31 January 2011

Downton Abbey

I'm always on the prowl for a good chic flick. I'm especially enamored with British novels turned into six-hour movies, though I would love a good Southern bell romance. Someone needs to get on that!

So when I saw someone blog about Downton Abbey on PBS I knew I needed to investigate. I would copy/paste the series description here for you, but that's no fun. Plus I included a link. So let me just lay it down for you:

Early 1900s - family of British aristocracy - throw in a twist ... American heiress wife - Maggie Smith is the grandmother who definitely says "put that in your pipe and smoke it" at the end of the season - begins with the sinking of the Titanic - please fast forward the INCREDIBLY uncomfortable reference to homosexuality in Edwardian royalty (Episode one, watch out for Thomas. The kiss is referenced in later episodes, but never visualized again.) - taking a blind eye to that awkwardness enjoy the almost Wives and Daughters-like drama - until the season ends with a WWI declaration, many loose ends, and the promise of a second season in the making.

I almost stopped watching after the gay earl incident. Masterpiece Theater tricked me before with The Buccaneers (So not worth the hours I put into it!). If that scene were removed, Downton Abbey would be all that you love and expect of a British romance aired on PBS. Thus the suggestion to have your remote handy... Watch Online! The four episodes, each about 90 minutes, expire on February 22.