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. I 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… 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!)
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 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…!
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! And once again I am convinced I need a completely new wardrobe. *sigh* Where to get the time for it all…?!
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! 🙂
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 😉 )!
So would I recommend the series? Of course!! I myself can’t wait to get to see season two!