December 31, 2012 |
The romance. The intrigue. The big, beautiful country house. We can analyze the recipe for success of "Downton Abbey," the British television import whose Season 3 makes its breathlessly anticipated debut Sunday on PBS, until our cups of tea go cold. But one element that can't be overlooked, especially for those of a culinary bent, is the food. Rather than letting it serve as mere eye candy, creator and writer Julian Fellowes has worked crepes, puddings, roast chicken and other edible props into some of the series's most...
January 11, 2013
Regarding Kathleen Parker's Jan. 9 op-ed column, "The trouble with Honey Boo Boo" : Let's not totally trash Honey Boo Boo's family. Her family members are so nice to each other. They helped a pregnant teenager. Dad Mike Thompson tears up talking about how much he loves his daughter, as well as the three older girls who are not his daughters. Compare that with the fictional, aristocratic two older daughters in "Downton Abbey" who betray each other. Kindness counts. Lila Snow , Chevy Chase
January 4, 2013 |
"Downton Abbey," that phenomenally successful British drama series about a very specific sort of people enduring what amounts to the modern era's original first-world problems, is back on PBS's "Masterpiece Classic" Sunday night for a third season. It is greeted with huzzahs, which are deserved, but it is also met with the law of diminishing returns. Only a fool could overlook the sinkholes in last season's plots: Along with characters miraculously leaping out of wheelchairs and/or breaking into song, an unwanted fiancee...
January 5, 2012 |
World War I rages and things are getting grim at that fictional, many-roomed North Yorkshire countryside castle known to us all as Downton Abbey: Dashing distant cousin Matthew, the heir apparent, is doing battle in the trenches of the Somme. At home, the Earl of Grantham, his wife, daughters and their loyal staff bravely agree to let the castle become a rehab hospital for wounded British officers. For all the stiff upper lips, bad news nevertheless abounds. People are always walking into rooms...
February 4, 2013
Spoiler alert! It would be nice if in the future you avoided putting plot spoilers in the titles and URLs of your online content. " Lady Sybil's shocking death. Did it have to happen? " [Jan. 28] ruined a major plot twist of last week's episode of " Downton Abbey . " I find it fairly easy to avoid plot spoilers by avoiding articles that reveal information about television shows that I like, but it is actually impossible when the spoiler is in the title of the article.
February 10, 2013 |
Did you miss last night's "Downton Abbey"? Never fear. Here's the script. Warning: spoiler alerts! Open on Interior, the servants' dining room in the basement of Downton Abbey. Mrs. Hughes is in conversation with Alfred, the footman. Mrs. Hughes: Well, there's nothing for it. We'll just have to tell Mr. Carson. Carson [ walking by ]: Tell me what, Mrs. Hughes? Mrs. Hughes: It's Buttercup, the Earl of Grantham's yellow Labrador retriever. She's pregnant.