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'Downton Abbey' Series 4 NYC Screening & Cast Q&A Report: Plus, Watch for Yourselves!

Hi guys – miss me? I was out of the office on vacation, which was lovely, but wow, it’s nice to be back! Tweet me with anything good I’ve missed!

Last week, I was privileged enough to attend a Downton Abbey fan and social media screening with the cast and producers in New York. Talk about an amazing opportunity! Not only did we get to see the first hour of Downton Series 4, we also got to watch a question and answer session featuring creator Julian Fellowes, producer Gareth Naeme, and several members of the series’ cast, including Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Phyllis Logan, Allen Leech, Lesley Nichols, and Robert James-Collier . The conversation was wide-ranging and super interesting – the Downton crew talked about everything from the new season, to how the show’s success has impacted their lives offscreen, to what things they miss the most abou the series’ 1920s setting when they have to return to real life.

Here are some highlights from my perspective, the best photos my iPhone camera could manage to capture (of course this is when my real camera battery decided to conk out!), and a link to watch the full Q&A panel yourself. Enjoy!

Watch the Full Q&A Session From Masterpiece's 'Sherlock' Premiere Event in New York!

The recent Masterpiece Sherlock premiere event in New York was certainly one of the coolest events I’ve ever attended – and I think pretty much everyone in the crowd that night would probably agree with me. The event in and of itself was beyond fun, but the great fans and the palpable sense of excitement in the air just made it a hundred times better. So, while you’re waiting for Series 2 to continue tonight, why not pretend like you were there? (Speaking of tonight – “The Hounds of Baskerville” is my favorite episode this season, by the way. Not “best” – that’s “Reichenbach” – but the one I enjoy the most that doesn’t cause me extensive emotional devastation. More on that later!)

Over 10,000 people entered to be one of the lucky couple hundred that won a chance to attend this event. The Q&A panel following the episode screening was livestreamed all over the world, and the event was also recorded so that it could be made available online.

Click through for the full panel in all its glory – the 47 minute Q&A session with Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton, Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, producer Sue Vertue and star Benedict Cumberbatch. It would be impossible to really capture the energy and excitement that was virtually vibrating all through that room, but this does give you a pretty good idea. And of course, our lovely panel is charming and thoughtful and wonderful throughout.

Some great questions were asked, so if you’re a Sherlock fan and you’ve not seen this yet, do yourself a favor and block off some time to sit down and give it a go. It’s fascinating and funny and really awesome.

Masterpiece 'Sherlock' Series 2 NYC Screening & Q&A Report

This past Wednesday night in New York City, PBS and Masterpiece held a fabulous Sherlock Series 2 preview screening for several hundred lucky fans, with special guests Benedict Cumberbatch, Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue all on hand to participate in a Q&A session and discuss the new season.

Now, originally, I meant to tweet most of this during the event as it was happening, but unfortunately, my dodgy internet/cell phone reception totally defeated got the best of me. (And then my phone battery died entirely at the very end of the event. I really did try, you guys, I did!). So, you’ll have to settle for my best attempt to write up everything that happened after the fact.

So, if you’re curious about everything that was said during the Q&A, or wondering if Mr. Cumberbatch really is as lovely in real life as you’ve always imagined, click on through for a full report. And, yes, there are lots of photos – though you’ll probably be able to tell pretty quickly why I’m a writer and not a photographer. But I’ll also make sure you link you through to some people who’ve clearly got much nicer cameras than my point-and-shoot.