Friday, January 6, 2012

Downton Abbey is Spiffing Brilliant!

I've been so nervous anticipating the second installment of Downton Abbey that it has nearly put me off my feed  Oh no!  Now I've gone and done it again, throwing out a horribly vulgar American farm expression, when I have been eating crumpets and trying mightily to be worthy to watch the upper crustian Lord and Lady and the lower crustian servants in this marvelous story.

Here's a run down to bring you up to speed


Lord Robert Crawley has only one job, which is to keep the huge pile of rocks that is his boyhood home from becoming Stonehenge.  This is a difficult job due to constant interruptions to open tiny little letters delivered on a silver tray by his formidable butler, Mr. Carson






Mr. Carson may look like he wants to tear out your cholesterol-clogged American heart, but he is really as gentle as clotted cream




 
Lady Cora Crawley was initially married for her revoltingly modern and obscenely large American fortune but her titled husband grew to love her in spite of her grating non-English accent

Lady Sybil, Lady Mary and Lady Edith are the three feminine progeny of their poor male-inheritorless father.  Mary is the oldest and as mean as a rattlesnake, while Edith is as mean as a slightly homely cobra.  Sybil is as harmless as a garter snake except that she likes to sneak around with the chauffeur to political rallies and once wore harem pants to dinner.


Violet, the oldest Crawley is so condescendingly English that she will make you want to give the United States back to Queen Elizabeth with a note of apology.

The staff, which works 15 hours, 364 1/2 days per year, unless their mother dies--is totally devoted to the Crawley family with the exception of O'Brien and Thomas, who have been known to soap the floor causing the miscarriage of a long awaited male heir and raid the wine cellar, respectively.




Tune in to PBS on Sunday to find out if World War I 
causes a starch shortage and resultant fainting spells.

 I can hardly wait!



17 comments:

Melynda said...

Maybe we should get cable, I think this is the missing void in my social life.....

Holly said...

What is this story you are telling? I know not of what you speak. As always, I'm one step behind and wishing I had a cup of tea.

Meg and Mum's said...

I LOVE this show! You've hit the nail on the head with your descriptions too I might add. Such fantastic characters. The first season finished airing in Australia about four months ago and the withdrawal symptoms have really kicked in now. Season 2 is due to start this month I think! Im itching all over as I type this in anticipation.

just call me jo said...

I know not what you speak either. I'll just have a cup 'a tea with Holly. You enjoy!

Anna M said...

harem pants? goodness!

I was debating recording the series, but hadn't watched the previous. Now I am caught up. Sincerely do you suggest it?

Pondside said...

Tea and crumpets at 9 on Sunday evening - c'mon over and join me. I'm torn between a terrible, prurient curiosity and terrible urges to laugh in a very un-ladylike way.

Late Bloomers said...

OMG I was thinking I was Lame-O for waiting anxiously for Sunday night to arrive.... Can. Not. Wait!

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Connie said...

Hmmm, you have piqued my interest. I don't think I have ever even see this.
It sounds like the English version of Dallas. Does it spin webs and with greed and hatred? And to think I only watch reality tv shows. I need a little culture.

Sue said...

I think I need to watch this one!

=)

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Your description brought me back to my middle school years (oy!) and the PBS airing of John Galsworthy's "The Forsyte Saga. I used to climb out of bed and hide on the stairs so I wouldn't miss it. My mom finally just started calling me over so I could watch, too. LOL

karen said...

I saw this advertised and it looked really good! I will have to find out what channel/what time. Thanks for the reminder!

Su said...

I'm excited, too!!

Cherie said...

I need to watch this show. If you can believe it my whole family sat and watched every episode (that they recorded) over Thanksgiving and I was too tired each night to join in. I definately need to catch up!

Laurel said...

Janae introduced me to Downtown Abbey over Christmas. I watched the first episode on the computer. Doesn't look like I will be caught up by tomorrow :(

Misha Gericke said...

This series sounds awesome! Can't wait to see it. :-)

MTeacress said...

I wish I could say I like this show so we could anticipate it together! But I do like the Candleford one. Have you heard of it?

Karli said...

Spending my afternoon watching the first three episodes. Loving it!