Downton Abbey creator Lord Julian Fellowes speaks to Fresh Air’s Dave Davies about his personal realization concerning the upstairs-downstairs social dynamic portrayed in the show:
"I remember one time when I was quite young … I was staying in a house and I got lost and I went through the wrong door, and I was standing at the top of the staircase that led down into the kitchens and everything. And there was a tremendous row going on between what sounded like four or five, six people shouting. … And I suddenly had such a powerful sense of the lives that were being lived by the people who worked there. Not, you know, only the family who lived there, but people who worked there were also, you know, enjoying life or hating each other or loving each other or whatever."
Lord Fellowes in front of Highclere, where Downton is filmed