Becoming rather British – Downton Abbey

After making my way through Doctor Who I decided to give another British series a try, Downton Abbey. I watched one episode last year after it became popular in the US as well but I didn’t have the patience then. Also, my ear wasn’t used to the British accent as it is now after seven seasons of Doctor Who and multiple viewings of Sherlock.

Now that the understanding problem was out of the way, I really enjoyed the show. The cast is brilliant, I especially love a lot of the employees but also the family is pretty incredible. I could go on and name all the pretty faces and great characters but I really love them all, even Thomas and O’Brien. They tend to plan intrigues like I change my socks but during season 3 I really started to enjoy them. Thomas is not all bad and you get a glimpse into how difficult it is for him to be gay in the beginnings of the 20th century while it was technically illegal to out yourself. Everyone at Downton knows about his sexual orientation but it wasn’t a real  problem as long as nobody asked and he didn’t have to tell. But he is lonely and I can hardly imagine how difficult it must have been to find companionship in those days.

The estate is just gorgeous. If I had the money, I’d love to live there.

As the UK is not the biggest country, the more shows you watch, the more people you see reappearing in different roles. One of those is Penelope Wilton who played Harriet Jones, Prime Minister on Doctor Who. Even after three seasons I still expect her to introduce herself as: “Harriet Jones, Prime Minister” like she did on DW all the time. For those who know DW will (probably) understand me.

 

 

 

 

Then there is the amazing Maggie Smith, forever ingrained as Professor McGonagall in my mind. She plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham (I had to look it up cause I usually get her title wrong) and is the sassiest of them all. God, she is fantastic in this role, I wish I could hang out with her and snark the hell out of the high society. Oh the fun we’d have together.

I wasn’t on board with all the plots, some made me cringe because I hate seeing things go off course but in general the writing is very pleasing. Some story lines made me cry, of course, this is a British drama after all, it can’t go down without tears and character death. Some hit me harder than others and I am looking forward to how this show will continue in the future.

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  • Never seen it. Living in the UK, I really should watch more British television. Might just give it a try!

    • Do that. The cast is great and big, just what I love.

  • AbsentElemental

    As much as I like British television, Downton Abbey just doesn’t seem like my cup of tea. I don’t get the American obsession with British nobles, and Downton Abbey comes across as a cross between watching tabloid pieces about the British Royal Family and the trainwreck known as Pride and Prejudice. Am I way off base with that assessment?

    • As someone who loves P&P I can’t agree with you on this one. I mean, it’s totally ok to have a different opinion, there are many shows I don’t get the appeal of but this one I really like. It’s not just about the nobles but a great deal of the show focuses on the staff, their problems both in service and personally. It’s one of my favourite parts about the show.

  • I have only watched it .. on and off …. not many episodes, but everyone I knows love it.
    And what I seen … it has been very good acting. I remember – Upstairs and Downstairs – Fantastic show … in the early 1970’s.
    I think UK does fantastic shows … and films, nothing of that faked glamour that US shows has. Always down to earth .. and not always that pretty. Don’t mean the soaps now.
    Maggie Smith is priceless … she are good in everything she does.
    Maybe I should start looking at the show ….

    • I’ve never watched much British TV before, only lately. I have to agree, British TV is really good. I just watched Broadchurch and that was great. I can’t wait for it to continue…and the Politician’s Husband too.

      I like that the actors are more ‘normal’ even though it sometimes feels like the UK only has like 5 actors so you see them pop up everywhere you look but that’s fine.

  • I like your animated pics.

    • Thanks, the formatting seems to be off on my PC but it looks fine when I open this post on my Mac so I hope it’s alright.

  • I love, love, love this show!! And the Dowager Princess will forever be my favourite. :)

    • Yes, she is fantastic. I love her to bits and pieces.

  • Love this show. I watched the whole 3rd season a few weeks after my dad died in 2 days. Stayed in bed all day. It probably wasn’t the best timing to watch it, I cried a lot. But it was still awesome. Maggie Smith is my favorite. I want to be just as snarky when I am that age.

    • An hour before you commented I was thinking about you because I hadn’t heard from you in a while and didn’t see an update on your blog, what a coincidence.

      Maggie Smith is the absolute Queen of this show, her sass is fantastic! I want to be as snarky as she is too!!

      • I’ve been out of it the past 2 weeks. Finally crashed after 3 months. Much better now. I have slowly been updating both my blogs. You are so good at keeping yours current and full of tons of information. My list gets bigger and bigger of books and TV shows I need to watch just because of your reviews. (:

        • Glad to read you’re doing better! Argh, my blog has not been as active as I wish it would be in the last couple of weeks because of thesis writing (see today’s post) and the fact that nothing is happening in my life right now.

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