Downton Abbey DVD Commentaries → S1E1 (Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame, and Brian Percival)
Julian: We’re headed off for funny territory.
Gareth: Probably the bare chest was a bit of a giveaway.
Brian: I always remember the time we rehearsed this scene…was two extremely heterosexual men sitting as far apart as possible on opposite sides of the room. And by the end of the session, they were kissing.
Julian: I want it on record that they requested the kiss.
Brian: They did, yes!
Julian: It wasn’t in the script because I just felt it was a little bit pushy to put one in the script. But no, they were up for it.
Brian: They were up for it, definitely.
Julian: Presumably, if any of them go into politics, this is the only bit of film that will be shown on British television.
Brian: I think it was Rob who actually said “Should we just get it over with?” and they settled down a lot better after that.