I'm not much of a T.V. person...well I LOVE Oprah's Super Soul Sundays and Dr. Oz.
Programs I think that add value to my life. But I kept hearing about 'Downton Abbey' from my friends and how SUPERB it was and the beautiful clothing, and the awesome castle that it is filmed in...and well...my curiosity was tweeked. I'm a big lover of period clothing and curious about the days of old...so when HBO had a 'watchathon' for a whole week free...I thought what the heck...I'm chained to my payout bookwork for the consignment gallery so why not.
Admission....new Downton Abbey groupie!
The storyline is SO compelling and the days of old were not without their dirty little secrets and stolen pleasures...but oh so much more politely!
I love the British accents and I adore...Maggie Smith the matriarch of the family and the BEST little rabble rouser of all time. She has got this DOWN!
I'd say if you have the chance to check this out...do. I've gobbled up Season 1 and 2 and am hoping that the current season...I think it's the current one..season 3 I can still get when the free Watchathon ends tomorrow.
We had plans to meet friends out last night...and honestly although I went...I sat there wondering just WHAT I was missing in the grand old mansion that night.
I'm telling you...it's addictive. I kept thinking about when we went to Ashville N.C. and took the backstage tour of the Vanderbilt mansion...I kept envisioning the staff in those back rooms waiting for the bell to ring to be summoned to the drawing room, or the bedrooms to help dress their masters of the house. Can you imagine that...someone to help you dress? Ringing a bell to pour you your tea? It's all there in Downton Abbey and it IS fascinating!
There are stories within the stories and back stories awash with sibling rivalry, servant oneupsmanship, betrayal, romance, cruelty, and cross caste treachery...this was all concocted by a guy? Sorry guys...but....
He must have had to base the storyline on lots of research and it MUST have been the way it really was in the 1900's. I just can't envision a GUY coming up with all of that detail if it didn't really happen that way and he didn't have detailed history to write those scenes with some of the REALLY juicy stuff.
Maybe I'm short changing the male writer...but the storyline is so intricate I just can't see it all coming together if it didn't really occur. But then..there was the guy who wrote the hit sitcom about the Housewifes on Wisteria Lane...sooooo...maybe these guys have WAY deeper imaginations than the sweet clueless male in abstract life doings that I'm married to.
He's a keeper for sure...but DEEP..he is not!
Anyhow...if you get a chance to take a peek at this show I really think you'll love it.
Tomorrow we will be going over to our friends house for a wonderful Easter brunch and I'll be wondering where my little bell is to ring for colored Easter Eggs.
Happy Easter my darling friends...stay AWAY from the peeps...far, far AWAY!