January 4, 2011

NICE JOB, KILWILLIE:

Downton Abbey Comes to Masterpiece: In the U.K.'s smash hit Downton Abbey, coming to PBS Sunday, the period drama is reinvented for a new generation. Jace Lacob talks to creator Julian Fellowes and the cast. (Jace Lacob, 1/04/11, Daily Beast)

Like classic 1970’s mainstay Upstairs, Downstairs—which ran from 1971-1975, and returns to American television in April, also on Masterpiece—Downton Abbey offers a lavish take on the period drama, depicting the lives of the wealthy Crawley family and their servants at an English stately home just prior to World War I. When the sinking of the Titanic takes the lives of the next two heirs to a vast estate, the Crawley family is left with a dilemma as the next in line to inherit is a distant cousin, a middle-class solicitor whom none of them know.

The result is akin to porn for costume drama fans, intoxicating and alluring as it shines a light on the final days of the rigid British class structure of the early 20th century.


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Posted by Orrin Judd at January 4, 2011 6:29 AM
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