Mary in Downton Abbey Season 4 on BBC Entertainment.

What you may not know about Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey has taken the world by storm with it’s charm and wit. With season four of the British period drama currently airing on BBC Entertainment, Sundays at 21:00 and available to watch any time, anywhere with DStv Now and DStv Catch Up on the DStv Explora, we’re sure you can see why it has such a strong following! From perfect one-liners to riveting storylines, what’s not to love?

We’ve decided to take a look at some fun facts around the show that makes it even more exciting! Take a look!

1. The role of Lady Grantham was originally offered to The X-Files and Hannibal star, Gillian Anderson.

2. Classic novel Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott has inspired the show a lot.

3. Remember the very first episode of season one? The furniture in the pilot episode was inspired by an actual painting!

4. The show has received an enormous number of award nominations! By 2014 the series had racked up an astounding total of 48 Emmy nominations! The most for any show made outside the US!

5. Sophie McShera (Daisy) and Lily James (Lady Rose) both star in Walt Disney’s remake of Cinderella - remember you can still win a Jenna Clifford pendant to celebrate the release of the movie!

6. James and McShera aren’t the only recent Disney favourites! Jim Carter, who plays Carson, voices the Executioner in Alice in Wonderland (2010) and expect to see Dan Stevens play the Beast in Beauty and the Beast in 2017.

7. Julian Fellowes, a writer for the series, had to drop a storyline from Downton Abbey due to it being very similar to another storyline in Mr. Selfridge that had already been shot. 

8. On average, one episode of Downton Abbey costs around US$1.6 million to make! 

9. Many lovely antiques on the show are actual antiques in real life.

10. Over 120 million people all over the world enjoy Downton Abbey just as much as well all do on DStv! It’s definitely one of the most popular period dramas of all-time!

Catch Downton Abbey on Sundays at 21:00 CAT on BBC Entertainment, available to watch any time, anywhere with DStv Now and DStv Catch Up on the DStv Explora.