I love Downton Abbey. I love the history, the drama, the fashion, and the world of ladies and gentlemen. Two years ago my husband introduced me to this wonderful show as a Christmas gift. Within minutes of the intro music I was hooked. I couldn’t get enough of those big hats! By the way, I really think hats need to make a comeback in a big way.
So back to Downton. If you’ve never seen it, and if not WHY??! let me give you a brief rundown: A British aristocratic family and their servants live out their lives, drama, love, and dreams on a large country estate called Downton Abbey. It’s got three sisters at each other’s throats, evil manservants, a crazy redheaded cook, and an oh so handsome long distance cousin who is set to inherit the estate upon the earl’s death. In those days there was no such thing as an inheriting daughter, a problem that sets off plenty of fireworks.
Season One starts off with the sinking of the Titanic, Season Two rolls into the Great War (this is where my inspiration for my female ambulance driver book came from), and Season Three left us on the brink of the Roaring 20’s. Of course Season Three left us with many things, mainly heartbreak and outrage. I won’t give it away, but let’s just say that the world at large is still recovering.
One of things I love most about this show besides the clothes is how beautifully intricate and complicated the characters are. Just when you start thinking, man, I really don’t like this person, they turn and have a vulnerable moment that chips your heart open to them. Lady Mary is the perfect example. Total snob, but I love her.
I couldn’t complete this post without mentioning the Dowager Countess played to perfection by Dame Maggie Smith. This woman delivers the best one liners you’ve ever heard and all without cracking a smile.
Season Four is set to air in the UK next month, but stateside will have to wait five agonizing months before we can see it on PBS. Good thing I’ve got the previous seasons of dvds to keep me occupied until then.