For those of you who aren’t watching the Masterpiece Classic British drama series “Downton Abbey” you really should as it’s worth the entire buzz it’s getting. I just tuned in last week knowing this series had actually started back in January of 2011 as part of a Masterpiece Classic anthology.
In the beginning, I downloaded only the first two episodes as I was unable to sleep one night. To my surprise, after I took the time to watch them, I had no alternative but to download the rest of Seasons I, II and III! Talk about not being able to sleep! It got worse; the next nights that followed were spent on watching the rest of season II and season III. What an amazing series.
“Downton Abbey” was created by the English novelist Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece Classic anthology. It provides all the drama that’s needed in order to whisk you away back to the early 1900s. There are even several historical events that coincide along with the story of Downton.
The family’s first episode of drama begins during the time of the sinking of the RMS Titanic back in 1912. Shortly after that the outbreak of World War 1 begins and then their family is soon affected by the Spanish influenza pandemic.
The third season leaves you with a real cliffhanger that leaves you weeping in total distress. I was able to predict the ending, as I knew they were going to have to leave us with something to want to come back to in Season IV. But that didn’t help much because we don’t get to watch Season IV until the fall of 2014!
Yes, I agree. But I guess that’s what cliffhangers are for.
It’s no wonder Downton has become one of the most watched television shows in the world today.
A glimpse into “Downton Abbey”
The estate, with its magnificent view of both inside and out is actually the “Highclere Castle” in Hampshire, England. It really provides us with the eye candy that is needed in order to continually desire more.
The story line is that of “Lady Grantham” the Countess and her family, the “Crawley’s”, whom have three daughters:
Lady Mary - who must find a suitable husband for the family to be able to hold on to their fortune seems to keep missing her window of opportunity when it comes to the man that she loves.
Lady Edith - who seems to be unlucky in love and is desperate to find a mate no matter how old he is, is later left at the alter.
Lady Sybil - who’s the sweetest of all the daughters is left with no future for reasons I dare not give a way. Lets just say she reminded me of Billy Joel’s song, “Only the good die young”.
Mr. Crawley is a kind hearted man and is very protective over his family and his servants. In many cases he treats the servants almost like family members. He establishes a strong bond with his servants to the point where loyalty is highly valued among his staff.
In season III we learn that Mr. Crawley (Robert) had invested a great deal of his wealth into a company that failed and is left financially crippled to the point of bankruptcy.
Lucky for him his son-in-law to be comes through looking like his own knight and shinny armor as he rescues both his daughter’s heart and pocket book allowing “Downton Abbey” to continue their heirloom.
The servants that live in the Crawley’s castle have their own personal drama issues to deal with that include having to live up to the rules and expectations that come along with living at Downton. It sure is something to watch.
My favorite character, who I couldn’t get enough of, was “Violet”, the Countless of
It’s probably because she symbolized “ tradition” in her own lifetime and is portrayed as a matriarchal figure. The women added the “high” to class and symbolized everything they firmly believed in during her era of time and was fun to watch.
Here’s a few clips:
Let’s see here, we have weddings, births, deaths, legal battles, sexual harassment, romance, loyalty, big money that seems to follow them where ever they go. A full cast of actors who by the way just won a SAG Award for Best Ensemble in Drama Series, and writing cast. The only thing that is left to say is that Downton Abbey is one of the best television dramas of today that completely reeks of “Watch Me”! You won’t be disappointed.
If you’re a fan of Downton, who are your favorite characters and what do you like about the show?