Downton Abbey new series

  • Engram

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    Sep 23, 2013 10:44 PM GMT
    So here in the UK the latest series of Downton Abbey has started. I don't want to spoil it for you Americans but really, I don't see why Carson the butler should attempt to make love to Lady Grantham after all these years of hiding his desires. And why does the straight guy Jimmy have a moving love scene in the stables with that bad gay footman guy - and in front of a horse - what's that all about? I can understand Maggie Smith mugging to camera - she's thinking "I can act this lot off the screen if I just raise my eyebrow darling now where's the money".

    Of course the bloody thing is actually quite absorbing - like being offered a full cream toffee-chocolate whipped ice cream, you want to say no but you can't.

    I presume Mr and Mrs middle America thinks that's exactly the way we still live in England all posh nobs and grovelling servants; and the East Coast gets the subtle jokes but thinks why doesn't Woody Allen do a spoof like "Love and Death"; and the West Coast thinks "we saw 'I Claudius' and from that made Dynasty, can't we do the same thing again and make a pile of money".

    When is PBS showing the new series? Listen to me - it is addictive - JUST SAY NO!
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    Sep 24, 2013 3:54 AM GMT
    Whoa, spoilers! icon_mad.gif I haven't seen the first ep from this season yet.

    I watched the previous seasons and enjoyed the show. It's slow moving but entertaining in a relaxing sort of way.

    Wait, Thomas and Jimmy are now shacking up? icon_eek.gif
  • run26

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    Sep 24, 2013 2:14 PM GMT
    i think its a great show

    and no - i do not think that's the way all you live in the UK
    (Engram: you ought to give us some credit :-)

    we have to wait till the beginning of 2014 for the show to air here (on pbs)
  • run26

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    Sep 24, 2013 2:16 PM GMT
    dc0776 saidWhoa, spoilers! icon_mad.gif I haven't seen the first ep from this season yet.

    Wait, Thomas and Jimmy are now shacking up? icon_eek.gif



    i think you meant to say that Thomas and Jimmy are now shagging
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    Jan 07, 2014 10:08 PM GMT

    It's here in America now, and Mrs Padmore has really toned up.

    http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/4223-putting-the-ab-in-downton-abbey

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    Jan 07, 2014 10:48 PM GMT
    As one who hates TV I was surprised at how much I liked Downton Abbey. I watched the first season on my tablet via the Google Play store. But then as I started watching the second season I reverted back to form and realized that it's nothing more than yet another soap opera, albeit a weekly one at prime time, but still a soap opera.

    So to address your concerns, it's a soap opera and they are constructed and contrived drama; they can do whatever they want with the characters.
  • run26

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    Jan 12, 2014 3:28 PM GMT
    yes, it is a soap opera. that said, i do find it entertaining. perhaps it is because the produce value of it is above average - and certainly miles above daytime / american soap operas

    and its sunday… get another to watch another episode :-)
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    May 06, 2014 10:01 AM GMT
    Just Fished watching season four on DVD, over a few; only way to watch such things. But I have been enjoying it down here in Oz, as well having and interest in the Edwardian Era; but as we have see, things start to Change in England after WW1. A lot of those old rich family go bust, and so many old family homes become abandoned and derelict.
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    May 06, 2014 7:19 PM GMT
    Decadence_of_Art saidJust Fished watching season four on DVD, over a few; only way to watch such things.

    Agreed. I watched season 1 after it had finished airing by buying it from the google play store and watched it on my tablet. Watched the whole thing in a few days.
  • metta

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    Sep 16, 2014 1:40 AM GMT
    Rob James-Collier says his gay Downton Abbey character will go 'right up to the abyss'

    Scheming under-butler Thomas Barrow embarks on a 'harrowing' storyline in show's fifth season


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    - See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/rob-james-collier-says-his-gay-downton-abbey-character-will-go-right-abyss150914