John Lunn on the music of Downton Abbey

As Classic FM continues to celebrate the return of Downton Abbey to our screens this month, Classic FM's Lucy Coward caught up with composer John Lunn to talk about writing music for the popular ITV series.

John Lunn has written the music for both series of Downton Abbey. His work for the first series earned him an RTS Award for Best TV Score in 2010. He has also composed scores for other TV period dramas such as Bleak House and Little Dorrit.

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In this interview John talks about the process of bringing music to Downton Abbey, the themes of the new series and the importance of music in a period drama.

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The new series of Downton Abbey starts Sunday 18 September on ITV1