Saturday, 18 June 2011

In praise of Downton Abbey

I'm a sucker for costume dramas, I'll admit. When Downton Abbey started on free to air television in Perth three weeks ago I was glued to the screen and haven't been disappointed thus far. Episode 4 Series 1 shows this weekend and I am resisting the temptation to "read-ahead". I am rather miffed than this wasn't picked up by the ABC. Maybe they could not afford it.

It's an Upstairs Downstairs themed story set in a fictitious grand house during the Edwardian era and in the first episode we hear about the sinking of the Titanic (1912) and the heir to Downtown Abbey is one of the casualties.

For me Maggie Smith steals the show right from the first episode. She definitely has the best lines: "I dont like many of my friends" and "what is a weekend" and "I couldn't have electricity in the house, I wouldn't sleep a wink"

What are your favourite Downtown moments?


Wendy said...

I love it too!

JayGee said...

I'm tempted to rush out and buy the DVDs!