Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Drama. Period.

All of Kyle Hilton's 'Downton Abbey' paper dolls can be viewed at Vulture

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?



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28 comments:

Denise said...

Glad you enjoy this show.

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

I've never watched that show, Judy, but you sure brought back fond memories of Winds of War! I wonder if that mini-series is out on dvd? I would love to watch it again!

I'm sorry you've been sick. Are you feeling better?

Walking on Sunshine... said...

YES! Love this show and all Masterpiece Theater shows as well. We missed all of season one and purchased it on DVD and have been enjoying it so much.

Amy Burzese said...

I am, I am! Love it. Can't wait until the next season.

Jenn said...

I've never watched it... but I LOVE the paper dolls, so I just had to comment :)

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I am a little late to the party, just figured out what it was the other day...we don't get it up here, In Canada, I think.

Anyways can't watch any episodes until I get the DVD from the Library.

Love period drama's, so much better then half the stuff that is our there now.

Following you on Linky, just getting the hang of that..

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Me, me, me!!! I love all period movies. =)

Ruth Kelly said...

Yes, I am a fan and in fact, I just watched the last show of Downton Abbey last night - I had recorded. I watch Masterpiece Theatre shows quite a lot. They are favorites of mine.

Marti said...

I haven't watched this show, but hopefully it will be on reruns so I can watch in then. Have a good day.

Judy S. said...

Yep, we watched and loved it, too. Now waiting for the fall series! Still haven't heard from Linky?

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Oh yes! Sister and I sat down and watched all of season one in a day! We just couldn't stop! This year, we were waiting for it to all come out. Thanks for the heads up! Now we can plan a movie day!

The costumes are great! And I love goings on and the pecking order of "downstairs".

Debra said...

I have a severe BBC problem. I grew up on period pieces and now it is pretty much all I like to watch...

Eva Ason said...

Oh I loved Downton Abbey too, was glued to the tv on Sunday nights :) There's something about these old story series, I love them.
Hope you're feeling better now. Have a lovely Day!
Big hugs
Eva

Maria Elena said...

You know, I have not watched this show, but I keep hearing about it and everybody says how good it is. I think I am going to have to buy the season DVD and catch up!
I love period drama's and North and South is one of my all time favorites! Thank you for visiting my blog today!

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

I do try to watch it, but something my husband like is on at the same time...so...I gotta share! Thank you for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment. Following you via Linky now!

debbie bailey said...

Oh yeah, big time! I race home from Sunday night church for my Downton Abbey fix. Love it and can't wait for the next series to begin.

Yenta Mary said...

I think I'm the only person in this hemisphere who hasn't seen the show! I only got t.v. this past fall, to watch baseball playoffs; so, having missed the first season I didn't watch the second. But I've been told enough times that I need to remedy this situation, so I'll just have to do so!

Tiffanee said...

My friend has been telling me how much she loves this series. Glad to hear more great things about it. Now I'm gonna have to find it!! Thanks!!

Under Her Wings said...

No, but I might get that way if I can get it on my computer. I loved the Cranford series and was so unhappy when it ended.

ropcorn said...

I LOVE Downton Abbey!!! Although I only recently watched the entire two seasons in a row, but I can't wait until it starts again!

Really cool paper dolls! Hehe. :p

Ginger Zuck said...

Sorry, I don't have a clue. Not a TV person at all. I agree about Ann Curry though. I can only take so much of all of them. My only TV recurring watch is 60 Minutes on Sunday nite, and that is because it's the ONLY thing on all night and that is not a given. Have a wonderful weekend.

Life Happens said...

I have heard of the show (from people's comments on FB), but I had no idea what it was about. I need to check it out (like I have any more time to squeeze in another TV series).

Lana Wallpe said...

What channel is it on? How did I miss this show that so many people are talking about. I hate missing the boat, unless we are talking the Titanic ....hee hee!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Ditto to everything you said! I have not yet watched Season 2. I was going to have to miss a couple of episodes, so I chose to wait for Netflix. Will be watching it soon.

jennyfreckles said...

Yes! Loved it.

EmptyNester said...

I've not watched it but I've seen they have it on Netflix. Maybe I'll give it a go. My MIL loved period pieces too and anything on PBS.

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Thanks for the info. I often wondered what it was about as I have heard many people talking about it.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Oh my gosh consider me a fan!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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