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Divine Downton Abbey

by habituallychic

01 . 20 . 11
If you’re not watching Downton Abbey, you are missing out.  It is the best show on television right now and I’m obsessed.  It already aired in the UK and can currently be seen Sunday nights on PBS here in the States.  I was wondering why it reminded me of Gosford Park and then I realized it was also written by award winning author Julian Fellowes.  It’s essentially an upstairs/downstairs period piece with enough drama to keep it interesting.  Of course, the best parts are the costumes and interiors.  Highclere Castle stands in for Downton Abbey and you can check out the interiors and grounds on their website and even arrange a tour. The episodes are also available on iTunes and DVD.  If anyone needs me Sunday night, I’ll definitely be watching Downton Abbey! 

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  1. Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} January 20, 2011 | 4:24 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I’ll have to figure out where/when/if it’s airing here in Canada! Looks fabulous!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Amanda January 20, 2011 | 4:26 pm

    I just saw this on Tuesday and was wondering if it was worth watching. Thanks for posting this! I think I’ll give it a shot!

  3. Marlazz January 20, 2011 | 4:39 pm

    I’m obsessed with this show. Episode 2 was such a surprise; I did NOT see that coming. It’s comforting to have Masterpiece theatre when we’re trapped inside during the cold weather.

    Brittany, it’s playing in Canada on PBS if you can get it, Sundays 9pm Eastern.

  4. The Zhush January 20, 2011 | 5:03 pm

    Oh, I need to set my dvr…thanks for the reminder! Now if you could only tell me how to see the newly made BBC version of Upstairs Downstairs I’ll be all set!:)

  5. bluebadgerbaby January 20, 2011 | 5:12 pm

    I cheated and asked someone in England how it ended. I just couldn’t wait to find out how it ends.

  6. innerspace January 20, 2011 | 5:40 pm

    And, don’t miss Maggie Smith, as the
    Dowager Countess of Grantham, for a bit of British humor!

  7. Black Zebra January 20, 2011 | 6:23 pm

    Isn’t it divine! My husband worked on it so if you want some inside details( without giving away the story!) sent me an e-mail. fun,fun,fun. we (in the UK) have already seen it, DYING for next episode!

  8. Connie @ SogniESorrisi January 20, 2011 | 6:32 pm

    I hadn’t heard about this. Love these kinds of shows!

  9. SweetSuiteChic January 20, 2011 | 6:39 pm

    I am addicted, not only do I DVR it, it’s in my Netflix Queue.


  10. Dagmarette Yen January 20, 2011 | 6:48 pm

    Whats the premise?! I love the costumes thats for sure.


  11. Karena January 20, 2011 | 6:58 pm

    Heather I do love these period series and will definitely watch!

    Art by Karena

  12. Dfest January 20, 2011 | 8:22 pm

    This sounds exactly like my cup of tea! Thanks for my suggestion!

  13. ruffledrose.com January 20, 2011 | 8:45 pm

    I haven’t heard of it, but will definitely check it out!
    – xo, Vanessa Elizabeth

  14. Sheri @ Make It POP! January 20, 2011 | 9:11 pm

    I’m SO glad you blogged about this! My husband and I loved our weekly Sunday night “Mad Men” mini-dates and now we can replace them until it starts again with this. YEA!

  15. rachel January 20, 2011 | 9:21 pm

    Thank you for posting this! I LOVE this show! I couldn’t believe what happened on the most recent episode… I’ll be sad when it’s over!

  16. tokyojinja.com January 20, 2011 | 10:37 pm

    I have been desperate for a new show to watch…Thank goodness it is on iTunes – Japanese TV is unbearable and they haven’t picked up a new American show in ages!

  17. designchic January 20, 2011 | 10:38 pm

    Must watch…can tell I’ll love it by your wonderful photos!!

  18. Billy Fisher January 20, 2011 | 11:14 pm

    bluebadgerbaby must keep quiet!

    YES, what a great program, we watch and love it! I suffer too many “chickflix” with the exception of this.

    However, once again I am torn whether to spread the word or keep something so good to ourselves.

  19. go boo boo January 20, 2011 | 11:35 pm

    Thanks for the tip, I will try it. It looks gorgeous.

  20. Alice Olive January 21, 2011 | 1:14 am

    My friends keep raving about this – you’ve just sealed the deal for me!

  21. Kathy January 21, 2011 | 2:07 am

    I have been glued to the telly as well…..I hear they are making a continuation of the series to be shown next year…keep your fingers crossed!…k

  22. Rebekah January 21, 2011 | 2:17 am

    I’ve faithfully watched Downton Abbey for the last couple of weeks (airing on Sundays in Texas). I’ve read Julian Fellowes’ novels, and the dialogue is as equally biting and witty as his screen plays.

    Long live Dame Maggie Smith!

  23. Carol January 21, 2011 | 1:19 pm

    My husband and I are hooked. Love everything about this show, and Maggie Smith is fabulous. I don’t want it to end.

  24. BestofDesign January 21, 2011 | 2:34 pm

    My husband and I love this show!!! The characters are wonderful and engaging and the storyline and characters are not predictable…if you watched last week’s show you’ll know what I mean—-who say THAT coming?! Fabulous snaps of the show, I think I was born in the wrong time, I love the women’s style!
    Thanks for a great post!

  25. CB January 21, 2011 | 2:51 pm

    THANK YOU! I needed something good to watch. Without Mad Men, I am sunk.

  26. Beth January 21, 2011 | 3:49 pm

    Isn’t Downton Abby a dream of a series! What fun to see Maggie Smith and Elizabeth McGovern in such an elegant story. I sets, costumes, decorative design is absolute perfection. I have downloaded the first two so I can watch them again. Between this and the elegance of The King’s Speech, I think I need to read Henry James during this snowy winter. Your photographs are lovely and a wonderful representation of the deliciousness of this series.

  27. Teacup Moments January 21, 2011 | 7:59 pm

    It DOES remind me of Gosford Park, except I can watch this every week! How wonderful!

  28. sheilaa131 January 21, 2011 | 11:10 pm

    Love this show and hate it when the episode ends. No one does it better than the English.

  29. AB January 21, 2011 | 11:41 pm

    Am so glad its a hit in the USA, as there was a lot of talk that it might not go down so well. Which I did not understand why, as it is brilliant, we would all run home to watch it and then talk about it non stop.

    It is one of the best series made in a long time, storyline , acting, costumes, setting.
    They are doing the second series and hopefully it will be a couple of episodes longer.

    Hurray for Downton Abbey!

  30. Robin January 24, 2011 | 1:16 am

    I absolutely love this show.. the sets, costumes, storylines, and Maggie Smith. I am not one to wish my day away but have been anxiously awaiting 9 pm all day for episode 3. And I’ve read they have booked another season and a Christmas special, woo hoo!

  31. Brittany January 28, 2011 | 6:35 am

    i love this show!! i’m a british comedy/drama/period piece addict and this fits the bill. it has great costumes, story, actors, etc. love it. 🙂