Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Downton Abbey is Back!

by Maggie Sefton


At last!  Downton Abbey Season 3 is here!  For those of us die hard Downtown Abbey fans who have been anxious to see what's happening in these fascinating characters' lives, the long wait was worth it.

There they were:  star-crossed lovers Mary and Matthew---would they be able to marry at last?  Beleaguered Bates, valet to the Earl, and sweet housemaid Anna---able to marry now that evil ex wife Vera is dead, only to see honest-to-a-fault Bates be thrown in prison for her murder!  And youngest rebellious daughter Sybil who defied convention, her father's orders and wonderful Dame Maggie Smith as Grandmama, the Dowager Countess of Grantham's shock to run off with Irish chauffeur Branson.  And quiet, easy to ignore middle daughter Edith, will she find happiness?  And what about that mysterious cousin Patrick, injured in the Titanic tragedy and suffering from amnesia, and now injured in World War I.   Is he actually the missing heir?

And what about scheming ladies maid to the countess, Ms. O'Brien and former footman, wounded soldier, Thomas returned to continue plotting against our favorites?  Adorable kitchen maid Daisy and  commanding head cook, Mrs. Patmore.  Stalwart butler Carson and head housekeeper Mrs. Hughes.  Downton Abbey couldn't run without them.

So, like so many other devoted Downton Abbey fans, I was ready and waiting to "turn the page" and see what the marvelous Masterpiece Classic writer, Julian Fellowes, had in store for these fascinating characters this season.  And Sunday night's first episode did not disappoint.  :)

Have you been following Downston Abbey?  If not, is there another Masterpiece Classic series you enjoyed?

9 comments:

  1. I am not a Downtown Abbey fan, though all the recent talk has piqued my curiosity. I think I'd prefer to start watching from the beginning, though. I did, however, catch the special on before last night's premier, "Secrets of Highclere Castle," and found it quite interesting.

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  2. I am a big fan of Call the Midwife. Not a fan of Downton Abbey. There have been many Masterpiece Classics which I could not miss. Downton Abbey is not one of them.

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  3. Heather---I agree, you should start watching from the beginning. It will be a much richer experience. You can easily find Season 1 & 2 on DVD, and your library probably has it. Enjoy!

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  4. That's the great thing about Masterpiece Theatre. There's so much variety. Thee are all sorts of Brit comedies, too. Something for everybody. Theres a new contemporaryn version of Sherlock Holmes---PBS style, not Hollywood---called Sherlock. Excellent acting, dynamic.

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  5. I loved Carson's face as Mary stepped down the stairs in her wedding gown. He looked every bit as proud as her father! :)

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  6. I have not yet watched the new episode but it is on my DVR. All this time I have been calling it DowntowN Abbey! I even looked at my DVD to see which of us had it wrong. It was me!

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  7. I love them all and now there are a couple of new ones- DCI Banks, Death In Paradise and the non-fiction The Abolitionists. My dvr is working hard.

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  8. Love love love Downton Abbey. I've watched all of Season Three via the links given on the Facebook page, but even though I know what is in store, I'm enjoying getting to watch (and DVR) it on TV.
    On Sunday afternoon, the library in Fayetteville, NC had a Tea in honor of the Season Premier. It was such fun as many of us wore hats and some even dressed as maids.

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  9. I got hooked on Downton Abbey via Netflix. Then I had to join Hulu to watch second season. I was still wondering if they would get married but they did.... woo hoo. I wish there were more scenes with Shirley McClain and Maggie Smith. Those two would kill each other if lock in the same room. LOL.

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