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"Downton Abbey"

Thursday, December 15, 2011

 “Downton Abbey” stars Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern (who play Lord and Lady Grantham), and Joanne Froggatt (who plays Anna the downstairs maid) discuss the Emmy-winning series. The eagerly awaited second season of “Downton Abbey” premieres January 8 on PBS's "Masterpiece Classic."

Guests:

Hugh Bonnevillle, Joanne Froggatt and Elizabeth McGovern
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Comments [6]

Janine Thompson from Westchester

We were married at "Downton Abbey" in August 2002. As our guests had dressed "in evening attire" a noticeable behavioural transformation took place. I believe, there is something to be said about upholding a certain sense of formality. I can't be sure that I fancy the :Hey Dude! my young son exclaims at people 20 years his senior. Maybe attire and respect do go hand-in-hand. Perhaps we should just introduce the "morning suit" to NYC. What do you think?

Dec. 15 2011 01:02 PM

The guests have just explained something from my family's history. My paternal grandparents (and before them, my grandfather's brothers and father, my great grandfather) were "in service" on the estate of the Earl of Bradford. My grandparents left at some point -- it must have been when they decided to marry (for reasons involving a "matter of some delicacy" -- the imminent arrival of my oldest aunt). All this was in the period around World War I.

My aunt told me the story of a time when Lord So-and-So came into the butcher's shop on a Saturday morning to pick up sausages or something. "People talked about it for days -- nothing like it had ever happened."

Along came the war, and my father was saved.

It never ceases to amaze me how much of feudal Britain survived even into the time of my parents' childhoods. Astonishing. And then we have nonsense like the recent royal wedding making clear how desperately Britain needs a formal republic even now.

Dec. 15 2011 12:17 PM
Linda from Jersey Shore

Downton Abbey is such a favorite of mine I keep it on my ipad, and when flying I re-watch every episode.

Dec. 15 2011 12:13 PM
lcruz from brooklyn

Downtown abby rules, one of the best series ever. Laura Carmichael & Hugh Bonneville should also get nominated.

love it!

Dec. 15 2011 12:12 PM
Gerald Fnord from Palos Verdes, Ca

Why this attention to the doings of fictional Lords and Ladies? Is there some vile, atavistic would-be forelock-tugger nestled in the heart of many an American?

Dec. 15 2011 10:42 AM
Minoo from New Jersey

I have seen many period dramas in the last couple of years but none of them compares to Downton Abbey. By the way, Julian Fellows should get Mathew and Mary together already, PLEASE. Also, the actress that plays Mary should be nominated as well. Great acting. Sorry her name slips my memory as I am composing this email.

Love, love, love, British dramas. Nothing like
them. British in general are the best in theater, films and music.

Thank you for Downton Abbey and Leonard Lopte Show.

Dec. 15 2011 10:16 AM

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