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Guide by kelseyjayne25 posted over a year ago
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Season 1
1.Intro
2.New Heir
3.Mary's Shame
4.The Fair
5.The Flower Show
6. Past and Future
7. The Miscarriage

Season 2
1. Prayers for Soldiers
2. Life During War
3. Recovery for Strangers, Secrets for Friends
4. Returning or Leaving
5. Wounds
6. Refugees
7. Standing on one's own
8. Two Weddings and a funeral
9. Guilty Parties

Season 3
1.Investments
2. Good Stubbornness
3. Touching Concerns (and a Breakup)
4. out of misfortune
5. Truth and Birth (1st tragedy)
6. Moving on
7. Relations
8. Fertility
9. Stalking (2nd tragedy)

Season 4
1. Importance of Life
2. Old loves
3. the rape (3rd tragedy)
4. Cooking in the kitchen/relationships cooking up
5. second chances
6. vanishing things, remarriage pondered
7. minds can be changed
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Opinion by DR76 posted over a year ago
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"DOWNTON ABBEY" – Series Three (2012) Retrospective

It took me a while to get around watching Series Three of "DOWNTON ABBEY". I had been inclined to watch it, while it aired on PBS last winter. But in the end, I decided to wait until the DVD release was offered through Netflix.

I suspect that some of my reluctance to watch the show's Series Three could be traced to my major disappointment over the lackluster Series Two. In fact, a part of me is amazed that the series' shoddy look at World War I could end up with an Emmy nomination for Best Drama. But I figured that series creator, Julian Fellowes, would make up for the Emmy-nominated disaster known as Series Two with an improved third season. In the end, Series Three proved to be an improvement. Somewhat.

What did I like about Series Three of "DOWNTON ABBEY"? It possessed three plot lines that I found a good deal to admire:

[i]1) The estate's financial crisis
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Opinion by DR76 posted over a year ago
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"THE WRONG CLASS"

After three seasons of viewing Britain's ITV series, "DOWNTON ABBEY", it occurred to me that there was something off about Julian Fellowes' portrayal of one of the major characters. That character is Matthew Crawley. And it is an error that I am surprised Fellowes had made.


"DOWNTON ABBEY" began with news of the sinking of the White Star liner, the R.M.S. Titanic in April 1912. This famous event also caused the deaths of James and Patrick Crawley, the heirs presumptive to the Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham. This disruption in the line for the Grantham earldom forced Lord Grantham to seek his next heir, due to the fact that the title and estates only pass to male Crawleys and not to any of his three daughters. Lord Grantham's new heir turns out to be his third cousin once removed, Matthew Crawley.

Introduced at the end of the series' first episode, Matthew is a solicitor from Manchester, who lives with his widowed mother, former nurse Mrs. Isobel Crawley. When he receives word that he is to be the Earl of Grantham's new heir, Matthew does not seem particular pleased. He is very reluctant...
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News by Monteverdi posted over a year ago
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Ahead of the Downton Abbey Christmas special on Christmas Day, Margherita Taylor will be in conversation with many of the show’s stars – including Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham), Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) and Penelope Wilton (Mrs Crawley).

Downton Abbey’s creator, Julian Fellowes and its soundtrack composer, John Lunn will also join Margherita as they celebrate the phenomenon that is Downton Abbey.

We’ll be hearing plenty of music from the show, alongside classical pieces composed in the Downton era.

This promises to be a real highlight of the Christmas period on Classic FM – so join Margherita on Friday 21 December from 8pm for An Evening at Downton Abbey!
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Opinion by Thecharliejay posted over a year ago
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What Happens Next in Downton Abbey? Season (Series) 3 Future Plots, Storylines, Spoilers 2012

Dowagers, Debutants Plus Mary's Wedding!
Downton Abbey, in case you have never heard of it, is an award winning British TV Drama written by Julian Fellowes, the guy who wrote the screenplay for the movie Gosford Park. Here you'll find out what happens next in Season 3.

Downton is sumptuously filmed and scripted in the best traditions of British costume drama with an all star cast that includes Dame Maggie Smith, Ellie the dog and, for season 3, Shirley MacLaine.

Downton has been sold to 100 countries and has won several awards including UK BAFTA and Emmy awards.

The second series (season) set in the first World War, finished its run in the UK at the end of last year. This was followed by the 2 hour Christmas Special (not surprisingly screened on Christmas Day!).

Season 3 of Downton will kick off in the Autumn (Fall) of 2012 in the UK and in January 2013 on PBS in the USA. This series will be set in the 1920s with the first episode being set in 1920. Endless rumours are doing the rounds. For example that...
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Opinion by DR76 posted over a year ago
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"DOWNTON ABBEY" – Series Two (2011) Retrospective

The debut of Julian Fellowes' series about an aristocratic family during the last few years before the outbreak of World War I garnered a great deal acclaim and awards, earlier this year. The success of the series led the ITV and Fellowes to continue the saga of the Earl of Grantham, his family and servants in a new season.

Series Two of "DOWNTON ABBEY" covered the last two years of World War I and the first year of peace during the years 1916 to 1919. Episode One began with Matthew Crawley, the heir presumptive for the Earl of Grantham enduring the last days of the Somme Offensive in November 1916. The story immediately shifted toward the personal dramas that unfolded over eight to nine episodes.

Last season focused upon the entail issue that prevented Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham from bequeathing his title or any of his fortune to his three daughters - Lady Mary, Lady Edith and Lady Sybil Crawley and forced him to accept Matthew Crawley, a third cousin raised as a middle-class cousin as his heir. Season Two focused upon the Crawleys' attempts to adjust to the...
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Opinion by FlightofFantasy posted over a year ago
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Another great article I found on tumblr, this time by ladychauffeurs. I DID NOT WRITE THIS ARTICLE. I just thought it was excellent, so I posted it to the Branson and Sybil spot, but I felt I should post it here, too. That way the people who don't like Sybil/Branson or Branson (to whom this article is addressed), who are unlikely to go on the Branson and Sybil spot, have a chance to read it, too.

I DID NOT WRITE THIS ARTICLE. All credit goes to ladychauffeurs@tumblr.

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“You’re too scared to admit it… but you’re in love with me.”

First things first, please guise. Don’t let the actions of a couple of episodes cloud the wonderful character who has been with us since the fourth episode. People change, but they don’t change without reason.

I should probably start with the problems people have been having with Branson this past episode: He’s a jerk, he’s belittling Sybil’s nursing, he’s trying to force her to love him. D««
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Opinion by FlightofFantasy posted over a year ago
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I saw this brilliant article by GreenKneeHighs@tumblr, and I posted it to the Branson and Sybil spot, but I felt I should post it here, too, because I figure most Sybil/Branson fans are also fans of Branson, so would support this article without question, when the people who really NEED to read this are those Downton Abbey fans who don't like Sybil/Branson or Branson. I think this article really puts into perspective some of the comments Branson has made that have proved unpopular with the fandom.

Once again, I DID NOT write this article; all credit goes to GreenKneeHighs@tumblr.

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Concerning Branson and Sybil and *THAT* comment he made…
So since the last episode has aired, the Downton Abbey track tag has been practically EXPLODING with what seems like the entire fandom up-in-arms about Branson telling Sibyl that her job was unimportant. Needless to say I was a little worried, but what I found odd was as mad as people were getting mad about what Branson said, nobody had posted the actual line.
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News by Kathleen_C posted over a year ago
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Realism, it ain’t. In the world of Downton Abbey, war is a weekend sport and young ladies can kill Turkish diplomats with sex. The characters, when not in the midst of a pause, race through history and the corridors of Highclere Castle with breath-taking speed and dramatic flair. Some people swear by the show, calling it "compulsively watchable"; others ridicule its stylized dramatics and jump-the-shark antics, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a person who can’t hum the theme song.

Downton Abbey premiered on Great Britain’s ITV (ITV.LN) on September 26, 2010. It quickly gained a steady following (the first episode alone drew over 9 million viewers) and a 32% audience share. On January 9, 2011, PBS aired the show in the United States, and the Downton craze spread like wildfire. The second season, which aired on PBS this past January and February, consistently doubled PBS’ prime-time rating, according to the New York Times. To date, over 100 countries have...
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Review by Jawas4eva posted over a year ago
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So, just to say, this article is not mine, all the credit goes to MarlyK from Basket of Kisses here:
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Mathew Crawley and his Mum, Isobel, ride in one of those gorgeous cars that had to be hand-cranked. Matthew looks cranky. He is. You, too, would be in a foul mood if you’d been told you were about to inherit a beautiful castle, a large fortune, a title, and a household of servants to wait on you hand and foot. Isobel, his momma, chides him, “There’s no legal mechanism for you to refuse it. When you inherit, you can throw it away!” What else is an inheritance for, anyway?
Things get worse as soon as they arrive. Some guy in a suit and tie comes out and introduces himself as Molesley, the butler and valet. He offers to help them with their bags. (Many years into the future, Molesley will quit this gig and invent a a nifty notebook he’ll call a Moleskin. He’ll get the idea for the name from a mohel.) While Matthew kvetches, Isobel takes to her new-found status like a...
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Opinion by DR76 posted over a year ago
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"DOWNTON ABBEY" – Series One Retrospective

The announcement of ITV’s new series, "DOWNTON ABBEY", had attracted my interest the moment I had learned it would air on American television, during the winter of 2011. I happened to be a fan of Robert Altman’s 2001 movie, "GOSFORD PARK". And when I learned that the movie’s Oscar winning writer, Julian Fellowes, was one of the series’ creators, my interest soon transformed into anticipation.

Focused upon a vast estate during the last years of the Edwardian England, "DOWNTON ABBEY" was able to allow viewers to glimpse into the lives of the estate’s owner (or caretaker), Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham; his immediate family; and the family’s servants through seven episodes. This first series began with news of the R.M.S. Titanic disaster in April 1912, which sparked a crisis for the Crawley family. The series ended with the commencement of World War I, over two years later. During those two years, the family endured the loss of two heirs presumptive, a new heir from the wrong social class, a personal scandal for Lord Grantham’s oldest daughter, a series of minor problems and a mystery...
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Guide by hugedowntonfan posted over a year ago
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I'm a huge fan of Downton Abbey much like others on this site. My cousin in Australia is also raving about it too where its appaerntly a huge hit. I so fell in love with the characters and places that I wanted to visit where they filmed it so I did a bit of googling and found you can do a tour. Without further ado I booked myself on this link which I can highly recommend as it goes to Downton Village and then finishes up at Highclere Castle where they film the main scenes above stairs. So go on treat yourself like we did and see where its all filmed.
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