'Downton Abbey'...Why Americans Love This British Import

The cast and characters of Downton Abbey.  Highclere Castle of Hampshire pictured in the background is used to depict the fictional estate of Downton.
The cast and characters of Downton Abbey. Highclere Castle of Hampshire pictured in the background is used to depict the fictional estate of Downton.


The award winning Downton Abbey was created by actor, director and screenwriter, Julian Fellowes, who won an Oscar for Best Screenplay for Gosford Park. The series takes place in post-Edwardian England during the reign of King George.

(Please note that spoilers follow.)

Lady Violet Crawley and Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith)
Lady Violet Crawley and Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith)


"But last night, he looked so well. Of course, it would happen to a foreigner. No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else's house."

--- Lady Violet

Lady Cora and Sir Robert Crawley, The Earl and Countess of Grantham.  (Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville)
Lady Cora and Sir Robert Crawley, The Earl and Countess of Grantham. (Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville)
Ladies Sybil, Mary and Edith Crawley (Jessica Findlay, Michelle Dockery, and Laura Carmichael)
Ladies Sybil, Mary and Edith Crawley (Jessica Findlay, Michelle Dockery, and Laura Carmichael)

If you’re a fan of this wonderful series, you are, no doubt, familiar with that sly zinger from the Dowager Countess of Grantham, Lady Violet Crawley -- superbly portrayed by Dame Maggie Smith. Violet is the matriarch of the aristocratic Crawley family. Her son, Sir Robert Crawley (the Earl of Grantham), his American wife, Cora, and their three adult daughters, Mary, Edith and Sybil all reside at the fictional country estate of Downton Abbey in Yorkshire.

The year is 1913 and the foreigner Violet referred to is the dashing young Turkish diplomat, Kemal Pamuk, who was visiting the Crawleys at the time. Pamuk apparently suffered from a serious heart condition and had the ill-timed fate to die in the arms of Lady Mary during a late-night tryst. After repeatedly fending off his advances Mary finally succumbed to the unyielding seduction of the handsome diplomat after he entered her bedroom, uninvited.

Distraught over Pamuk’s demise, Mary covertly seeks the aid of her trusted and kind-hearted maid, Anna. She, in turn, wisely involves her mother, Cora. The Countess is devastated that her daughter allowed herself to be deflowered in such a manner. Nevertheless, pragmatism soon takes hold. After all, the subsequent scandal would certainly ruin Mary’s marriage prospects if word of the event ever reached beyond the halls of Downton.

The rank of ‘downstairs’ unites with ‘upstairs’ as these three women -- dressed in their nightgowns -- carry Pamuk’s body on a bed sheet through the long hallways in the early morning shadows. He is discovered later that morning in his appointed guest bedroom, staring at the ceiling with the bedcovers tucked neatly beneath his chin. No one else appears to be the wiser…at least, for awhile.

After Pamuk’s death, Sir Robert advises the butler, Mr. Carson, of their responsibility to alleviate the shock of the event with the ladies: “We must have a care for feminine sensibilities. They are finer and more fragile than our own.”


Lady Mary and Mr. Pamuk - Season 1


The Crawleys have held title to Downton since 1772. Under British law, Robert’s daughters cannot inherit his title or estate. Next in line to inherit was a paternal cousin who died on the Titanic the year before. Thus, the title of heir will pass to a distant cousin, Mathew Crawley. Matthew is a middle class solicitor and specializes in industrial law. Mary’s disdain for his status is further rankled by the knowledge that she is prohibited from inheriting what eventually will become his home.

As with the aristocracy, the servants’ world is not without its own social hierarchy and pecking order. Everyone has their place -- and level -- from footman to valet; scullery maid to cook; and so forth. The bustling activities, daily camaraderie and rivalries are presided over by the housekeeper, Mrs. Hughes, and Mr. Carson.


Season 1 - Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) is introduced to life at Downton.


What is especially interesting about Downton are the sweeping changes brought about by the 20th century that test the limitations and boundaries of both worlds. (Although similar in plot to its predecessor and Edwardian cousin, the 1970’s hit, Upstairs, Downstairs, Upstairs is more bleak in the depiction of its characters and the impact of World War I, and the subsequent societal and technological changes.) For example:

“I couldn’t have electricity in the house. I wouldn’t sleep a wink. All those vapors seeping about. First electricity...now telephones. Sometimes I feel as if I were living in an H.G. Wells novel," remarks Lady Violet.

“What in God’s name is that?” asks Carson when first confronted with an electric toaster.

Once viewed, it is almost impossible not to develop a loyal crush on this series. We Yanks love it, but for reasons that encompass far more than a fascination with the class-based, social hierarchy of Edwardian Britain or foxhunt soap operas in opulent surroundings.

The magnificent confluence of artistry and talent involved in creating this series -- as well as its nearly flawless attention to detail -- are enthralling. So much so, that we forgive the occasional plot machinations that may appear contrived or predictable. This is a compassionate series with characters that are wonderfully human – above stairs and below. For example, Sir Robert's interest in the welfare of those who work for him is genuine, as are the many acts of kindness he and Lady Cora show to others.

Downtown Abbey is, first and foremost, about people and significant societal change. It portrays the parallels and kinship between two coexisting worlds. Both are filled with every-day hopes and dreams; both make sacrifices or choices that can lead to regret and unhappiness. The series is alternately heartbreaking, humorous and thought-provoking.


Mr. Carson, the butler; Mrs. Hughes, the housekeeper; and Mrs. Patmore, the cook. (Jim Carter; Phyllis Logan; Lesley Nicol)

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Tom Branson and Lady Sybil Crawley (Allen Leech and Jessica Findlay)
Tom Branson and Lady Sybil Crawley (Allen Leech and Jessica Findlay) | Source

During Season 2, WW I has come and gone after wreaking tragedy, havoc and change on the lives of many. Robert and Cora's youngest daughter, Lady Sybil, falls in love with the Crawleys’ chauffeur, the outspoken, fiery Irish socialist, Tom Branson. She leaves Downton and weds Tom in Ireland – much to the dismay of her father. Sir Robert is also about to discover he may not be able to sustain Downton, financially, for much longer. Lady Mary and Matthew finally decide to marry after years of denying their enduring love.

The premier episode of Season 3 begins with the plans for Matthew and Lady Mary’s impending wedding. Sybil arrives at Downton with Tom, thanks to the money provided them by the Dowager Countess. “Tom, you’re a member of the family now. You’ll find we Crawleys stick together,” says Violet.


Tom Branson and Lady Sybil


The Crawleys have a dinner party to celebrate the upcoming wedding. Among the guests are long-time friends, Larry Grey and his father, the Earl of Merton. Larry, a former suitor of Sybil's, is jealous of Branson and taints his drink with some form of drug. As a result, Tom behaves in a drunken and obnoxious manner at the Crawleys’ formal dinner table. When Larry’s involvement in the cruel prank is revealed, he complains that Tom is just "a grubby chauffeur.”

In unison, Sir Robert, Matthew and Lord Merton stand bolt upright from the table. Dressed in white dinner vests and black tails, they remain at attention like indignant yet endearing penguins, glaring at Larry with disdain over his callous behavior. Such antics were considered unconscionable and intolerable, regardless of Tom's former position. "Be silent this instant sir!" Lord Merton tells his son. He then apologizes to Tom for his son’s actions. Matthew immediately shows his support of Branson by asking him to be his best man.

Prior to this incident, Tom goes below stairs to have a friendly chat with the servants who are having dinner. When he appears at the doorway, Carson rises from the table with the other servants in accordance with established protocol. "Do you need something, Sir?" Carson asks, icily. Although Mrs. Hughes is sympathetic to Tom’s plight, Carson wholeheartedly disapproves of his marriage to Lady Sybil.

Beneath the surface frosting, Carson is a decent, caring man with fierce integrity and character. In truth, he is, in many ways, the quintessential parallel to Sir Robert.


Mr. Carson (Jim Carter)

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There is much to add about Downton Abbey... the other characters and their lives, as well as and the joys, heart-rending tragedies and betrayal portrayed in season 3. Rather than give away too much detail, I was hoping instead to intrigue a few readers who haven’t yet viewed the series.

Season 4 is scheduled to begin airing in the New Year on Sunday, January 5th. The year for Downton is 1920, which gives us some idea of the revolutionary changes about to take place. Carson once asked with trepidation where everything was headed in this new world. I, for one, am on pins and needles with anticipation.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well my friend, we don't have a television so I'm out of luck on this....but thanks for the review and I hope all is well in your world. Happy Holidays.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Dear Genna,

Awesome review as always. I have not seen "Downton Abbey" but I know it is one I would love indeed, especially after reading your wonderful review. I am not one to watch too much television; however, I may make time to watch this series.

Up and more and sharing

Hugs and blessings,

Faith Reaper


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Billybuc and Faith Reaper

I know what you mean. We don’t watch much television either. There’s too much junk on TV these days (mind mush), and we really don’t have the time. I prefer documentaries or old movies that had substance and style. Downton is the rare exception…it is refreshing and worth the look.

Hugs and blessing to you both, and best wishes for the holidays! :-)


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Genna,

I agree about the amount of rubbish on TV...but this last season my sister introduced me to Downton Abbey and I was instantly hooked. I caught up the previous seasons and eagerly await the January opening episode.

You have done a lovely job 'showing just enough leg' of this enthralling series for the reader who has not yet indulged.

Hope you are keeping warm and cozy this frosty evening. Hugs, Maria


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

I started watching this on channel 13 public television and I love the series, I love Maggie Smith as an actor too.. I loved her in the westerns and in the Agatha Christie movies.. Thank you for sharing this hub.. :).. they said Laura Linney had something to do with the series.. and she was another reason why I started watching, but i haven't seen her yet nor have I seen her in the credits..hmmm...


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Genna, this is such a remarkable write and review. I have not had the pleasure of watching Downton Abbey from the beginning. I have seen only a few episodes. If it ever starts over again I would like to watch the show from the beginning. My cable service does not pick it up because I have only basic channels. Thank you for providing some history and character revelations. I love this hub. Well done, Genna.


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diogenes 2 years ago from UK and Mexico

I skimmed through this excellent treatment of the series.

I cannot watch it. I loath with my very soul anything to do with the British uppah clawse and their sycophants. I realize I have fallen into the trap of "Hating something I have never seen and never seeing it because I hate it." A position that can have no defence.

It's all to do with how this benighted island and its residents treated me as a child: brutal dad; hated by all the rest of mum's family (the ones with the bucks) because they hated my father; my grandfather hiding my grammar school exam results because he didn't want to pay for my education and telling my mother (then living with him as a slave) that I "Would be fine in a state school - although the good doctor and all his kids went on to Uni.

I ended in a government scheme for poor kids! Then the Navy, both places where I have no chance of doing what I should have been doing: write. So I was 35 before I found out what I should have been doing.

Ah, me: sorry, a bit of a rant just to say why I don't watch what so many say is fine TV. But the Brits in general? Kiss my patootie!!! Give me the Gringos or the Mexicans any day!

Good article dear

Bob


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

I've seen commercials that have piqued my interest but not like this wonderful hub. Truly sounds like a series after my own heart. Though others might not admit it I am a die hard fan of several TV series and I know some conflict with Downton Abbey.

Had I read this hub earlier I could have asked for the DVDs for Christmas ;) I loved your explanations and just enough story line to drag me in Genna. As always an excellent read.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

I love Downton Abbey and have watched it from the beginning. I am always anticipating the next season and then it flies by so quickly. I, too, have written a hub on DA but it is about a year or so ago. Thanks for giving the date it will begin again - I hadn't heard that yet. I love the characters who I think are so relatable both upstairs and downstairs. I care about the characters and I think that is why I continue to watch this fancy soap opera. LOL Thanks for a recap!


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

Thank you so much for this hub. I have heard a great deal of hype from FB friends, but I have not had the op to watch. Having been provided some context, hopefully I will be able to start watching without feeling lost. Excellent hub. Voted Up/Shared.

Best,

Kim


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Genna this is an interesting review. I have not watched this but it appears to be one that i would like. I have always liked Maggie Smith. Thank's for listing the date. I will watch it. Hopefully i will like it.

Cheers...


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@marcojour

Hello Maria. :-) “'…showing just enough leg' of this enthralling series for the reader who has not yet indulged.” Lol. Well said, and thank you! Once one is “hooked,” there is no going back with Downton. It’s been super chilly here of late…I only hope that when winter finally arrives, the temps won’t drop even further. Stay warm, my friend. Hugs.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Franktanacio

Hello Frank…

I love Maggie Smith…there is no one else like her. Laura Linney is the host of this series and introduces each episode – at least, this is the case with the episodes we view on PBS. Isn’t Downton wonderful? Thanks for those comments.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Phyllis Doyle

Hi Phyllis. You would love this series…I just know it. I hope you have the opportunity to see it in its entirety. Thanks so much for those lovely comments. Have a great week. :-)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Diogenes

Hello Bob. I’m so sorry you had to experience that brutal treatment as a boy…there is no defense for it, whatsoever. None! Please, feel free to rant all you wish. :-)

Only recently, I read somewhere that Daniel Day Lewis refuses to watch Downton…”That sort of thing is why I left England,” he said, half laughing. He now resides in Ireland. In fairness, this series is not nearly as harsh as ‘Upstairs Downstairs.’ We had the upstairs – downstairs social structure in the states as well, years ago. For example, there are still estates in Newport, RI that provide tours that clearly demonstrate this lifestyle. One is “The Breakers,” a Vanderbilt mansion that is now owned the Preservation Society of Newport County.

Thank you for those comments, Bob. Good to see you, always, and I hope you have a great week!


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Tillsontitan

Hi Mary. You would enjoy this series. The only others I watch are Mad Men, The Newsroom , Breaking Bad before it ended, and Downton. I prefer old movies with substance, which is one of the reasons I love your installment hub series. So wonderfully done, Mary! Thanks for that very special comment, my friend, and for the votes. :-)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Suzettenaples

Hi Suzette. I will be sure to read your DA hub! It’s easy to become engaged with the characters…violet is a favorite of mine. Unfortunately, Matthew had to make an exit since the actor playing that role wanted to leave the series to pursue other acting opportunities. I appreciate your thoughtful comments…thank you! :-)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Ocfireflies

Hi Kim. You are welcome! I hope you have the opportunity to view DA…you’re in for an enjoyable ride. Thanks for those kind words, votes and share. Cheers. :-)

@AlwaysExploring

Hello Ruby. :-) I think you will like DA. Maggie Smith’s superb acting ability is perfectly suited for this role, and for Fellows’ “zingers” as well. No one can deliver them like Maggie. Violet is my favorite character. Hugs and have a great week.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

This is on at our house. I have to say there have been some twists and turns that did not seem plausible to me. But it is very visual and well written. I note from the vote tally that it is very popular with writers with honed imaginations.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Dear Genna - we've discussed that Downton is one of each of our favorite series anywhere. It just IS. Your review of it is excellent! If I hadn’t already adopted it, I’d be prompted to by your review.

Downton realistically depicts people, - mean-spirited at times, good spirited a lot of the time, with all the human emotions, frustrations, interactions and clashes - and quandaries, which just happen to be set in a particular story taking place in a lush mansion and grounds in a time of history, populated with various strata of people, and all of it well researched to reflect historical details, facts and mores.

Though it’s fictional, history itself is full of the same human traits, influences and effects, set in various times and places. This story brings it to life with well-written and well acted expertise.

As several have mentioned about general responses to TV, I’ve also wearied of much programming and many series and movies shown on TV. I love good drama so I resort to favorite movies & series on DVD.

Downton Abbey was recommended me when it began by dear Hubpage friend, Twilight Lawns. He has steered me toward many good British offerings, so I knew it had to be good. I’ve collated all 3 finished seasons on DVDs. By coincidence, had been watching when I clicked on your hub! I’m eager for the new Season 4 to become available in the states. Perhaps the key making it an outstanding series is its creator, Julian Fellowes. Special on the DVDs are behind-the-scenes extra features about the creation and making of it, introduces the staff, cast, and locales. These are a delight in themselves.

I feel badly for Diogenes’ horrible memories of experiences which poison things connected with the UK for him. It is certainly ok to rant when it rises up in you. Ridding oneself of bitterness is healthy and clears it out for peace of mind to move in.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

(Collected, not collated the 3 seasons of Downton.)


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

I have thoroughly enjoyed watching this show. Your review was excellent! I think you covered some of the interesting aspects of the characters very well. I also love history, which makes this series more interesting.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi Mike, Nellieanna and Pamela;

(Apologies for not responding sooner, but have been dashing about getting ready for next Wednesday. :-))

I wanted to write this comment to you all, as you brought up some excellent points that meld. Mike, you are quite right about a few of those twists and turns. But the confluence of artistry – along with the attention detail – pulls us along so well, we have a tendency to forgive those “huh?” moments.

As you know, Matthew will not be back. The outcry from viewers that resulted over his “fate” at the conclusion of season three prompted Fellowes to explain their decision to write him off, so to speak. Dan Stevens, the actor playing this role, decided not to renew his contract and instead pursue other acting opportunities. “We couldn't send him to the moon, and there was no way he would ever leave Mary,” explained Julian. Thus, they made the decision about the fatal accident. Fellowes added that a number of the plot manipulations are determined by the actors – not by the writers.

I look forward to season 4, and what happens next.

Thank you for those wonderful comments! My best wishes to you and your families for a very Merry Christmas! Hugs. :-)


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

You're forgiven, Genna! Many of us are caught up in those preparations for next Wednesday. Most of my closest relatives live in faraway northern states, which involves not only acquiring the presents and wrapping them, but boxing and mailing them, as well. Puff, puff. I'm not as agile at this as I once was, besides!

I'll never be able to think of "wrapping gifts" again, though, without visualizing Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake on SNL this last Saturday night costumed as gift wrappings (Fallon as a gift bag with tissue paper sticking out the top and Timberlake as a roll of gift wrapping paper) - then 'rapping songs about it. It was so ingenious.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I don't watch TV either but I use to love all English shows, even the very old ones. Very good review, makes me wish I could!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi Genna, I love Downton Abbey, in fact I am addicted! not sure how far you are behind over there, so no spoilers from me (shush)! lol! loved this, nell


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Nellieanna

Hello. I hope you had a lovely Christmas, Nell. I missed the SNL skit you mentioned, but will be sure to check it out On Demand. Thank you! Happy New Year, dear friend. :-)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@JackieLynnley

Hello Jackie. The Brits seem to be able to create these wonderful series so easily and effortlessly. A friend of mine once remarked, with humor, that “It’s probably due to the fact that they are all somehow descended from Shakespeare, Byron, Marlowe, and many, many others.” Thank you for your comments. :-)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Nell Rose

Hi Nell…I hope your Christmas was enjoyable. It’s hard not to become addicted to this series for so many reasons. We are waiting for Season 4 to commence next Sunday, Jan 5th. Meanwhile, “Mum’s the word.” Thank you for the visit. :-)

My best wishes for a Happy New Year to everyone!


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diogenes 2 years ago from UK and Mexico

The latest edition was criticized as highly boring here (UK)

bob


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi Bob.

I’ve heard that the final episode to Season 4 met with mixed reviews in the UK; many of them included the very same word you used to describe the finale: “Boring.” Many viewers were shocked and complained about the ending of Season 3 in that it was met with Matthew’s demise. They protested this as being “too much to handle,” which is the anti-thesis of boring. In the meantime, DA is up for a Golden Globe Award for Season3; yet it is competing with the final season of ‘Breaking Bad.’ It will be interesting to watch everything unfold. Good to see you, Bob, and thanks for that interesting comment. :-)


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I have heard so much about this series but have never watched it. Thank you for the interesting and enjoyable description. I must watch the show when I can!


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello Alicia. Thank you for the visit. If you have the opportunity, I heartily recommend DA. I hope you are enjoying your week. :-)


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

I though I'd already commented on this one but I can't see it here. Brilliant review, I've seen every episode, and was quite sad when they ended the series, although they continued to do the odd Christmas specials. But apparently, there will be a new series out over here in September, so that's my viewing sorted for the Autumn. :)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi Jo. Thanks for that nice comment. Superior television seems to be at a premium these days...how fortunate we are to have series such as Downton to both enlighten and entertain us. I've said this before, but the Brits so this soooo well. :-) Good to see you as always. :-)


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Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

I love Downton for its high production values and fantastic costumes and set designs. And the story. Every moment is perfect in this wonderful import and I so look forward to seeing the next installment.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you, Dolores. I enjoy DA for all the reasons you have mentioned. As I've said too many times, the Brits do this so well! :-)


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Billrrrr 13 months ago from Cape Cod

Reading this in late 2015 is like going to a favorite. but distant, Aunt's house every year or so in my long past childhood. I never got enough of seeing her and as soon as we left, I always asked my Mom, 'When can we come back?" I was enthralled by Downton. Putting this in perspective: I truly do not watch much television, have never viewed Upstairs Downstairs and I am not a financial supporter of PBS or my local station. BUT I LOVE Downton. The acting is brilliant as are the sets. The writing is superb. Time has made it impossible for me to visit my Aunt of long ago, but thanks to my DVD player, I can and will visit my favorite 'royals'. Voted 10 of 10 Genna!


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Genna East 13 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi Bill. Thank you for that very thoughtful comment. I love this series...but many of us Yanks do. I am sorry to see the series come to a close in the coming months, and am on pins and needles to see how this brilliant program will end with our beloved characters and the world of Downton. :-)


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PegCole17 12 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Thanks for this fantastic introduction into the popular series. I never watched it, but now I have a great idea of what I will put on my Christmas wish list. Love Maggie Smith in anything she does.


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Genna East 12 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you, Peg. This is a terrific series. And Maggie Smith is wonderful -- isn't she? You will love her in Downton, in her role as Lady Violet. I guarantee it. :-)

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