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December 25, 2015

Downton Abbey 6 - Christmas Episode


Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) decorates Downton's Christmas tree with Lady Rosamund (Samantha Bond)

It’s over! Actually over – forever and ever and ever…
And what an ending... Please bear with us for a moment while we reach for our tissues (again) to wipe away all those tears - of joy!
Yes, we got our happy ending – and what a relief that was. But enough of the dramatics for now.
Of course, it goes without saying that full spoilers for the entire episode lie ahead - so if you haven't seen it yet, what are you doing? Get watching this minute!
Are those of you that have seen it still here? Good. Here's what we thought of the final everepisode of 'Downton Abbey'.
EDITH GOT MARRIED (it’s worthy of capitals)
So, Bertie Pelham burst back onto the scene having done what can only be construed as a complete 180 degree-turn on matters – thanks to Lady Mary (of all people) and her surprise London set-up. How do we feel about this? Naturally, it really impressed us. In fact, it made our Christmas.
We were furious with him of course – yes, furious – for dumping Lady Edith earlier this year, but over time our anger has subsided a little, and this December, we were willing to give him a second chance. How he came up trumps!
His tears over Champagne at The Ritz, alongside his heartfelt declaration: “Would you believe me if I said I couldn’t live without you?”, and his croaky response to Edith (after she'd pointed out he'd done a good job of living so far), “I’ve done a very bad job” – was enough to entirely win us over. Our lips are wobbling just remembering it.
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Bertie Pelham returns – but will Lady Edith accept him?
The question however remained – would he win over Edith? “If I agreed, which is a big ‘if’…” she replied. Bravo for not instantly accepting – too darn right the fellow should be kept in suspense…
But whilst she nevertheless did go on to accept him, we can’t deny the joyful telephone call to Lord Grantham didn't have us worried. Was it all working out rather too quickly, only 23 minutes into the episode?
Can we break for a second here to say we greatly enjoyed the (not often heralded) wit of Lady Grantham in the bit where Lord Grantham burst through the door to announce the engagement news to her in bed. “You’re not going to believe it,” he said.
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Cora, Lady Grantham shows her funnier side this episode
“She’s pregnant again?” Cora quipped.
“No…”
“She’s been arrested for treason?”
“Not quite!”
What japes from the pair. We approved.
Worry set in again, however, when Lord and Lady G joined the jubilant Bertie and Edith at Brancaster Castle (“legendary” in it’s comfort, apparently). There they met Mother Pelham, and we finally understood quite what a tyrant she was.
Absolutely no scandal must befall Brancaster ever again, she cried, especially not after what happened with Cousin Peter in Tangiers (what didhappen with Cousin Peter – we never did find out).
The riot act read, Edith showed quite admirable courage nonetheless, in coming clean to Mother Pelham, revealing the truth about Marigold. And then for Bertie to demonstrate his strong moral compass by standing by his woman and standing up to his mother... too much!
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Bertie shows himself worthy of Edith by standing up to his mother
In spite of Mrs Pelham's outrage at the revelation, thankfully all it took to change her mind was a quiet word from Lord Grantham. Off she then went into full 180 degree-turning mode herself, lurching to her feet to raise the second toast of the night to the health of Berts and Edith – hurrah!
It had us whopping and clapping at the telly, so it did, when he swooped in for a SNOG after dinner... and in front of the parents too – racy!
But we still couldn’t rest easy until we saw Edith walk up that aisle (and walk back down again, finally married).
Were we gifted this pleasure? You bet we were! There can't have been a dry eye in all of Britain at this long-awaited wedding, not least at Edith's pre-church moment with Lord Grantham. “If you’re proud of me, please be as proud as you want for as long as you like” she told him. Then there was that awkward advert break (what are you doing to us ITV?) but thankfully it didn't spell doom, because all proceeded as we had hoped it would.
“It’s so strange I feel so completely, completely happy,” the new Marchioness of Hexham [big cheer] announced. So do we, Edith, so do we.
Next on the agenda: Henry Talbot turned entrepreneur and Lady Mary got pregnant
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All's well that ends well for Lady Mary and Henry Talbot
What a natural progression for the couple, and what a relief there was no tragedy involved.
We're also pleased Henry got his act together, because moping on bridges, slumping in chairs and lying on beds reading in the daytime isn't really very exciting, now, is it?
Thankfully, he came up with a new career idea - a spectacular one. He joined forces with everyone’s favourite, Tom Branson, and shortly after, they set up shop as “secondhand car salesmen”, as Mary so delicately put it. By doing so, he turned from ditherer to exciting, new age entrepreneur. And nothing thrills Mary more, as we know, than a man who is modern and à la mode.
Which brings us to our leading lady, Mary. Marriage to Henry Talbot clearly suits the headstrong heroine, who, this episode, showed herself to be entirely a saint and not-a-jot a sinner.
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From sinner to saint: Lady Mary turns over a new leaf
She proved a skilled matchmaker in reuniting Bertie with Edith, and made an excellent nurse, first with her calming tones to Carson, and later, as midwife and maid to Anna. She even went so far as to demonstrate skills in the art of good sibling-ing [sic]: “Look, we’re blood and we’re stuck with it,” she said to Edith sagely, “so let’s try and do a little better in future.”
Even more shockingly, she put this pledge into action, refusing to announce her pregnancy for fear of stealing Edith’s thunder. Mary - is that you?!
Yes, marriage to Henry clearly suits the Lady Mary. And, like Lady Edith, we couldn’t be happier for her either.
Third up for discussion: the rather broad theme of love
Forgive us for bundling all these couples together under one topic, but there are so many of them, we’ll be here till next Christmas if we try to discuss them all separately.
1) Mrs Crawley and Dickie, Lord Merton
We felt truly sorry for dear Mrs Crawley when we found out she might lose Dickie, the man she’s loved for so long (though we’ve no idea why she didn't say so till now – does anyone else know?). His wicked stepdaughter threatened to stand in the way, but trusty Cousin Violet came to Mrs C’s rescue, and delivered the sort of epic one-liner advice no Downton finale would be complete without: “As my late father used to say,” she instructed, “‘If reason fails, try force!’”
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It's love hearts all around: Mrs Crawley and Dickie FINALLY get together too
Yes, it is marginally convenient Dickie’s pernicious anemia turned out to be just plain old anemia (we obviously knew the difference), and also that Doctor Clarkson announced the misdiagnosis just in time for Edith’s wedding so everyone could be happy together, but it doesn't matter a bit. We’re just relieved they too get their happy ending, the “two old fuddy-duddies who can barely manage the stairs”.
2) Daisy and Andy
There were looks, there were cutting putdowns, there were buckets of miscommunication, a compliment here and there, and finally, a rubbish haircut. But it looks like Daisy and Andy might get married. Another one ticked off our list.
3) Mr Molesley and Miss Baxter
Definite love blossoming here too. He took on a new cottage with extra teaching lessons, and she waved adios to evil Mr Coyle. 
“We won’t lose touch,” he muttered.
“No, we won’t lose touch, you can be sure of that,” she replied, with a twinkle in her eye. Yes, yes we get it - marriage awaits. Next!
4) Mrs Patmore and Mr Mason
“I hope we’ll be seeing a lot more of you there,” Mr Mason told the cook after Daisy agreed to move into his farmhouse.
“Ooh, I don’t know about that,” Patmore laughed awkwardly.
“I think you do,” Mason replied.
Yes, and so do we. Onwards...
5) Miss Edmunds and Tom Branson
She caught Edith’s bouquet. “Aren’t you the lucky one!” Tom commented, and obviously they live happily ever after. The end.
Barrow became the new butler
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Off Barrow goes... (and then he comes back again)
‘Well, I never!’ (That’s us imagining what Carson would have said had we told him this news a few series ago.) After his tearful exit from the house, and that adorable moment with Master George, we feared Thomas might do himself further harm when the new job turned out to be not at all what he expected.
Mercifully, this didn’t happen and instead he got a promotion and the job he’s always wanted. How we can laugh now remembering that he once hid labradors in outhouses...
Carson started a new phase of life
The reason for Barrow’s promotion was obviously the onset of Carson’s ‘palsy’. And whilst the thought of him retiring didn't sit well with us at first, at least the poor fellow isn’t dying!
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Reluctantly, Carson retires... to a lovely long life with Mrs Hughes
Having announced that times are changing rather a lot this series, finally, he decided to move with them. Off he went to his semi-retirement, with reliable, sturdy Mrs Hughes by his side. Ah!
Baby Bates arrived
Well, we can’t say we didn’t see it coming. We had a feeling there would be a flash forward at some point when Anna announced she had “a way to go” with her pregnancy at the beginning – so hooray that Downton went on to join us in December.
Again, no surprises that the lady's maid gave birth on Lady Edith’s wedding day (there's nothing like double drama), though it is a surprise that it all went smoothly. Her waters broke, Henry hollered for Bates and the next thing we knew, she was lying in Mary's bed, cradling the babe next to her husband (or “John” as she's taken to calling him), whilst Lord Grantham served her Champagne on a tray. Perhaps she should have a baby more often!
And so... as another character got their happy ending, we arrived at the actual ending which, wondrously, was also happy.
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The final conversation of the show: Mrs Crawley and Cousin Violet talk past, present and future
Thanks to Lady Rose – though rather unfeasibly we might add – Lord Grantham got to see Lady Grantham in all her glory making speeches at the hospital and decided not to rock the boat (and their marriage) after all. So we left them, a happy duo once again. (We’d hoped we wouldn’t have to mention the word ‘hospital’ in this review, since it’s all we were forced to talk about in previous ones, but alas, what can we say? We tried...).
As ‘Auld Langs Syne’ rang out, we departed the Abbey with the words of Cousin Violet, our favourite Dowager, who bemoaned having to leave the past behind and boldly step forth into the future. “If only we had the choice,” she quipped.
We understand just what she means. For if we had the choice we’d probably reverse time too – straight back to 26 September 2010, the day the drama at Downton Abbey all began.
review from Edwina Langley at  The Evening Standard at www.standard.co.uk

November 08, 2015

DOWNTON ABBEY 6 -Episode 8

And the drama comes to an end: Lady Mary Crawley revealed herself to be a 'nasty, jealous, scheming bitch' - according to Lady Edith - in the finale of the last series of Downton Abbey, before the Christmas special

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Downton Abbey finished with a wedding – a suitably traditional happy ending. Or at least it was supposed to be.
In fact the series' big finale was shamelessly shallow and calculating, whilst the underlying message it sent out was just depressing.
After five years, six series, and 47 episodes of Downton Abbey, the moral of the story came down to one simple lesson: in life it's better to be a Lady Mary than a Lady Edith.
  
Inevitably, it was the beautiful, bitchy, sister who found love at the very last and ended up with everything. The more good-hearted, ordinary, eternally unlucky younger sibling lost her chance of happiness, wealth, and marriage to her beloved beau Bertie Pelham.


Perennially overshadowed and mocked by Mary, not only did Edith's hopes of a reversal in fortunes suddenly evaporate it was the callous actions of her nemesis that caused it.
Such is life – if you're a plain Jane like Edith or a glamourpuss like Mary. So it would have been much more radical and GRATIFYING if the show's creator/writer Julian Fellowes had let Edith triumph and Mary get her just desserts.
The same went for Thomas Barrow. His bitter misery over his impending unemployment at Downton (not in the show but as the Crawleys' footman) finally became too much. He slashed his wrists and was only saved when a suddenly psychic Baxter ran back to rescue him.
Other sub-plots in the show's finale included: Mr Molesley's debut as a teacher; the agony aunt at Edith's magazine Cassandra Jones turning out to Septimus Spratt; and Mrs Patmore running a house of ill repute (inadvertently).
Fellowes crammed in so many loose ends you wondered why he was stopping – after the Christmas special.
She loves him: Edith's love story with Bertie seemingly came to an end
The way that Fellowes has been unable to resist contriving happy endings to bestow upon his characters, Edith might yet become Mrs Pelham.
'I love him,' Edith told Cora. 'I'd accept him in a trice if it weren't for Marigold.'
Bloody kids…
Marrying Bertie without telling him that Marigold was her illegitimate daughter would 'mean there's a lie at the heart of my marriage. But if I tell the truth, will I ruin it?' Edith fretted feebly.
There was really only one way to find out. JUST TELL HIM, we shouted as she dithered.
Things became more complicated when Bertie inherited the title of Marquess of Hexham.
'That's absurd!' Lady Mary cried, horrified, as she realized Edith would become a Marchioness and 'outrank us all.'
'A genuine copper-bottomed Marquess! For Edith - who couldn't make her dolls do what she wanted!' cheered the Earl, sensing the prospect of finally marrying off his dowdy daughter and smelling CASH.
Predictably he argued against the risk of revealing she had a secret lovechild.
'Edith's had so little luck in her life!' he harrumphed. Never mind about Bertie's.
'Won't you send me to bed happy?!' Henry pleaded with Edith for an answer to his proposal – not the indecent kind.
'I love you Bertie. The trouble is, I'm not as simple as I used to be,' Edith trembled, even though she was. As if correcting herself, she said: 'My LIFE is not as simple.'
Sadly, it was about to become much simpler. Lady Mary and Henry Talbot fought so fiercely over his ruthless pursuit of her that he departed Downton.
So at breakfast the next morning Mary greeted Bertie's announcement that he and Edith had good news with an icy silence.
'You see?! I'm getting married and you've lost your man and you just can't stand it!' Edith finally snapped bravely and, it transpired, fatally.
'You're wrong. I'm VERY happy for you,' purred Mary, in a manner that didn't sound it. 'And I admire you Bertie,' Mary continued. Fixing her gaze on her sister, she added acidly: 'Not everyone would accept Edith's past…'
'Mary, don't!' gasped Tom.
'Well you wouldn't accept him without telling him,' Mary mused pitilessly. 'About Marigold - who she really is.'
When Edith eventually uttered the fateful confession 'Marigold is my daughter', the merest flicker of satisfaction crossed Mary's face.
'Will you excuse me?' Bertie simply said, and walked out. With Tom and Edith reeling from the devastation she had created Mary just returned to her newspaper.
Breakfast table dramas: Mary dropped the bombshell about Marigold's real parent
Breakfast table dramas: Mary dropped the bombshell about Marigold's real parent
Off he goes: Bertie didn't choose to sick around to see what married life with Edith would be like
Off he goes: Bertie didn't choose to sick around to see what married life with Edith would be like
'Would you have married me in a lie?' Bertie asked later - the crucial question. 'We'll never know now will we?' Edith answered, as if Fellowes could not decide. 'I'm terribly sorry of course. My life was about to be perfectly wonderful. Now I've thrown it all away.'
In a way she was happier back in the role of victim, suffering through her own weaknesses or her sister's viciousness.
'Shut up!' Edith screamed when Mary tried to insist she really had assumed Bertie knew about Marigold. 'Who do you think you're talking to?! Mama?! Your maid?! I KNOW you! I know you to be a nasty, jealous, scheming bitch!'
We did too and so did Tom Branson now.
'Well you got what you wanted!' he blazed at Mary. 'Bertie's left for the next train and Edith won't be the next Marchioness of Hexham.'
Life with the Crawleys really seemed to have corrupted the former militant Republican's principles.
He turned on her so passionately, for a moment it suggested it would be Mary and Tom who would end up together.
'DON'T LIE. Not to me!' he cried, with a mix of hurt and caring. 'You can't stop ruining things – for Edith, for yourself. Anything to feel less frightened and alone! You're a coward, like all bullies!'
Now he knows! Tom Branson finally got the measure of scheming Lady Mary, and he told her so
Mary showed her true colours again after Thomas tried to kill himself, carping to her father 'do you still think that dismissing Barrow was a useful saving?'
'That's a bit below the belt – even for you,' the Earl muttered witheringly.
And yet Julian Fellowes still couldn't condemn his heroine, or resist lobbying for our sympathy, just as he had with Thomas Barrow even though we had seen them both do so much that did not merit it.
'I've only myself else to blame,' Barrow told Mary about his loneliness. 'I've said and done things, I don't know why. I can't stop myself. Now I'm paying the price.'
Yes he was the male Lady Mary.
'I could say the same,' she said, his self-pity and hypocrisy obviously striking a chord.
Anna, Bates, the Dowager, and even Edith queued up alongside Tom and Thomas to psycho-analyse Mary, argue her break-up with Henry was ill-advised, and explained or somehow justified her heartlessness to Edith.
Bit of a bully? The general consensus is that Mary is just rather mean, with even her father the Earl telling her 'that was a bit low, even for you'
'Henry's perfect for you! You're just too stupid and stuck up to see it!' blasted Edith, still enjoying the excuse to finally speak up and lay into her sister.
'Tom believes you're unhappy. That's why you lash out as you do,' their grandmother suggested more softly.
The Dowager was almost as smitten with Henry as Tom was. 'Lord Gillingham had birth, money, and looks, but didn't suit you. He wasn't clever enough, or strong enough. Henry Talbot is both.'
Lady Mary's maid had the same blinding insight.
'She can't control him,' Anna told Bates. 'That's what frightens her. He's stronger than her – or as strong. And she's not used to it.'
'She's a bit of a bully,' Bates agreed (admiringly). 'She likes her own way.'
The consensus was either Mary didn't really like Henry Talbot or that they weren't that well suited. This was initially Mary's own view too.
'Mr. Talbot is not right for me,' she complained to Anna. 'We'd be miserable. I AM sure. Nobody can believe that I can know my own mind. I mean it.' She seemed convinced, and convincing. Talbot was vain, arrogant, and not that charming. They clashed rather than complemented one another.
Something's looking up: Elsewhere, Mr Molesley made his debut as a teacher
'You push in here, into my home, in order to call me a grubby gold-digger?! You've got a nerve!' Mary had blazed when he had accused of being obsessed with status. Later she described his behaviour as 'high-handed and bullying and unapologetic!'
Of course she had a point but only such unbearable snobs as the Crawleys could consider a toff like Henry Talbot as riff-raff. He came from 'decent family stock' but had no prospects of money or a title.
'Am I expected to lower myself to his level and be grateful I'm allowed to do so?!' continued Mary.
'None of us thinks it's a good idea,' declared the Earl, who disparagingly referred to Talbot as 'a mechanic'.
The problem was not so much their difference in social standing but the value Mary put on it.'
'I don't mean to pull rank,' Mary told Henry, doing exactly that before explaining if they married, even her young son George would 'out-rank' him.
'I believe in love:' The Dowager told Mary to leave her preconceptions behind and marry the man she loves
'People like us need to marry properly,' she droned, not referring to herself and Henry but people like the Crawleys.
This seemed more than enough even without her abhorrence at Talbot's passion for motor racing.
'I can't be a crash-widow again!' Mary wailed to her grandmother. 'I'd live in terror - dreading every race, every practice, every trial. I can't do it!'
Well Formula One IS boring.
The Dowager was determined though – as she invariably is. She never really addressed the trauma Mary had suffered seeing Talbot's colleague Charlie Rogers die at the wheel, much like her husband Matthew (albeit more slowly).
Instead the Dowager declared: 'I believe in rules and tradition and playing our part. But there is something else. I believe in LOVE.'
And with this, Lady Mary's objections to marrying Henry Talbot instantly vanished, as if Julian Fellowes couldn't wait to get it over with.
'I'm not sure why I fought it,' she told Henry. 'But I've stopped fighting it now.'
'You look nice, by the way': In the end, Lady Edith had only nice things to say when it all worked out swimmingly for her mean sister Lady Mary on her wedding day
'You look nice, by the way': In the end, Lady Edith had only nice things to say when it all worked out swimmingly for her mean sister Lady Mary on her wedding day
All's well that ends well: After a near-miss, Mary finally walked down the aisle with Henry Talbot
All's well that ends well: After a near-miss, Mary finally walked down the aisle with Henry Talbot
'Oh darling, thank God for you!' Talbot groveled – which Fellowes presumably thought was speaking for us all.
As luck would have it, he had a wedding licence on him and an uncle who was a bishop.
'There they go! A new couple in a new world!' cheered the Earl at the church five minutes later, having seemingly changed his mind about their social standing.
She even had Edith's blessing, if only because, Edith explained to her (and us), 'you're my sister. In the end only we will remember Sybil or mama or papa, or Matthew or Michael, or granny or Carson, until our shared memories will mean more than our mutual dislike.'
Mary repeated she was sorry - almost meaning it this time. 'I don't know why I did it.'
Her happy ending: Mary got what she wanted in the end, after much dithering 
Her happy ending: Mary got what she wanted in the end, after much dithering 
'You were unhappy so you wanted me to be unhappy too,' Edith stated flatly (correctly). 'Now you're happy, you'll be nicer. For a while.'
It was a damning verdict but even now Edith was reduced to telling Mary: 'you look nice by the way.'
After the devastating blows of losing Bertie and her chance of becoming a Marchioness, we had seen Edith gamely recovering in London, working away on her little magazine The Toff.
The final scene showed her smiling as she watched Marigold, George, and Sybbie playing in the churchyard.
So Edith was fine after all, which meant Mary supposedly wasn't that bad. Everything was forgiven.
After all, it was only Hexham. 


Recap from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3309619/Mary-shatters-Edith-s-wedding-plans-marries-beau-Julian-Fellowes-refused-sides-series-finale-Downton-Abbey-Jim-Shelley.html#ixzz3qwqoxoNr


 

November 01, 2015

Downton Abbey 6 - Episode SEVEN


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The final season of "Downton Abbey" is about to end, and with it the lives of the Crawleys. In this week's episode, the show runners have focussed on the eldest daughter of the Crawley family, and her relationship with her new love interest, Henry Talbot (Matthew Goode).
In Episode 6, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) finally kissed Henry during a romantic walk home after dinner. This was certainly a happy moments for fans, who've been speculating for months about Lady Mary's love life in Season 6. However, she is fascinated but still sceptical about Henry.
In the promo for Episode 7, Lady Mary talks to her lady's maid, Anna (Joanne Froggatt) about her car racing partner, and asks if people can live happily ever after even with their differences. 
The promo also depicts the Crawleys at a car racing event. Lady Mary shares an intimate kiss with Henry before the race begins and appears to be very happy. However, the promo gives an omnious warning that things might go awry. 
In an interview, Michelle Dockery hinted that her new relationship might not last. "What appears to be a good relationship for Mary, seemingly moving in the right direction, takes a cruel turn that sends Mary to a dark place again," she told Metro. 
Episode 7 will also focus on Thomas Barrow (Rob Collier-James). The under butler at Downton, might not have to live in fear as his name gets cleared by his friend, Andy. In the  teaser, Andy says that Barrow has been helping him read and write, dispelling Mrs. Patmore's concerns that the two are in a relationship. However, it remains to be seen if this revelation helps Barrow secure his place at the estate. 

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October 25, 2015

DOWNTON ABBEY 6 - Episode 6

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ITV's Downton Abbey is full of turbulent relationships and various character arcs but rarely discussed is the bond between mother Violet Crawley and her daughter Lady Rosamund Painswick. As the much-loved period drama draws to a close, actress Samantha Bond, who plays widow Rosamund, reflects on the dynamic between the pair.
Since the death of her husband Marmaduke Painswick, Rosamund has busied herself with the family of her brother Robert Grantham, including nieces Lady Edith and Lady Mary. However, Bond, 53, is most fond of Rosamund's closeness with her mother, the Dowager Countess, played by Maggie Smith.
Speaking to the IBTimes UK about the relationship between the characters, Rosamund said: "I think the wonderful thing about both Rosamund and Violet – I think there is some element of Rosamund that is cut from the same cloth and she is her mother's daughter and the product of her upbringing.
"But what's gorgeous in both of them and our being able to play it is that they both reveal at various points, quite unexpectedly at times, a quite softer and warmer side. Mags [Maggie Smith] has incredible moments of modernity and a modern approach, which can be very surprising."

October 18, 2015

Downton Abbey 6 - Episode FIVE

Lady Edith to find love again?


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Ever since the British period drama "Downton Abbey" premiered with it's season 6, love and relationships have become the central focus of the plot. If Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) tied the knot with Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan), Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) found herself an interesting suitor in London. And while most members of the estate are entangled in a romantic relationship of some capacity, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) should not be left out. Perhaps that's why the latest episode of "Downton Abbey" will focus on the eldest daughter of the Crawleys. 
In episode 5, Lady Mary and Tom Branson (Allen Leech) will spend a day at a car racing tournament. In the teaser released at the end of episode 4, the two discuss the danger attached to racing, and Lady Mary appears to be apprehensive about her new love interest, Henry Talbot's fascination with speed.  In the promo, she tells her brother-in-law, Tom Branson that she does see the futility of it. Nevertheless, we can sympathise with Lady Mary. After all, she lost her husband, Matthew Crawley in a car accident. 
While Lady Mary engages herself in an adventurous activity, her sister, Lady Edith isn't far behind. The latter goes on a date with estate agent, Bertie Pelham, and is usual with the Brits, he is awfully polite and considerate of Lady Edith's thoughts on where they should meet. He tells her that it is her evening out as well and she should share her ideas.
While the Crawley sisters flirt with romance, back in Downton, things spiral out of control between the Dowager (Maggie Smith) and her arch nemesis, Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton). In the previous episodes, the two fought about the autonomy of the local hospital. While the Dowager is a firm believer that the hospital shouldn't be given to the hospital at York, Mrs. Crawley feels otherwise. We predict that their tussle will continue and perhaps get a little ugly in episode 5.
The official synopsis for episode 5: 
"Violet invites Neville Chamberlain, minister of health, to dine at Downton Abbey as part of her scheme to quash plans for the takeover of the hospital. The evening proves distressing for everyone. Mrs Patmore, Daisy and Andy help Mr Mason to move into Yew Tree Farm and Andy finds an unexpected confidant in Thomas. Mary and Tom go to watch Henry Talbot test drive a new car, but Mary is not convinced she has met her match. Edith has a date with Bertie Pelham in London. Denker is in trouble with Violet and Spratt is forced to help her. Mrs Hughes is finding it difficult to please Mr Carson and Mary senses she has been kept in the dark about a family secret."


October 11, 2015

Downton Abbey 6 - Episode FOUR


Downton Abbey series 6, episode 4 TV review: A credible and story-serving nostalgia fest

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this if you haven’t seen episode 4 of series 6 of Downton Abbey

October 04, 2015

Downton Abbey 6 - Episode THREE

Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes reach the altar after slow-burning love story


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Viewers of Downton Abbey have been wishing for downstairs employees Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes to get together since season one and the couple have finally reached the altar. Jim Carter, who plays the butler, believes the audience have "latched" onto the love story as it has been a slow-burner.
Episode three of the ITV period drama's season six saw the couple's wedding take place, putting a happy ending to what has possibly been the show's sweetest romance. Speaking to the IBTimes UK in London in September 2015, Carter, 67, explained why Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes' storyline has proved to be so popular. The actor said: "People seem to have latched onto Carson and Mrs Hughes, maybe it's [because] they're just the old people.
"We're being willed towards the wedding altar by everybody. The butler is a classic figure in British film and TV with Jeeves and Worcester, Batman's got an English butler… so there's a lot of goodwill going towards butlers. People are into the idea of this slow-burning romance of Carson and Mrs Hughes, that seems to have caught people's imagination."




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Downton Abbey: Mrs Hughes (right) getting ready for her wedding to Mr Carson with Anna Bates and Mrs Patmore (left and middle)

In the premiere episode of season six, viewers will remember the conversation between Mr Carson and downstairs cook Mrs Patmore about his intentions in the bedroom with Mrs Hughes, played by Phyllis Logan. It made for an awkward yet ultimately hilarious scene and Carter says it was probably "unrealistic" that the issue of sex between the older couple would have been discussed.
He admitted: "That was a bit alarming, would that have ever happened? You've got to know what's going to happen in the bedroom I suppose. [I] did wonder whether they ever would have been brave enough to film those things really. In reality would they have discussed that, I don't know. But it was an effective scene.
"Those scenes with Mrs Patmore coming to [Carson] and saying Mrs Hughes wants to know the terms under which you're getting married, they were just a treat to play. They were well-written and it's enjoyable to do those little two-hander scenes when you can just quietly get on with it. Seeing it on screen, it seemed to work. I think it was very unlikely that it would have happened, but I think it did work on screen."

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Each season of Downton Abbey has certainly brought its fair share of dramatic love stories and Carter believes the main appeal is the show's ability to include romances of all ages, a credit, he says, to writer Julian Fellowes. Carter explained: "One of the reasons that it's successful is that it's dealt with romance at all ages. Maggie, bless her, had a romance with a Russian.
"Me and Mrs Hughes, Lady Edith, Anna Bates, everybody has been involved with a difficult love story in some respects. Different people latch onto different ones. Julian [Fellowes] said he was pursued around a book shop in America by a woman who eventually grabbed him and said, 'Please, let Lady Edith be happy!' People are desperate for Carson and Mrs Hughes to get together."