Monday, January 9, 2012

Downton Abbey

My Anglophilia is at it again. Last night was the premiere of the second season of my new favorite English period miniseries, Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey has all of the class conflict, marriage gossip and social maneuvering that you'd find in a Jane Austen novel, but in a changing world where people are beginning to use cars and telephones, and you might actually want to wear their clothes. The first season dealt briefly with the fight for women's suffrage in England. This season begins in the middle of World War I, and there's battle action swapped in for dinner parties this time around. If you liked the movie Gosford Park, then you'll have to try Downton Abbey (It's the same writer actually).

The cast is spectacular, and the costumes are drool-worthy. Downton Abbey won the Emmy for Best Miniseries back in September, as did Maggie Smith for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries. She has some of the best one-liners.

Check your local PBS station for the schedule; and UK readers, I know this has aired already, but please don't give away any spoilers. :)


lavenderpug said...

LOVE downton abbey! i am really amazed by the plots, character development, dialogue and oh yes the clothes! maggie smith is hands-down awesome.

Try Anything Once Terri said...

I am addicted! I think I'll be watching it over tonight. :)

lobster said...

Yay! Another Downton Abbey fan! LOOOOOVE the show. So much drama and visual delight!


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