Downton Abbey chronicles the Upstairs/Downstairs life in an English country house. Unlike Gosford Park it is set in the Edwardian era, beginning in 1912. It explores the complicated politics that take place within the running of a country house of its time, barriers are crossed, there's inter-marriage (American money is married into English nobility) bonds are formed, within the fictional noble Crawley household. There's romances to root for, plots to intrigue and characters to despise!
Of course the last episode was this sunday, November 7th. But never fear, they'll be filming a second series next Spring. Which does mean that I will have to involve myself in a number of other costume dramas to entertain myself until next Autumn! The last episode did end on an important note, it will be interesting to see how the impact this event had on Edwardian society will be interpreted.
In the meantime I will entice you with some pictures of Julian Fellowe's glorious series. Photo credit here.
The Edwardian dresses are divine! The lace, the colours, draping, textures, details and collars! And oh my word, the hats!
I love the languorous atmosphere of these publicity shots, they don't feel staged.
Apparently this is ITV's most successful costume drama since Brideshead Revisited.
*may be an understatement...