Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey

Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey

Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey — a sprawling, lavish Edwardian mansion nestled in the Yorkshire landscape — needs an heir. Dame Maggy Smith stars as Violet, the stubborn Dowager Countess of Grantham matriarch of Downton. Hugh Bonneville stars as her son, the stoic, unflapple Lord Crawley. Elizabeth McGovern is his far-sighted American wife, Cora. From Academy Award-winner Julian Fellowes. This is the original un-edited UK version of the program.An addictive blend of suds and social commentary, ITV’s Downton Abbey brings a microcosm of Edwardian society together under one roof. Lord Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville) and his family live a life of leisure, while a fleet of servants, including butler Carson (Jim Carter), attend to their every need, but two events conspire to shake things up: the sinking of the Titanic, which claims Crawley’s heirs, and the return of his valet, Bates (Brendan Coyle). Since Crawley and Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) have three daughters, his distant solicitor cousin, Matthe

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  1. 348 of 362 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Be Alert….varying editions.., January 24, 2011
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    Songbird “Chirp” (Michigan) –

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    There appears to be two (2) editions of Downton Abbey….in watching the past 3 episodes as presented on my PBS station, I have become increasingly aware that the editing was very “jumpy”….short short sequences to a meaningful story line…..then, I discovered that there is an edition, UK edition, that is full length….meaning there are 7 episodes in total….the edition being shown on my local PBS station, is all of 4 episodes….and the shifty scenes that I am observing on the Sunday night presentation have been edited for USA viewers.
    To me, this is ruinous to a finely produced English landscape, pre-world war I.

    Just be more alert to this. I am not aware of any information from my PBS station to this effect, that I am indeed viewing a condensed version of Downton Abbey….

    I have just purchased DVD, UK edition of Downton Abbey to view in my home….this should be a more in-depth story, without the shifting of scenes that add up to being difficult to the entire story line.

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  2. 479 of 498 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Enjoyable, if a tad flawed, Edwardian series, November 13, 2010
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    Julian Fellowes has mined his script for Gosford Park, and took a few cues from the beloved 1970s series Upstairs, Downstairs – Collector’s Edition Megaset (The Complete Series plus Thomas and Sarah), to create Downton Abbey, a stunning and colorful drama set around the aristocratic Crawley family and the staff which serves them. Set between 1912 and 1914, Downton Abbey chronicles the conflict of class, gender, and politics, and serves it up with a refreshing dollop of sizzle and scandal. Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, and Dame Maggie Smith (as Robert, Earl of Grantham, Cora, Countess of Grantham, and Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, respectively) are knock outs, but the rest of the cast are no slouches either, with the stunning Michelle Dockery at the forefront as Lady Mary Crawley, who is the selfish, proud, and vindictive eldest daughter you can’t help but like. The actors and the stunning interiors of Highclere Castle, home to the Earls of Carnarvon, give Downton Abbey a glossy, sophisticated sheen, even when the script’s twists and turns can be a bit of a let-down. Nevertheless, the drama is engrossing and invigorating, and a worthy addition to the collection of any period drama aficionado–and anyone who likes good drama, period!

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