Monday, July 22, 2013

Downton Abbey - tv series

Downton Abbey
TV series (2010 - not yet determined)

All three seasons of this show are equally engaging and entertaining with story lines that pull you in.

Below are brief descriptions to introduce this world.

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Downton Abbey
Season 1

The Downton Abbey estate stands a splendid example of confidence and mettle, its family enduring for generations and its staff a well-oiled machine of propriety. But change is afoot at Downton — change far surpassing the new electric lights and telephone.

A crisis of inheritance threatens to displace the resident Crawley family, in spite of the best efforts of the noble and compassionate Earl, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville, Miss Austen Regrets); his American heiress wife, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern); his comically implacable, opinionated mother, Violet (Maggie Smith, David Copperfield); and his beautiful, eldest daughter, Mary, intent on charting her own course.

Reluctantly, the family is forced to welcome its heir apparent, the self-made and proudly modern Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), himself none too happy about the new arrangements. As Matthew's bristly relationship with Mary begins to crackle with electricity, hope for the future of Downton's dynasty takes shape. But when petty jealousies and ambitions grow among the family and the staff, scheming and secrets — both delicious and dangerous — threaten to derail the scramble to preserve Downton Abbey.

Created and written by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), Downton Abbey offers a spot-on portrait of a vanishing way of life. -per Masterpiece PBS


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Downton Abbey
Season 2

Downton Abbey's Granthams and their family of servants have already weathered scoundrels, scandals, and a momentous succession crisis. But by November, 1916, the Great War has rendered everything — and everyone — changed. Even Downton Abbey itself, like its residents, has risen to the call of duty and transformed.

At the war front, life intensifies for Downton's young men in the face of untold horrors. Meanwhile, at Downton, war makes new and often unjust demands. Some rise to its call for a stiff upper lip and a useful turn, and others see change as an opportunity for either growth or exploitation. Far from the trenches, there remains no shortage of scheming, meddling, and dangerous attractions.

As other great houses crumble, a diminished Downton Abbey struggles to prevail into a new era with its residents and its honor intact. -per Masterpiece PBS


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Downton Abbey
Season 3

Downton Abbey has weathered the war, and the prospect of an impending wedding for Mary and Matthew brings great anticipation, as well as Cora’s mother from America, Martha Levinson. New World and Old World are about to clash as Martha tests tradition at Downton, and the patience of the formidable Lady Violet.

Aside from the sparks upstairs, a very real crisis threatens the foundation and future of Downton. Great houses have been crippled psychologically and financially in the wake of World War I, and Downton may not be exempt. In response, Robert clings decisively to his duty to maintain the home at all costs. But in this changing landscape, nothing is assured, and even the Crawleys may be faced with a new battle to safeguard their beloved Downton.-per Masterpiece PBS


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Downton Abbey
Season 4

The story has not yet been revealed - the U.S. viewers will find out January 2014. However, there are spoilers out there that I refuse to read.

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The Suite
Downton Abbey opening credits theme song
from the Soundtrack

Along with the costume and setting the soundtrack really makes this show so special. Give a listen to this haunting melody that just seems to stick long after an episode has ended.

~~- TEA at Downton Abbey schedule -~~

5 comments:

  1. I really need to get caught up since I've only gotten just over half-way through the first season. There are so many plot threads to keep the interest.

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  2. I wonder if it's on my Netflix. Have to check it out.

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  3. I'm a big fan. I'm hoping not to run into spoilers.

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    Though no formal announcement has been made yet by PBS, the broadcaster is expected to air the fourth season here in the U.S.

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