If you haven’t already, watch this!!

The cast of Downton Abbey, photo courtesy of PBS

Downton Abbey.  We’re into the second season on PBS’s Masterpiece series, which  aired in the UK last fall.  It’s a must see.  The characters are wonderful.  The acting is outstanding!  Hugh Bonneville is very Colin Firthish to me. Their voices are so similar. Elizabeth McGovern makes a perfect Lady Cora and comes across sometimes as slighty snooty and a bit air-headed. Other times, she’s a voice of reason.  Brendan Coyle is the REAL reason I started watching this tho.  I got hooked on him  in North and South…no, not that Civil War fiasco.  The one BBC made in 2005 featuring Richard Armitage as Thornton and Coyle as Timmons.  All in one movie.  *sigh*

But the REAL STAR of Downton Abbey is Maggie Smith.  I swear that woman is the funniest and best actress ever and she makes her comedic character look completely real!  Do not miss this series if for no other reason than to NOT miss Maggie!!

Can you tell I love period drama?!  However…BB hates it.  As soon as he hears the music, he sticks his head in a book and doesn’t come up for air until the credits roll.  For the life of him, he can’t figure out why anyone watches this stuff.  Especially the British productions.  And they’re the ones I wait for with Great Anticipation!!!  Go figure.

PS If you’re new to this, the first season is available on DVD everywhere…Wally World, Sam’s, Amazon.  OR you can watch it here! PBS has an excellent site and the Downton Abbey section is outstanding!

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6 Responses to If you haven’t already, watch this!!

  1. ChristyB :) says:

    I started the first episode of this a couple of weeks ago. I loved it until almost the end of the episode when there were two males in a relationship with each other. I immediately turned it off. 😦 Does that continue to be a part of the series?


  2. The Queen says:

    No, Christy! It does NOT! Thankfully! That whole scene appears to be in answer to pressure from like groups, although I don’t know that for sure. But the fact is, there was that scene and it was gone. Poof! The character in that scene who was part of the staff, is of questionable character throughout the series and we witness his downward spiral but his sexual preferences are not on parade or even referred to, I don’t think. I came close to doing the same thing at that point but it made me curious if they were going to make an issue of it. And they didn’t.

    They..so far…are doing an admirable job of presenting scenarios and then following up on the consequences, good and bad. Hang in there!


  3. RAFrenzy says:

    I watched my very first episode last night. Definitely like it so far.


  4. The Queen says:

    I knew you would! Everytime Maggie appears, take notes. She’s the Queen of Snark! But she does it in such a classy way!


  5. Gina says:

    Brendan Coyle is the star of the show, I love Mr.Bates, the whole cast is good and the story is addiictive but bates is such a sweetie.


  6. The Queen says:

    Such a good actor, isn’t he? Have you seen him in Larkrise? And I didn’t mention the costuming…amazing!!


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