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  • #15373

    Jamie
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    Is anyone else watching this?  What do you think of it?

  • #16756

    nakirchoff
    Participant

    There's alot of creative licensing going on but you gotta love the soap opera quality to it!!  (At least I do! )  :)

  • #16757

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Yeah, you hit the nail on the head there.  It's an absolute soap opera!  And I'm sort of embarrassed by how hooked I've been.  Heh.

  • #16758

    Zoie
    Participant

    Soap operas?! Do tell! ;D

  • #16759

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Oh yes, Zoie.  Soap operas.  :D  And right now PBS has season 2 streaming for free!  And season one is available for streaming on Netflix.  But I'm warning you, it's highly addictive!

  • #16760

    Diane
    Participant

    ARGH… PBS doesn't stream north of the 49th.

  • #16761

    Eldgeth
    Participant

    Totally addicted.  Can't wait to see what happens next.  I admit to being a little lost on how he was paralyzed one episode, and the next he's walking around like nothing ever happened.

  • #16762

    Anonymous

    Season 3 will add Shirley McLain as Lady Grantham's American mother….cool… Looks like maybe 5 seasons..  :) 

  • #16763

    nakirchoff
    Participant

    Shirley McLain! Ha! I can't wait!

  • #16764

    Blaze2242
    Participant

    I am so hooked on Downton. It's like classy soap operas! Plus Dame Maggie Smith is amazing. I really love how the focus is equally on the Crowly's and their staff.

  • #16765

    anonymous
    Participant

    I wish I could see it here.

  • #16766

    Chris
    Participant

    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.

  • #16767

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Oh god, I haven't thought of Coronation Street in years (my father of all people was addicted to it, haha).  And Downton Abby is significantly better than what little I've seen of Coronation Street.

  • #16768

    Chris
    Participant

    .....Downton Abby is significantly better than what little I've seen of Coronation Street.

    That's reassuring  :) I'm going to add it to my LoveFilm rental list and give it a go.

  • #16769

    drewster81
    Participant

    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.

  • #16770

    Diane
    Participant

    Ohhh Gosford Park was excellent!I think Maggie Smith was in that one too, yes? I finally managed to find Downton Abbey here in Canada... and I watched both seasons. It was pretty good. I would agree that the first season was more realistic.

  • #16771

    nakirchoff
    Participant

    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.

    I watched that PBS show.  My public library had that and all the other ones too...Victorian House, Regency House Party and the American ones (Colonial House and Frontier House). Is it wrong that I always got a certain amount of satisfaction watching people talking in the confessional camera about how physically difficult their simulated life was?  Who said history was ever easy? ;)

  • #16772

    drewster81
    Participant

    No, I completely agree with you.  Nothing wrong with watching people complain about it.  I believe one person left and/or another one was booted from the show because they were sleeping with each other downstairs, which was forbidden.I also loved how they waited until the very end to show everyone in their modern dress.  It took you back a little.  I'm glad they chose to do it at the end.

  • #16773

    anonymous
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    It is a really strange period in British history, but one that is replete with interesting events. There was massive social upheaval, the Empire had reached its height and would begin descent, there was legislative reform and all kinds of interesting events in Ireland. What Downton is pure Soap Opera. I like the costumes but the plots got silly, WW1 seemed to flash past and then suddenly it was heading for classic soap opera. I think actually Downton is more interesting in what it tells us about how modern Britain is still a little trapped by its past. Not in the good, learning history for fun/education way, but in a really can't quite face the present and hankering back for some mythic golden era. Downton sort of depicts the worst class obsessed servility of the English and the unpleasant narrow mindedness that is a sort of feature of our national character (hey when you are as cool as us, you have to have some flaws, right?!)Granted we aren't as bad with the Downton era as we are with the bloody WW2 obsession but that is a whole other post......

  • #16774

    anonymous
    Participant

    I'm afraid I notice little things, such as the fact that Lady Mary has brown eyes.  Both her parents have blue eyes.  Perhaps her mother had a weakness for Turks, too?

  • #16775

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Hahaha! Awesome catch!

  • #16776

    anonymous
    Participant

    I recommend Upstairs, Downstairs, if you liked Downton Abby.  The characters have more time to develop and it is a little less soap opery than Downton Abby.  I liked how they show the impact of WW I on both the upstairs class and downstairs staff.  I had never seen the show before Masterpiece Theater's update of last year.  I bought the box set and made my way through the 5 seasons during our not so nice winter of 2010 (we had two blizzards, a week apart in OK).Laura

  • #16777

    anonymous
    Participant

    Lady Edith has brown eyes, too.  Hmmmmmmmmm.  American women. . . .Lady Sybil has blue. 

  • #16778

    anonymous
    Participant

    Love Downton Abby for all its lush extravagance… but I did feel like the character, was it Patrick? the heir, who supposedly went down with the Titanic only to float back up with his face so disfigured you couldn't tell it was him…. he just disappeared! What happened to him? In soap opera tradition perhaps he will pop back up in the 3rd season when the other characters least want him to.

  • #16779

    anonymous
    Participant

    Finished the DVDs of Downton Abbey, which sparked me to watch Upstairs, Downstairs.  My mother had watched U/D when it came out, but I was a bit young for it at the time. I'll have to disagree that U/D isn't as soap operatic as DA!  I suppose when one is writing for a series, it's difficult to come up with plot lines for a dramatic series that couldn't be called soap opera. 

  • #16780

    Jacob_Stevens
    Participant

    I absolutely love Downton Abbey.  I think Julian Fellowes really captures this time period in England pre and post WWI very well. 

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