Monday, January 23, 2012

“Masterpiece Theatre’s ‘Downton Abbey’”

         Last night, I waited in eager anticipation for the latest episode of “Downton Abbey.” Years ago, Sunday nights meant slipping into another world or time period in a wonderful escape into a favorite piece of literature. Somehow, I drifted away from Masterpiece Theatre for a few years. I don’t know what I spent my Sundays watching during those missing years, but I do know I’m back for the duration of this series. I love all of the characters and subplots equally.

I find pleasure in the sensual blending of light, scene, and costume with the portrayal of distinct and credible characters.

Of course, I'm a sucker for the romances which abound in this series. Will Matthew and Mary end up together? What about Sybil and her chauffer? Will they drive off into the sunset? Will William's heart be broken by little Daisy? Will Bates finally ditch his wife and find happiness with Anna? I guess I still believe in "happily ever after" as I watch the relationships of these couples every Sunday night with the hope that all will survive their soap operatic situations.


Copyright 2012 Elizabeth Abrams Chapman


  1. I do love this show, even if it is a thinly disguised, countrified version of "Upstairs, Downstairs." The characters are wonderfully fleshed out, tensions and rivalries abound, and of course the setting is spectacularly beautiful.

    I confess to being a little disappointed by the second season so far. Maybe it is just a case of "sophomore slump", but I think the writing is not quite up to the standard set last year. But even so, don't try and come between me and the remote control on a Sunday evening!

    1. Miranda,

      I'm eager to see what comes next. I think we've all been starved for something like "Upstair, Downstairs" for so long!