The top shot is of Lewis and John, after make up and before shooting.
This shows some of the stars of the show shooting a scene.
Here is John Patrick again, this time with a Highland called Alice of Caimbe – from the Newtonmore riding centre.
And this is a shot of the stag on a shoot supplied by the Argyll Estates, The stag was shot the day before the shoot, so to speak.
The shooting of the episode was described as being ‘… very chilled shoot - long day – everyone was very nice. No tantrums and we were fed well.’
Lewis was a star and should feature for more than a few seconds. John was fattened up and spent over an hour in makeup to produce the character seen above. He says it was great fun having make up artists chasing you around the set, checking you look just right.
As a perfectionist himself, he was impressed with the considerable attention to detail, with several period experts on site at all times.
And on Christmas Day – Tuesday – you can check it all out – as can John, who – ssshhhhh – is new to the show.