Jan. 23rd, 2011

TV Rec

Jan. 23rd, 2011 05:51 pm
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I've been meaning to post about this but kept forgetting -- I've gotten totally hooked on this British series, Downton Abbey, which is airing here on Sunday nights as part of PBS's Masterpiece Theatre lineup. Tonight at 9:00 is the third installment of four (for any of you who aren't spending time with the Packers, Colts, Steelers or Jets tonight).

This show is like Brideshead Revisited meets Upstairs Downstairs meets...One Life To Live. It's one of those gorgeous period drama that only the British can pull off properly, and yet it's also kind of deliciously trashy. You've got the big estate, the exquisite costumes, a meeting of the hounds, lords and ladies, fancy dinner parties...PLUS pretty boys kissing, seductive Turkish noblemen, girls behaving badly, class conflicts and Maggie Smith chewing up the scenery in a never-ending succession of astounding hats. (Seriously, did women have stronger necks in the Edwardian era? How on earth did they ever support those hats?)

I haven't watched anything on Masterpiece in years...I think maybe not since Bleak House. I just happened to tune into this by accident two weeks ago and was instantly hooked. I'm almost sorry they're airing it as only four installments here because I'd love to drag this out longer. The good news is that it was apparently such a huge hit in the UK that there's already a second season in the works, the bad news is that I guess Season Two won't air here in the US until next January. But at least it's something to look forward to!

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