Thursday, January 12, 2012

Dowton Abbey

The creator says Maggie Smith is a writer's dream. "She makes them better than when I wrote the lines," says Julian Fellowes.


The Brittish import came out in 2010, but its just now becoming an American sensation on PBS.

STORYLINE: Lord Crawley sees his family heritage, especially the grand country home Downton Abbey, as his mission in life. The death of his heir aboard the Titanic means distant cousin Matthew Crawley, a Manchester lawyer, suddenly is next in line and accepts moving onto the vast estate with his even more modernist, socially engaged mother, who clashes with his lordship's domineering, conservative ma the dowager. Marrying off the daughters is another concern. Meanwile the butler presides over a staff which serves the family but also lead most of their entire lives in the servants quarters, intriguing amongst themselves. Written by KGF Vissers 



Why do we love it? As if this sort of thing hasn't been done before. Especially, on PBS. Naturally, its cleverly written. And some very good acting. Especially, with the snooty upper class. Yet, the drama with the young and the old in the kitchen have us captivated, as well. How the servants can and sometimes not, take care of each other.



Also the back drop is lovely which is filmed at Highclere Castle, except for the servant's quarters which is filmed in a studio in London. This series has drawn such viewers. They can hardly wait for Season 3.



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