I haven't managed to watch this yet, wasn't too sure if it was my cup of tea but I have heard good things about it. But what is all this I read about soap operas? It surely can't be….can it? Soap operas in UK such as Coronation Street, Eastenders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks……all too dreary, depressing and thoroughly unentertaining drivel to me. Are you really saying that Downton Abbey is just classier version of these? Period or costume drama more like.I find it amusing that it is set in Yorkshire but the grand country home of Highclere Castle, is located in Hampshire (the same county as the New Forest) and roughly 200+ miles apart.