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Yes, it's already over. That Season Two of Downton Abbey that seemed like it took forever to get here, is now done.
Am I normally a huge TV fan? No, unless it's PBS' Masterpiece Theater, Thursday night Mystery, or the first few minutes of a 'news tabloid' show (That's all I can take of Ann Curry) in the morning or a political debate.
But you know what really draws me in? Period Dramas! Cranford, North & South, Rebecca, Bleak House, Jeeves and Wooster (okay, that doesn't fit, but I do like it - a lot), Winds of War, Island at War, Foyle's War (are you seeing a theme here?), Gosford Park, etc.
I enjoy all of those. But suddenly there's one that snagged viewership like never before - and I'm no exception: Downton Abbey. It was written by Julian Fellowes (whom we fondly remembered as Kilwillie from Monarch of the Glen), who has managed to keep us all on the edge of our seats from one episode to the next (and one season to the next!)
The story started with the sinking of the Titanic. Now we're into the 1920s. Okay, so people are calling it a soap opera. BUT, (and you can see I'm getting very defensive here) there's no gratuitous sex and violence, the script is intelligent and extremely witty, the costuming is gorgeous, the historical accuracy is...um, accurate? and they speak with a great British accent (actually, several different accents, but most are from within Britain.) What more could you want? Oh. And it's easy to distinguish the good guys from the bad guys. And we know the bad guys are losers.
How on earth does Julian Fellowes come up with this stuff??? He's brilliant! And now we're waiting for Season Three. Keep up the good work, Kilwillie!
I'm asking for a show of hands here: Is anyone else out there a Downton Abbey fanatic?