Dowton's first season was a bit more down-to-earth. This season felt stretched a bit…thin. Have any of you ever seen “Gosford Park”? It's written by the same writer as Downton, with some of the same locations, set in the same period, but with a better director (Robert Altman…basically one of the best ever. ;)) Also, has anyone ever seen "Manor House"? It's a reality show from the early 00's where a family and other volunteers go to re-enact an Edwardian manor house. It gets very interesting, has historical explanations for all of their situations and is narrated by none other than Derek Jacobi. It's wonderful.