Another series I’ve been watching: Downton Abbey

Lately my family has been very much into series. We watch one series after another, not always waiting to finish one before starting on the next. One of these that we have been watching has been ITV’s new sereis Downton Abbey. Downton AbbeyI first became aware of the existance of this series when I was in England for the Jane Austen festival. Everywhere there were posters about it as it was just about to air on TV. It caught my attention because judging by the costumes the actors were wearing it looked like something I would enjoy. However I basically forgot about it once I got back home, only remembering it when my dear sister said she had seen one episode and thought I’d like it. But as it wasn’t very easy to get hold of here it once again slipped my mind.

Then not long ago a good friend contacted me and asked whether I had seen it, saying that he himelf thought it very good. Later the same day another friend contacted me too, asking whether I’d seen it! Somehow I got the feeling it was high time I did see it…ย  So I finally did.

Crowding together on the sofa the four of us spent four evenings watching this. I love to watch things with my family, and I am grateful that they all enjoy and are willing to watch series like this with me. But one downside is that the more people you are, the more difficult it is to organize things. There is always someone who is busy doing something, someone who got up really early in the morning and is consequently dreadfully tired and fighting to stay awake and so on. All this means that even if I would very much have liked to watch it all in one sitting, this wasn’t possible. (To be honest though, seeing as how this was about 7 hours long, I don’t think I would, even if I had watched it alone… But I wanted to!)
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Set in the beginning of the 2oth century this series focuses on the lives of the people at Downton Abbey. Downton Abbey is the name of an estate (a great big, impressive looking estate!) which is the home of the Earl of Grantham and his family. The sereis begins with news of the sinking of the Titanic, an event which comes to have much impact on this family and effect on the story.

A family and a place like this obviously has, and needs, a large staff. And as well as the story following the lives of the Lord and Ladies of the house, it also follows those of the servants.

I really like how you get to follow all the different characters. Their different views on things, their different struggles and challenges, their relationships to the others in the story.
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I am so glad that I finally got around to seeing this, because it was so good and I just loved it! It’s superbly done, the cast is good, it’s very visually attractive with the beautiful house, the costumes and everything, and the story is captivating. One thing I did find annoying however was the ending. There is not really anything wrong with it, but it isn’t entirely satisfactory. It’s very clever of the to do it like that however, since they are making a season two which will be aired this autumn. By not making the ending quite complete I suppose they ensure themselves that they have an audience for season two as well. Very annoying however when there is no chance of seeing how it will continue for months to come…!

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I know, I know, I keep saying this and I am afraid you might all be getting tired of hearing me say so, but I have to say it again; the costumes were lovely!!! A true treat for the eye!ย  And once again I am convinced I need a completely new wardrobe. *sigh* Where to get the time for it all…?!

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Something else I have to say, Dame Maggie Smith, who starred in this, was absolutely fantastic! I’ve long known that she is a great actress and I’ve seen many films with her in them where she has been very good. But here she was just plain fantastic! She stole the show! ๐Ÿ™‚

And now here are a whole bunch of more pictures (because I had trouble choosing which pictures to include in this post, and I don’t think it will harm anyone ๐Ÿ˜‰ )!

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Downton Abbey Lady Cora and Lady Edith

 

Downton Abbey Matthew Crawley

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Downton Abbey butler and housekeeper

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Downton Abbey Lady Mary and Matthew

So would I recommend the series? Of course!! I myself can’t wait to get to see season two!

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10 Responses to Another series I’ve been watching: Downton Abbey

  1. I think this serie has been on one of Danish channels, but didn’t get to see it, but it sure is very promissing from the pictures you have chosen.
    Have you on the other hand seen there is a wedding dress exhibition in Bath.
    My husband suggested for us to go to Bath from the Isle of Wight on our way back to London before we fly home so I googled visitBath and there it was. It lasts till next year.
    love Dorte

  2. You beat me to posting about this! lol ๐Ÿ˜€ It was such great fun… I’m re-watching it in the UK version, because I originally saw some of it in the US PBS cut version, and they mixed stuff around…

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  4. Karin says:

    Such a great series! Loved every minute of it. I keep wondering whether they filmed two endings: a ‘good’ or more definite one, in case there wouldn’t be a second season, and this one. Because in the final episode everything was possible. I am so glad we can return to Dowton Abbey this fall.

  5. Malene says:

    I watched the first episode last night and now I’m hooked! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. jennifer says:

    Hey, I thanks for this. I have been wondering about it. I guess I will have to check into seeing it. Sounds like a good one.

    Jennifer

  7. Aurora says:

    Dorte – I had not heard about that exhibition. That sounds very interesting! I shall have to make sure I see that when I go to Bath in September!
    I’m glad to hear that you’ll be going past Bath, it is such a lovely and special place! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes Justin, I beat you to it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Look forward to reading your post about it too (hint hint)! Thye cut parts out? Really? I don’t think they should be allowed to do things like that!

    Karin – I was wondering exactly the same thing! I mean, what if it hadn’t been a big hit? Would they just have left it like that then?!

    I’m glad your watching it Malene! What did you think of it?

    Well Jennifer, I would definitely recommend it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Kristi Ware says:

    I watched the whole ‘American version’ of it and now I’m going back through to watch the UK version because it makes SO much more sense. I love Dame Maggie Smith, and Mr. Bates!

    And I even manged to get my father to watch it and now he’s hooked too ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Can’t wait for season 2!

  9. Aurora says:

    I really want to go back and watch the whole thing once again!
    Yay for getting your father to watch it too! For some reason guys often seem to think that they can’t enjoy these kinds of films, but once they actually see them they very often do! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Can’t wait either!

  10. Kristi Ware says:

    I seriously need to watch it all again at once, I think it’ll flow better then (especially if I watch the non-cut UK version)

    Lol, My Dad’s usually pretty cool about these sorts of things, it was just getting him to sit down and actually start it that was the hardest part ๐Ÿ˜›

    I’ve heard a rumor (don’t ask me where I can never remember these things) that they are doing Christmas special!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    btw you have a very nice blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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