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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."