Yes, indeed. You all know my bout of Anglophilia is rampant and I enjoy the British telly. Downton Abbey is my newest obsession. PBS graciously showed it as part of their Masterpiece Classic series. While trimmed down a bit from the original airing over in the UK, it still is a fascinating and engaging look at the lives of the upper class and their servants. The official blurb:
The Downton Abbey estate stands a splendid example of confidence and mettle, its family enduring for generations and its staff a well-oiled machine of propriety. But change is afoot at Downton — change far surpassing the new electric lights and telephone. A crisis of inheritance threatens to displace the resident Crawley family, in spite of the best efforts of the noble and compassionate Earl, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville); his American heiress wife, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern); his comically implacable, opinionated mother, Violet (Maggie Smith); and his beautiful, eldest daughter, Mary, intent on charting her own course. Reluctantly, the family is forced to welcome its heir apparent, the self-made and proudly modern Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), himself none too happy about the new arrangements. As Matthew's bristly relationship with Mary begins to crackle with electricity, hope for the future of Downton's dynasty takes shape. But when petty jealousies and ambitions grow among the family and the staff, scheming and secrets — both delicious and dangerous — threaten to derail the scramble to preserve Downton Abbey. Created and written by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park),Downton Abbey offers a spot-on portrait of a vanishing way of life.
Some of my favorites in the cast are as follows:
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary.
Joanne Froggatt as Anna, the Head Housemaid.
I also really like Brendan Coyle as Mr. Bates & Jim Carter as Mr. Carson, the Butler. Yes, I realize I am only showing pictures of the ladies. I'm shallow.
I really enjoy the juxtaposition of storytelling between the classes. The stories involving the staff resonate a bit more but I still enjoy the stories with the family as well. Apparently, it did quite well in the UK for a period drama and a second season is going to start shooting soon. Meanwhile, go catch up online or get the DVDs. You may find yourself saying "Sir" and "Madam" more often. And there's nothing wrong with that.