Terri Reed here. I recently discovered a PBS show called Downton Abbey. If you haven't given this period piece a try, you should! Set in England in the early 1900's, the show depicts the country life of the Crawley family and their staff. The story starts with the news of the Titanic sinking and the loss of someone close to the family. From there, life for the Crawley's takes a turn as a new heir is brought into the fold. As the years past bringing with it change such as women suffragettes, home electricity, telephones, cars, the phonograph and World War 1, the characters develop and grow, sometimes adapting well to the new inventions and new ways of thinkings and sometimes...not so much.
The dynamics of the aristocratic family and the staff make this a fascinating show to watch. There are villains who turn out to be heroes, heroes who act villainous, machination galore, touching moments as well as funny moments. My favorite character is the Dowager Lady Crawley played by the incomparable Maggie Smith. She has, by far, the best lines. In fact, the writing is witty, smart and engaging. The actors all are believable in their roles, which makes the show that much more enjoyable. I've laughed, cheered, boo'd, clapped and cried through the first two seasons. And I eagerly await season three. Supposedly Shirley MacLaine is joining the cast. This should be fun!
Highclere Castle, the set for Downton Abbey, while in England. So exciting!!