Michelle Obama ‘begs’ for Downton Abbey ahead of release – Daily TV round-up

The First Lady of the United States reportedly begged ITV for DVDs of the third season of 'Downton Abbey' ahead of its release in the US.

Friends in high places: The Obamas are big fans of Downton Abbey

Both the President and his wife Michelle are huge fans of the show, and contacted the UK channel directly to get episodes in advance.

The third series of the show is not due to air in the states until January.

A source from ITV told The Sun that 'we'd heard the Obamas liked to watch it but we were very surprised when someone from the First Lady's office got in touch asking for the series'.

“They were very polite and we were more than happy to sort out some DVDs to send over,” the source added. “Obviously, we hope they keep the spoilers to themselves as our US fans may not know about... well, you know what!”

So avid are the Obamas, that they even invited show stars Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville to dinner at the White House during David Cameron's visit to the US in March this year.

The Obamas are also big fans of US series 'Homeland' it emerged, after lead actor Damien Lewis revealed that the President had asked him for a signed box set. [Daily Mail]

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