I recently crawled out from beneath my rock and caught up with episodes of Downton Abbey.
(I know, I know. Where’ve I BEEN all this time?)
In case you’ve been under your own rock, Downton Abbey is a British television program that’s become a global phenomenon. Produced by the UK’s ITV, it’s in the same vein as the old series Upstairs, Downstairs.
(Yes, I’m dating myself.)
Anyway, this popular period drama is set in the early 1900s and follows the lives and intermingling of the family and staff of the fictional British estate, Downton Abbey. Its broadcasting rights have been sold to over 100 countries, and its DVDs are among Amazon.com’s best sellers.
I must confess that I was reluctant to start watching. I’m not an Anglophile and couldn’t figure out everyone’s obsession with a stodgy British show. But episode one hooked me, and now I’m clamoring for my next DA fix.
Among DA’s highlights:
- Strong characters
- Interesting plots
- Stunning scenery
- Beautiful costumes (and hats!)
- Glorious accents
- Wicked one-liners
“I have plenty of friends I don’t like,” retorts Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, portrayed by Dame Maggie Smith. (And yes, she’s every bit as fabulous as her title.) She’s my favorite.
She’s also self-serving, conniving and pretentious, so there’s much to dislike about the Dowager Countess. But she’s not completely flawed. (Like Thomas.)
I admire her attitude toward:
- Family. They’re your first priority. Be there for them, especially in a crisis.
- Respect. It’s fine to expect it, but you have to extend it.
- Change. You can resist it; but, when it’s inevitable, accept it and work within that framework to uphold your values.
If you’re not up on Downton, here’s a fun five-minute recap of the first two seasons:
Season three begins this Sunday on PBS and it’s sure to be great fun. And feature even more fabulous hats
Are you a fan? Who’s your favorite character, and why?
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