Downton Abbey

Have you heard about Downton Abbey, the 7-part British television miniseries?  It aired on ITV in England back in the fall, and was just broadcast on PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre in January (where it was cut differently, and pieced together into 4 parts).

I haven’t loved a drama so much in a long time – TV or movie.  I couldn’t get enough of Downton Abbey.  The writing is so good – the characters have so much depth.  That’s thanks to Sir Julian Fellowes, who also wrote the fantastic film Gosford Park.

If you missed the show when it aired, don’t worry – the DVD is now available.  Look for it at the video store, or buy it online here.  Trust me – it’s well worth it.

And, if you can’t get enough of the show and want to know more, check out the mini-website that PBS put together for the show.  There are Q and A’s, cast chats, and more info about the real-life location where Downton Abbey was shot.

Finally, it has been confirmed that a second season is coming.  From Downton Abbey’s Wikipedia entry:

The second series will be composed of eight episodes. Filming begins in March 2011. The second series will air from Autumn 2011, and will be followed by a Christmas special later in the year.

Michelle Dockery, Dame Maggie Smith, Brendan Coyle, Rob James-Collier and Dan Stevens have all signed up for the second series.


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