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Emmys 2011: For 'Downton Abbey,' a David vs. Goliath win

Downton Abbey winners Michelle Dockery, Rebecca Eaton, Joanne Froggatt, Julian Fellowes and Elizabeth McGovern

It was, as creator Julian Fellowes put it, akin to the battle of David vs. Goliath. “Downton Abbey,” the British PBS miniseries about an aristocratic family and its household staff, on Sunday beat out favorite “Mildred Pierce” from powerhouse HBO, whose miniseries always seem to sweep the category.

“As you know, HBO has tremendous marketing and advertising muscle behind it,” said Rebecca Eaton, an executive producer for the PBS network. “When a program like ‘Downton Abbey’ wins, its because it stands on its merits.”

But, Eaton pointed out, the program has already received a number of accolades outside of the Emmy telecast.

“I have to say that its profile was very high when it aired last January,” said Eaton. “The reviews were spectacular. We just entered the Guinness Book of World Records for best reviewed program over ‘Mad Men.’”

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— Amy Kaufman

Photo: "Downton Abbey" winners, from left, Michelle Dockery, Rebecca Eaton, Joanne Froggatt, Julian Fellowes and Elizabeth McGovern. Credit: Matt Sayles/Associated Press.

 
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