September 30, 2014

Downton Abbey 5 - Clues from Episode 2 on what is to come!

Well, at least Carson was right in the Season 5 previews when he said that times, they are a changing.  Yes indeed! I hardly recognize my old friend...
To say that last week's Downton was a bit of a  departure from the prim and proper Abbey we've grown used to, well, that's an understatement.   
No more gasps in horror from Lady Mary at the thought of Mr. Pamuk in her bedroom.....Nope.   In episode two of the new season we got condoms, pre-martial sex  and Cora making eyes at an art dealer over dinner while her unaware or oblivious husband looked on.  Not even the Dowager commented on the googly eyes being thrown Cora's way.   The Dowager notices everything!  But no snide, judgmental or sarcastic comment at all?  Seriously, what is up with that?  
But that is far from all going on at Downton in episode two!   Mr. Drewe comes up with the idea for Edith to become little Marigold's 'benefactor' - a sort of fairy-godmotherish role so she could then spend time with her secret daughter without raising suspicion.  Uh...okay.   Mrs Drewe looked less than impressed by this idea but the Crawleys?  Sure!  Why not?!  
Now to Lady Rose.  What a HUGE change from season four!  So, how old is she again?   Last season she was all about going out and partying but this is a new season and no one is their normal self.   Especially the scandalous Rose.  Ready for this? Brace yourself.  Okay, Lady Rose is.....
...desperate for Lord Grantham to buy a radio.  Seriously.  That's it. 
Last year she was dressing as a maid to kiss a stranger at a dance.  This year?  She wants to hear the King's Speech.  Wow.  Parents of teenage daughters, we MUST find out what the Crawleys did over the summer break to upgrade the parenting skills and bring such an astounding change to a 'willful' young lady.  Brilliant.
Mary, ready to leave on  a week of living in sin with Gillingham, has Anna pack all her dresses (with easy fastenings) and then sends her to buy contraception.  Yeah. Clearly Anna does not get paid enough.
Meanwhile, Isobel and Violet go on a trip to flirt with men.  Yes, that happened. And it was pretty entertaining!  But wait!  There is more!   Right before this episode ends, a policeman visits Downton to announce that there is now an investigation into the death of Mr. Green because a witness had come forward. Dun, dun, duuuuun.  (insert strange look on Mrs. Hughes face)
So the episode ends with Mr.Bates freedom under question once again, Lady Mary poised to unfasten her undergarments and make love all night, or for "as long as either of us has any stamina left"  (super classy)  and oh yes, I forgot... Lord Grantham thinks Cora's new admirer is flirting with Isis the dog.  
I barely know what to imagine for episode three but they have released a few photos so maybe I'll give by best guess....
Lady Mary, Downton Abbey, Lord Gillingham, sex, Liverpool
Photo #1  Lady Mary grinning.  I think she is leaving her hotel in Liverpool after a 'visit' with her new lover Gillingham and thinking to herself, "Oh Mr. Pamuk, if I were going to potentially tarnish my reputation, which was important to me last month, I wish it was you I slept with  instead."   And then she imagined it.  Thus, the grin.
Spratt, Lady Mary, Liverpool, Downton Abbey, series 5, episode 3
Photo #2   It's Spratt - Violet's  butler is in Liverpool. Either he's here to give in to his lustful desires like Gillingham or he has just spotted Lady Mary.  I am hoping he goes straight to the Dowager with this news, just so I can see that conversation take place.  Since this is Spratt we are talking about, I think it is safe to say that when the Dowager finds out it will most likely be at an awkward luncheon that she finds out her granddaughter is earning skymiles at the hotels around Liverpool.  At least, thanks to Anna's painfully awkward trip to the pharmacist there won't be any secret love children this time. 
Lady Cora, Simon Bricker, Richard E Grant, Downton Abbey, series 5
Photo #3  Cora and the Art Dealer.  A stroll with a single man? Cora should know better than to wander narrow streets in the twilight looking all coy with a charming gentleman by her side. I suppose she must be in Liverpool, too.  When in Rome...
Hmmm.  Maybe it's Cora that Mr. Spratt sees instead of Mary! Interesting...
Downton Abbey, series 5,
Photo #4  But not as interesting as THESE dudes!   What have we here??  They look Russian to me.  Russian mob comes to Downton?  Sure!  Why not?  If all the women are running about having affairs, secret children and pre-marital sex, why can't a few chaps put on furry outfits, grow impressive facial hair and take up smoking? Seems legit.  
Downton Abbey, series 5
Photo #5   Is the dude with his back to us (in the grey suit) is he wearing a surgical mask?  Hey, it could happen.  Russians have turned up at the Abbey seeking refuge from....uh.....something evil.  Possibly the new 'wireless' radio that is...dun dunn dunnn.....NOT wireless!  gasp!  Didn't see that one coming did ya?!
Downton Abbey, series 5, Bates, prison
Photo #6  Mr. Bates with the look he has perfected over the years.  Victim of the unjust, unfair and unkind.  Doer of good....OR IS HE???    Even if his presence in London on the day Green died is a complete coincidence, as a former inmate he'll be first in line for questioning.   Which means......ready for a plot twist???
That is why the Russian mob is at Downton!  Did Bates hire the mob to take out Mr. Green?  Is he going to grow out one of those beards?  Does he own any of those sets of dolls that stack one inside of the other?  Did he indeed own a set of dolls but Thomas stole them and is trying to frame Mrs. Patmore so he can work for the Russians by laundering money in the pudding each night?   Oh, Julian Fellowes, what does it all mean??  
The worst part of all?  The one thing that has stayed the same is the intense dislike I have for Miss Bunting.  I still find her extremely rude and annoying and totally wrong for Branson totally stayed the same.  
Maybe the Russains can take her back with them....

September 18, 2014

Downton Abbey: The Dowager gets Kissed and Collapses

George Clooney charmed Dame Maggie Smith with a kiss during filming for Downton

When Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney graced the set of Downton Abbey he delighted the show's matriarch Dame Maggie Smith a kiss.


According to Tom Cullen, who plays Lord Gillingham in the ITV period drama, 79-year-old Dame Maggie "collapsed onto the sofa" after accepting George's affectionate offer.

Tom Cullen told Lorraine Kelly about George's visit to the Downton set

Speaking to presenter Lorraine Kelly, Tom described George's time on the Downton set.

"I know he gave Maggie a kiss and she collapsed onto the sofa..."
 he said. "He’s a very handsome man, isn’t he?"

While the 29-year-old actor was not on location at Highclere Castle on the same day as George, he revealed that the Ocean's Eleven star shares screen time with Michelle Dockery and Hugh Bonneville.

It is 50-year-old Hugh who is credited with asking George to appear in the charity sketch, which will air at Christmas, after they worked on The Monuments Men together.

George Clooney swept Dame Maggie Smith off her feet with a kiss

"All the plans have been shrouded in secrecy because George was determined for his role not to leak out," a source told the Sun of George's high-profile guest appearance. "All the other cast members and crew were sworn to secrecy. 

"It's amazing it's taken four months for someone to find out," they added. "This is the biggest moment in Downton history and shows it's now the biggest drama in the world."

from article in

September 12, 2014

New! Downton Abbey Extras! Video Clip, New Info & Photos

Downton Abbey 5 is only a few short weeks away and it seems like we keep getting bits of storyline, photos and even new video clips to keep us anxiously waiting!  

Here is the latest:

I have to start out with a wonderful clip of our favorite - The Dowager Countess & Lady Isobel.  They have cracked me up each season and it looks like in Season 5, they will not disappoint! 

In the preview clip of the new series, Dowager offers some of her token pearls of wisdom about what men want to Lady Isobel, whose imagination is running away with her.
Lady Isobel says to Dowager while out walking: 'I do like him, it's just he wants something from me that I cannot give.'

'He just wants what all men want,'
she replies before Isobel exclaims, 'Oh don't be ridiculous!'
Dowager pauses before saying:  

'I was referrring to companionship...'

Oh how I have missed those two!

 Go HERE for the video.

 And now onto New Photos!

1. Why is Thomas carrying Lady Edith? And is she alive?

Downton Abbey series 5 premiere

2. Has Bates got away with his bumping off of Green? And how will his relationship with Anna recover?

Brendan Coyle as John Bates & Lesley Nicol as Mrs Patmore in Downton Abbey series 5 premiere

3. Will Baxter's secrets finally be exposed?

Raquel Cassidy as Baxter & Kevin Doyle as Moseley in Downton Abbey series 5 premiere

4. Has the Dowager got herself a suitor?

Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey series 5 premiere

5. And another one?

Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham & Douglas Reith as Lord Merton as in Downton Abbey series 5 premiere

6. A first look at Harriet Walter as Lady Shackleton and Douglas Reith as Lord Merton

Harriet Walter as Lady Shackleton & Douglas Reith as Lord Merton in Downton Abbey series 5 premiere

7. Lord Merton is back with an eye for Isobel

Douglas Reith as Lord Merton in Downton Abbey series 5 premiere

8. After that beach scene in the Christmas special, could a romance be on the cards for Carson?

Jim Carter as Mr Carson in Downton Abbey series 5 premiere

9. How will Daisy Lewis's Sarah Bunting fit in at the Abbey?

Daisy Lewis as Sarah Bunting & Allen Leech as Tom Branson in Downton Abbey series 5 premiere

10. Anna Chancellor joins the cast for series 5 and makes romantic advances on a young staff member

Ed Speelers as Jimmy & Anna Chancellor as Lady Anstruther in Downton Abbey series 5 premiere

11. A bonus moody shot of Mary and Tom

Allen Leech as Tom Branson & MIchelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey series 5 premiere

12. A bonus extra cute shot of baby Sybbie

Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley in Downton Abbey series 5 premiere
Downton Abbey returns to ITV at 9pm on Sunday, September 21.

And Finally, 

Watch the latest trailer:

The Season 5 premiere of Downton Abbey is coming soon to viewers in the United Kingdom, though fans in the United States will have to wait until January to see it. What can fans expect from the new season? There are big changes ahead, and people can’t wait to see what’s going to happen. Fans are anxious for Downton Abbey spoilers for the Season 5, Episode 1 show, and there are some tidbits available.
The cast list is available via IMDb, and it does reveal some juicy tidbits. The first episode of Season 5 of Downton Abbey will feature some Russian refugees, and Lady Anstruther pops in for a visit. She is the former employer of Jimmy Kent, and there is an interesting past between them. Based on the Downton Abbey spoiler previews, things may get quite interesting between Anstruther and Jimmy. At some point, she will tell Jimmy he’s a naughty boy, and it appears that Lord Grantham will catch the two in bed together.
Lady Mary is getting closer to opening herself up for love, and both Lord Gillingham and Charles Blake will be in this first episode. In fact, it seems Mary may go a bit unconventional and decide that it’s okay for her to get frisky with someone prior to getting married. The question is, which guy will she choose? There are hints that fans shouldn’t get too set on seeing a future with the man she does get close to as Season 5 begins, as the man she eventually marries may be someone different. Fans seem quite torn on whether they think she should be Tony or Charles.
Teacher Sarah Bunting is in the premiere as well, and it seems she gets a formal introduction to the family. Interestingly, it seems Mabel Lane Fox, Lord Gillingham’s former fiancee, is in the Season 5 Downton Abbey premiere as well. That could be awkward. Rose’s father Shrimpie is in the mix of things as well.
In terms of Season 5 as a whole, Downton Abbey spoilers indicate that Anna and Bates will still have their struggles, but they are in a better place than where they were throughout much of Season 4. Isobel Crawley may find love, and apparently there is a big storyline ahead for Violet Crawley as well. Does she find a new love as well? It seems she just might. There will be a lot of scenes between Isobel and Violet again this coming season, it seems, and fans love this pairing.
What about Edith? Poor Edith will continue to struggle, according to Radio Times. While her daughter will be nearby going forward, that doesn’t mean Lady Edith will be filled with happiness. Edith has a big secret to hide, and some are already suspicious by the end of the first episode. While Edith will get to spend some time with her daughter, it seems she will be in a constant state of stress and anxiety over the situation. Also this season there may be trouble in Cora and Robert’s marriage, as an art historian named Simon Bricker is said to drive a bit of a wedge between the Lord and Lady Grantham.
The Season 5, Episode 1 show is said to be fast-paced and will have fans hanging upon every commercial break. Apparently viewers will have plenty of reasons to gasp and cry along the way, and the premiere sets the stage for a wild season from the sound of things. There is a big fire ahead, and apparently lives will hang in the balance. The Season 5 premiere is jam-packed with action, and it seemingly will set the stage for a season filled with big developments. Downton Abbey premieres on ITV in the U.K. on Sunday, September 21, and on PBS in the U.S. on Sunday, January 4, 2015.



September 08, 2014

The Music of Outlander

I fell in love with the music the first time I heard it.  Beautiful and enchanting with just enough punch to get the heart pumping...just like the story itself.  I could listen to this sort of music all day long.  

The original lyrics were rewritten by Robert Louis Stevenson, the Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, (thank you to reader, Jane Warren, for this information), and adapted further by 'Bear McCreary' to fit the Outlander story. Watch the opening credits for Outlander, to hear this version of the lyrics.

Sing me a song of a lass that is gone,

Say, could that lass be I?
Merry of soul she sailed on a day
Over the sea to Skye. 

Billow and breeze, islands and seas,

Mountains of rain and sun,
All that was good, all that was fair,
All that was me is gone.

Repeat chorus 

Give me again all that was there,

Give me the sun that shone,
Give me the eyes, give me the soul
Give me the lass that's gone. 
This performance below was held before the world premiere of the pilot episode of the new "Outlander" TV series on the Starz network. This took place in San Diego at the Spreckels Theater on July 25, 2014. Music and performance led by Bear McCreary.  Visit Bear McCreary's website to read more about OUTLANDER by clicking HERE. 

I just downloaded the theme song as one of my ringtones and have it on my mp3 player. You can get the music, the Outlander books and of course, lots of Downton Abbey stuff by checking out the left side of this blog where my some of my favorites are listed to get you started.  Enjoy!!