Downton Charity Spoof With George Clooney, Jeremy Piven and Strip Poker
Each year ITV holds its annual Text Santa fundraiser to help raise money to benefit UK charities. And this year was no different.
The star studded show featured messages from Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais and Rebel Wilson, musical performances and taped appearances from Simon Cowell and Carey Mulligan. But the pièce de résistance may well have been George Clooney as the alternative Earl of Grantham in a Downton Abbey spoof. The It’s A Wonderful Life-esque short film looked at what would have happened at the estate if Robert Crawley had never been born. Ab Fab‘s Joanna Lumley and Mr Selfridge‘s Jeremy Piven turn up in the nine-minute fever dream that sees Hugh Bonneville get a glimpse at an Abbey gone wild — replete with a skiing Dowager Countess, a tattooed Molesely, a booze-swilling Mrs Patmore, an oversexed Isobel and a cameo by creator Julian Fellowes. Clooney plays it suave as he charms the ladies of the house.