If you have ever fallen even remotely in love with Pride and Prejudice, then have I got something for you! The BBC television series Downton Abbey exploded into my life last December 2011 with a disc my sister gave me, and despite having finished watching both seasons over a month ago, I have not yet been able to recover!
I continue to live on in a romantic English haze, acquiring a British accent whenever I feel particularly nostalgic for it and quoting lines at random to my husband. A friend to whom I loaned the precious disc started watching it and rapidly became addicted. She and I now exchange text messages about particularly poignant moments in the show that we simply can’t endure alone; the feelings of exasperation must be shared!
My husband was rather intolerant initially. He sat through half of the first episode before getting up to make a protein shake, and eventually wandered away. (I didn’t notice he was gone till the end; isn’t that terrible?) Then he went on Askmen.com one day and saw an article entitled, “What is Downton Abbey and why won’t your girlfriend stop talking about it?” Somehow, this gave the show more credibility all of a sudden. I noticed him starting to join me on the couch for evening viewings, and before long, he was hooked (though he might deny it).
This show is a period drama, starting prior to World War One and spanning the course of the war. It’s set at the real-life Highclere Castle in Hampton, England. The wealthy Grantham family has three daughters who are preoccupied with the usual concerns of the times – finding good husbands. Of course, you can imagine the complicated events that ensue from having such a goal! The storyline is far more complex than that, of course, as it also involves heirs, servants, an insane wife, revenge, elopements, and murder charges. I won’t go into any more details, but if you relish good romance that makes you ache to the core, you’re in for a treat!