Romance on screen is decidedly unfashionable. We’re pretty good at depicting sex and relationships, desire and rejection, but there is almost no role for non-sexualized love. This is consistent with us living in an age with a total absence of subtext, where almost anything can be said and there is little time to be anything other than direct. How satisfying it is then, in an era of extremely complex relationships, of texting and a wide exposure to sex in almost every part of life, to watch the slow burn and simple unravelling of a good old-fashioned romance.

Gareth Neame, Downton Abbey Executive Producer

Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey, 2013