I thought I'd started up a thread re Downton Abbey but I can't seem to find it, it came on to our screens in about November - I see under the Julian Fellowes thread there are some postings.
I thought it was fabulous, fantastic costumes and characters. Dame Maggie Smith is brilliant as the aristocratic dowager. The setting is superb and the series was so addictive ;D I understand there's going to be another series, great
Also over the Christmas holiday, we've seen a new 3 part series of Upstairs Downstairs! it starred the original 'Rose' character coming back after many years to a new household. Another good costume drama but I believe that was a one-off series.
I just loved Downton Abbey! There are only 3 discs...6 hrs. in all. If you missed Series One (the only one so far but as someone may have said they are going to begin filming Series Two in March. I'll be anxious to see where they take the characters...many stories are still up in the air (which is good. In a series I prefer that the same characters just keep getting more complicated rather than have everything concluded with them and new characters introduced.)
Both my husband Bruce and I have the same favorites from Series One. We love both "Bates" and "Anna".
Not only did Julian Fellowes write the series there is a good interview with him in the extras...also a wonderful behind the scenes look of the fabulous 'house'.
I just checked and you can buy the series for very little now. It is still on at the price we paid on Buy.Com ($21.99) Now, I see though that they have made the original British Version (uncut) in Region One (U.S. region) so I'm sorry that I don't have that version. (And its cheaper at $16.99-anyone wanting to buy it now probably won't find it for less than that.)
On Amazon.co.uk I see it is available in Region Two as well. I like the looks of the box in the U.K better! I forget the price for it there. This interesting set of comments from a Scot was at the bottom of the page. STV (Scottish Television) has not shown this, giving the excuse that "Costume dramas do not play well in Scotland." How then do they explain the thousands of Scottish satellite and cable viewers who tune into ITV London to enjoy Downton Abbey? I am sure that thousands more Amazon orders for this series will prove STV quite wrong. Those of us who are loving it on TV will order it and those who cannot receive ITV London will be buying the DVD of Downton Abbey on account of its glowing recommendations in every listings magazine and newspaper. (It would be interesting to know how many orders for the DVD there are from the STV area.)
Now, hurry along with series two, please.
P.S. Nancy, I have the same problem...when I type the title I want to type Downtown, too! They'll have problems all over with people not knowing its real name!
I enjoyed it very much and can't wait for the next series!!
I want to pronounce it Down-ton, and it always throws me for a loop when they say Down-town.
I love Anna and Bates, can't wait to see what may or may not develop between the oldest daughter and the heir -- forgot names and don't want to look them up -- and what will happen to that jerk of a footman who joined the army. And it looks like the middle daughter drew herself into a corner -- spitefulness is never attractive!
When my ex and I lived in Florida for almost a year, we watched most of the upstairs downstairs series on the local PBS, and it was entertaining and addictive. I just might have to rewatch it to prepare for the new series.
Post by SanAntonioRose on Mar 1, 2011 16:04:41 GMT
Brendan Coyle .... knew I remembered him in another tv show, googled and discovered he was in "Rockface" - a short-lived drama about a Scottish rescue team. As in MOTG, the beautiful landscape was the 'star'
Several motg actors show up in this series - rent it if only to 'armchair' travel! Linda
Here was an additional piece to the article that can been found with some scrolling down -- looks like the author of the piece might of taken a few shortcuts of his own -- in research and writing! ;D It's a bit of a relief to know it wasn't such a severe editing job.
In response to the above article:'You were wrong last Sunday to say Masterpiece on PBS is downsizing Downton Abbey by two hours because of the allegedly short attention span of Americans. As with virtually all our co-productions, Downton Abbey was edited for our commercial-free time slot. Approximately 35 minutes came out of more than seven hours and the cuts were made in the UK by the original producers. None of the characters, themes, or plotlines (including about the "entail" inheritance law) was eliminated. We have hundreds of talented colleagues in the UK whose work we showcase in the U.S. Any impression that we violate their work would be disrespectful and just plain wrong.'
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer, Masterpiece on PBS
So funny -- this is the second time for the Cranford/Candleford slip by Marie and the second similar response by Dave! Deja Vu
I enjoyed Cranford, but also really like Larkrise/Candleford -- I can relate to much of what arise in Larkrise/Candleford -- not necessarily the exact situations, of course, but human nature being what it is, there really isn't anything new under the sun, as they say.
Well I've seen the first epi and loved it ! What a great series Julian Fellowes has written.
I can't believe that there were so many servants in a castle in those days, they're all walking through eachother I love Brendan Coyle in it, he has been in many films and series, a good actor he is. Hugh Bonneville too, and I can remember I've seen the Douarriere also many times in a costume drama.
What a great series, I'm sorry that it stopped. I suppose the new series will be all about the years of WW I. Hugh Bonneville is a very good actor, how he plays the character of Lord Grantham, I love it ! And all the rest too of course, even the young chap who sets down the character of Thomas I'm looking forward to the dvd of it, with dutch subtitles. It isn't available till now. When will series two be on telly on ITV ? It's a pity that it isn't on BBC
I've just read this, about the second series coming this Autumn..
"The Writing Will Be Better. Julian Fellowes is a terrific writer and his historical knowledge and nuanced eye make Downton Abbey a brilliant evocation of an Edwardian life of privilege. And, as absolutely everything improves with practice and revision, the writing will be even better in the second series: The first time he wrote Gosford Park, it was Gosford Park, which was quite good. The second time he wrote Gosford Park, it was Downton Abbey, which was very good, and the third time he writes Gosford Park, it will be Downton Abbey: Series 2, which will surely be amazing. If they commission a few more series, Downton Abbey will eventually become the best written thing in the history of television.