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Lords and ladies of Sunday night

Downton Abbey has become a Sunday night ritual for many television viewers. The program gives a glimpse into England during the last century as well as offering a greater understanding of what class differences brought –living upstairs or serving downstairs. The program’s writing is snappy and its plot lines force us to align with favorite characters.

But only eight episodes this season? Really, Julian Fellowes? Americans are accustomed to 20 episodes for many of our favorite programs. Perhaps we must adopt British ways when it comes to consuming our favorite delights – as with tea, just a few sips at a time. 

(S-R archive photo: Downton Abbey)

Time for tea and Downton Abbey

The show returns tonight! The long wait is over to see how Lady Mary fares as a new mother – and widow. What will Edith do about that married man pursuing her? And the property, always threatened by circumstance, will it remain with the family?  Downstairs at Downton houses questionable characters as well as loyal servants who bring their own intrigue.

Smart writing on television is rare. Writer Julian Fellowes offers viewers insights into English history with complex characters and their relationships, fun fashion and hanging storylines. Tune in.

Ta-ta for now.

(S-R archive photo)

“M’lady” and other English treats

Everyone in my family, in my workspace and my friends are watching: Downton Abbey. I finally caved and watched season one AND season two in the last ten days. It is a nice break from my husband’s favorite channel, the History Channel (I call it the “war channel.”) And a nice break from the grey grey skies of the Pacific Northwest.

What is it about Masterpiece Theatre’s hit from across the pond?

Treat yourself, travel back in time to the early twentieth century and visit Downton.

(S-R archives photo:  Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess, left, and Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson from the TV series, “Downton Abbey.” )

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