Published Wednesday, 03 October 2012
Downton Abbey has been offering up wedding glamour in its third series. (© ITV)
Viewers of the latest episode of the hit period drama saw middle Crawley sister Lady Edith prepare to marry Sir Anthony Strallan. But alas, things were not destined to go to plan.
"At last, this is her moment of happiness," Hugh Bonneville, who plays the Earl of Grantham and father of the would-be bride, said.
"But it's all gone a bit pear-shaped."
Yes, poor Edith glides blissfully content down the aisle to her future husband - only to end up being jilted right at the altar, before the minister gets any further than: "Dearly beloved ..."
So any words of fatherly advice from the man who, as a wide-eyed Sir Anthony points out before beating a hasty retreat, never thought the marriage was a good idea in the first place?
"He's probably done the right thing, Edith. You'll find happiness elsewhere, I'm sure," Hugh Bonneville stage whispers, with a little chuckle.
Getting married is hard work - there's a lot to worry about.
Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith)
But it's a bitter blow for Edith, who has found it hard enough to be left on the shelf while her sisters enjoy love and happiness - Lady Mary with potential saviour of Downton's future Matthew Crawley and Lady Sybil, rather more controversially, with Irish chauffeur-turned-journalist Tom Branson.
While the latter couple eloped, Mary and Matthew provided Downton with the first lavish wedding of the third series in the opening episode - filmed at St Mary's in Bampton, Oxfordshire.
And it seems the cast were determined to do their best to provide a sense of realism.
"We had a kind of mini hen night and had a few glasses of champagne," Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, confessed.
While it's unlikely the mere servants would have joined Matthew for a stag do, Jim Carter (butler Carson) dropped some of his colleagues in it by revealing they were a tad "under the weather".
Rob James Collier, who plays devious valet Thomas, was quick to own up though.
"I found a nice bench at the back of the church, where I've been asleep for most of the afternoon!" he laughed.
So much for getting caught up in the romance ...