Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Downton Abbey Time

by Maggie Sefton


I'm going to be in mourning pretty soon.  No one has died, but I'll be mourning anyway.  Why?  Because my very favorite TV series will be coming to an end in another week.  Yes, I'm talking about "Downton Abbey," that marvelous story that has enthralled millions of people on the PBS network for these past five to six years.

Who would have thought a story set very early in the last century would  captivate so large an audience?  I think it's a testament to excellent writing and brilliant casting that together combined to create a very special television entertainment experience.

As a novelist I have always believed that good storytelling is all about characters.  Characters carry the story, and it's what we readers carry away with us.  And it's what makes us keep reading. . .or watching.  I have some favorite scenes with particular Downton Abbey characters.  Some of them involve those early years when Matthew was introduced as the new heir to Downton Abbey and he and oldest daughter Mary slowly began their relationship.  And I've particularly enjoyed watching daughter Edith develop into a fascinating modern woman in that post World War I period of immense cultural change.

Tom Branson is also a favorite of mine and it's been fun to watch his character develop into a central figure in the family.  And there are so many other characters that have moved in and out of the Downton Abbey story lines.  And how can we forget Dame Maggie Smith and her Dowager Countess Violet Grantham?   I particularly love her scenes with Matthew's mother Isobel Crawley.  Sharp repartee at its finest.  :)

Have you been watching Downton Abbey, and if so, which characters and or scenes are your favorites?