Downton Abbey: Masterpiece Turns 40 and We Get a Gift - Page 2
Wittily crafted and full of secrets, Downton Abbey was created by Julian Fellowes, Oscar-winner for Gosford Park. Viewers will see shades of Gosford Park, Howard’s End, and Upstairs, Downstairs in situations the Crawley’s and their employees find themselves.
Expertly acted (with Maggie Smith appearing as “Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham,” a must-see performance) by an ensemble cast, Downton Abbey is a visual feast boasting exquisite costumes, magnificent sets, and a clearly defined sense of place. It is characterized by intelligent writing--sparked with humor, sarcasm, and irony. (The performances are so good that space does not allow full recognition.)
Planning to watch the first episode, we ended up having a Downton Abbey marathon at the Etier home, watching all four episodes in one evening (yes, we stayed up past bedtime) because we were so engrossed, and couldn’t bear to wait for the entire story. Now I find myself envious of you, who will get to see it for the first time, either on PBS or DVD.