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  • Downton Abbey film confirmed to shoot this summer with series cast returning

    07/13/2018 8:45:44 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 50 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 13, 2018 | Catherine Shoard
    A big-screen transfer for Downton Abbey has been rumoured for almost as long as the show has been on television. But on Friday the movie was confirmed, with creator Julian Fellowes scripting, The Book Thief’s Brian Percival to direct and Universal Studios to distribute. Production will start later this summer, with a release next year likely. Plot details remain under wraps, but it is expected the action will pick up directly from the last season’s finale, which was set in 1926. “When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans...
  • Farewell to “Downton Abbey”

    03/07/2016 9:15:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Ricochet ^ | March 5, 2016 | Jack Dunphy
    If you were to draw a Venn diagram of two sets, with one representing male police officers and the other representing fans of “Downton Abbey,” I suspect the overlap would be vanishingly small. Some might consider this unmanly, but I’m proud to admit my membership in that sliver of humanity, and I will be a bit downcast Sunday evening as the show fades to black for the last time. Equally downcast will be Mrs. Dunphy, who perhaps represents a more typical demographic among the millions of people who today wonder how they will spend their wintertime Sunday evenings from now...
  • I couldn't have made Downton on BBC ....the show doesn't fit in with metropolitan worldview

    01/04/2016 12:06:38 PM PST · by Phillyred · 27 replies
    Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has blasted the BBC, claiming it is ‘living in a Seventies bubble’ and that, despite its public subsidy, it shows no sympathy for people who do not share its metropolitan world view. The hit ITV series won this year’s festive ratings battle with 6.9 million fans tuning in to its Christmas Day finale, and today Lord Fellowes has used a fiercely critical interview in The Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine to say that he would not have wanted to work with the Corporation on the drama. ‘The great thing about making Downton Abbey with ITV...
  • And they all lived happily ever after – even Edith! Downton Abbey Saw enough Syrupy ....(Spoilers)

    12/26/2015 7:44:43 AM PST · by Cecily · 29 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | December 25, 2015 | Jim Shelley
    t was Downton Abbey’s Christmas special and its last ever episode – a potent combination we knew would guarantee a happy ending. In fact there were dozens of them with everyone living happily ever after, even Edith. Writer Julian Fellowes bowed out swathing every scene with even more cascading violins than usual and enough syrupy, soapy, sentimentality to make the most devoted fan gag.
  • Downton and out: 6th series will be last as cast gather to read through the new script

    03/26/2015 2:16:09 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 51 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3-26-15 | Katherine Rushton & Hannah Flint
    The doors to Downton Abbey are finally closing. Carnival Films and ITV have announced that there will be no return to the famous home of the Crawley family after the sixth season airs, as they want to end on a high. Downton Abbey has been a huge international success, selling to broadcasters around the world, but its ratings in Britain had started flagging. NBC Universal, which owns the production company behind the show, said in an internal note to staff that the long-running drama was ‘approaching its natural conclusion’. The internal note, seen by the Daily Mail, said: ‘Whilst we...
  • Maggie Smith to leave ‘Downton Abbey’ after Season 6

    03/02/2015 3:48:25 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 3-2-15 | David Hinckley
    "Downton Abbey" is losing its Dowager Countess. Maggie Smith, who plays the sharp-tongued Violet on the beloved PBS drama, told the Times of London Sunday that the upcoming sixth season will be her last. Perhaps more alarming to fans, if that’s possible, was Smith’s broad hint that this could also be the finale for the show itself. "They say this is the last one, and I can't see how it could go on," Smith told the Times. “I mean, I certainly can't keep going ... To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We're into the late 1920s."

    01/11/2015 2:33:55 PM PST · by NYer · 46 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 10, 2015 | KATE O'HARE
    I’ve been plowing through season five of “Downton Abbey,” the saga of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in early 20th-century Britain, which premieres on Sunday, Jan. 4, on PBS’ “Masterpiece Classic,” and a few thoughts have come to mind. They’re not particularly organized, but here goes (warning, if you want to remain utterly spoiler-free, you may want to stop now. I don’t tell, but I do hint).Creator and writer Julian Fellowes is a Catholic, and while not born to British aristocracy, he married into it (meeting his wife while having an affair with someone else’s), and has become...
  • Labor pains for ‘Downton Abbey’ in Season 5

    01/03/2015 11:42:06 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 2, 2015 | Robert Rorke
    Socialism has come to “Downton Abbey.”The year is 1924 and Ramsey McDonald has just been elected as prime minister. With the Labor Party’s antipathy toward the cosseted likes of the Crawley family, Sir Robert (Hugh Bonneville) is having the upper-crust equivalent of a meltdown in Sunday night’s fifth-season premiere of the Julian Fellowes drama.Wearing a zip-up sweatshirt and corduroys, a very jolly Bonneville sits down at the Lamb’s Club in midtown to discuss the momentous changes that await the Crawleys, as the world clock brings them closer to the Great Depression of 1929.
  • Men, Abortion, Sin, and Salvation

    05/01/2014 8:11:08 AM PDT · by rhema · 7 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | 5/1/14 | Michael Stokes Paulsen
    In a recent response to my essay, “Lady Edith and Abortion Rights,” my friend and colleague Marguerite Spencer has challenged both my literary character analysis of Lady Edith—from the television show Downton Abbey—and my staunchly pro-life stance against abortions committed for purely social reasons. I leave to fans of Downton the question of whether the Lady Edith character is a self-focused privileged brat or a compassionate tragic heroine (or perhaps some of both). Reasonable people certainly can differ on such matters! I also leave to readers’ judgment whether Spencer has fairly characterized my position. In this essay, I would like...
  • ‘Downton Abbey’ Democrats May Cost their Party the Senate

    03/24/2014 3:12:48 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 17 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 03.24.14 | Lloyd Green
    When it comes to green gentry liberalism, think of an Americanized version of the PBS hit—where everyone knows his or her place, and our betters look best. Last week was a good week for natural gas, but a bad one for green gentry liberalism. John Podesta, a veteran of the Clinton White House who is once again a presidential adviser, tried to explain some energy facts of life to the true-believing liberal base. Still, it’s unclear if Podesta’s intended audience was listening, and that willful blindness may cost the Democrats control of the Senate. Podesta warned that opposition to natural...
  • A Carter Could Turn Georgia Blue

    03/14/2014 6:28:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | March 14, 2014 | Patricia Murphy
    As Wendy Davis’s campaign for Texas governor flounders, Democrats in Washington have begun to cast their eyes elsewhere for a good news story in the solid-red South. They believe they may have found that in Georgia, where a combination of demographic trends and a slate full of famous political names is giving Democrats in the state an unfamiliar feeling: Hope. Topping the ticket (which Republicans have tagged as "Downton Abbey Democrats" for children seeking their ancestors' titles) is Jason Carter, the 38 year-old state senator and grandson of former president Jimmy Carter, who is challenging Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.
  • Downton Abbey’ recap: The season finale

    02/24/2014 9:50:46 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2-24-14 | Joe Heim
    Wait, did the season finale of “Downton” leave us with more questions than it answered? Here’s what we still don’t know: Did Bates kill Green? Will Mary choose Blake or Gillingham or Napier? (Okay, probably not Napier). Will Edith ever locate Michael Gregson? What dirt does Barrow have on Baxter? (And, related, why do the names of so many characters on “Downton” begin with B? Bates, Blake, Barrow, Baxter, Bunting, Branson, Braithwaite. I’m out of breath). I doubt the last question will be answered and it looks like we’ll have to wait for next season to find out about the...
  • George Will: Progressives take lessons from ‘Downton Abbey’

    02/13/2014 3:24:16 AM PST · by T-Bird45 · 5 replies
    WashPo ^ | 2/12/14 | George Will
    Many “Downton Abbey” watchers are nostalgia gluttons who grieved when Lord Grantham lost his fortune in Canadian railroad shares. There are, however, a discerning few whose admirable American sensibilities caused them to rejoice at Grantham’s loss: “Now perhaps this amiable but dilettantish toff will get off his duff and get a job.” This drama’s verisimilitude extends to emphasizing that his lordship had a fortune to squander only because he married an American heiress. By battening on what they disdained, this republic’s commercial culture, many British aristocrats could live beyond their inherited means — actual work being, of course, unthinkable.
  • Downton Abbey Season 4 Premieres Tomorrow Night (2 Hour Opener)

    01/04/2014 3:51:14 PM PST · by randita · 68 replies
    PBS ^ | 1/4/14 | PBS Staff
    Six months after Matthew's death, Mary is mired in grief, and the family and servants try to help her face a future without Matthew. Meanwhile, both Tom Branson and Carson face figures from their pasts, and Edith experiments with modernism. The much-loved cast of Downton Abbey Season 4 includes Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, Penelope Wilton, and a host of others, with guest stars Shirley MacLaine and Paul Giamatti. Written and created by Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey, Season 4 marks the return of one of television's most beloved and anticipated drama series...
  • U.S. Exclusive: "Downton Abbey" Season 4 Photos

    08/04/2013 3:57:39 PM PDT · by randita · 21 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 7/27/13 | BuzzFeed
    Our friends at PBS and Masterpiece have given BuzzFeed an exclusive look at five images from Season 4 of the British period drama, which returns to Masterpiece on January 5, 2014. Baby Sybil! Here's one. See the others at link. United in grief? Poor Mary and Branson both lost their significant others, Matthew and Sybil, during Season 3 of Downton Abbey. Now both single parents, they’ll have to raise their young children on their own. Oh, and with the help of a fleet of servants.
  • Advice on Brit detective series....

    04/26/2013 8:49:59 PM PDT · by Mountain Mary · 156 replies
    Okay, I'm normally a political and news poster..but am searching for some new BBC shows to addict myself to post Downton Abbey. Hoping Freepers can help. There was a thread about this a while back. After realizing that the Brits are light years better than us for turning out watchable, absorbing and well acted, directed and produced "who dunnits", and as I am on a political sabbatical for obvious reasons.. Here's my completed viewing list over the last three months: 1. Prime Suspect: Helen Mirren 2. Foley's War: all except the new ones that aren't out yet. 3. George Gently...Seasons...
  • Downton Abbey, could we have a thread where somebody would explain what is going on?

    02/17/2013 5:46:52 PM PST · by FoxPro · 50 replies
    I am a fan, but I cant catch all of it (kids and cooking and so forth). Is there a place where we could "catch up" with the goings on? Like who is messing who up? Historical references? Maybe on FR? Thanks in advance, Jeff.
  • Down On Downton: Why The Left Is Torching Downton Abbey

    02/15/2013 1:33:55 AM PST · by malkee · 64 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/14/13 | Jerry Bowyer
    So Downton Abbey‘s message is an anti-class warfare one. The fact is that the spirit of the critics is hard left, and maybe that’s why Downton Abbey makes them so angry, because the success of the series shows that this group does not speak for America. It also shows something equally important to the future of our culture: that there is no inherent need for good TV to be left of center. Stories sympathetic to virtue, preservation of property and admiration of nobility and of wealth can be told beautifully and to wide audiences, and I suspect they will be...
  • Pride and Prejudice retold from servants' viewpoint

    02/10/2013 6:02:29 AM PST · by Altariel · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | February 8, 2013 | BBC
    A new novel that retells the story of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of its servants has been sold around the world. Longbourn, by Jo Baker, was snapped up by US and UK publishers last week. "Jane Austen was my first experience of grown-up literature," said Baker. "But as I read and re-read her books, I began to become aware that if I'd been living at the time, I wouldn't have got to go to the ball; I would have been stuck at home with the sewing." The 39-year-old British author said she drew her...
  • How I Became A Downton Abbey Addict

    01/22/2012 2:47:29 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | January 22, 2012 | Lizz Winstead
    How I Became A Downton Abbey Addict Yes, I know it's just a glossy drama about the idle rich and their servants, but these idle rich are so classy compared with ours Lizz Winstead 22 January 2012 1 I was in a year and a half into a self-imposed sequestration trying to finally make a book deadline – and panicking because I was endlessly derailed by obsessively following the race to the bottom-feeders better known as the Republican nomination process. I should not have allowed another shiny object into my life. But what harm could streaming a little British show...