Tonight is the long awaited return of Downton Abbey! I am sooo sooooo excited. NPR gave up all stories about world events this past week to cover all-Downton-Abbey-all-the-time. Did anything happen in the news this past week? I wouldn't know.
It's been a long gap since season two for us Americans so the refreshers were helpful. My family in England started watching the third season in October but they have been very good about not posting spoilers on Facebook, for which I am very grateful.
If you have never seen the show and want to know what it's all about, I made a little guide for you. There are some spoilers, but nothing major.
First, some important facts:
1. It is Downton, not Downtown Abbey. So just stop saying that now.
2. The show takes place early in the 20th century, back when meals were an elaborate production and you were either a noble or a servant. There was no in-between. None. This show has undone anything my history teachers taught me.
3. Lord Grantham (head of the household) takes great pride in his role as head of the house which he always refers to as simply "Downton." Where he (or any other nobles) got his money from, I have no idea. I've never understood this. There's no way of knowing. Investments? Inheritance?
Jimmy Fallon did a great job impersonating Lord Grantham in this sketch:
4. Lady Grantham is an American. She's a nice, understated woman who seems to have adapted to her fancy British lifestyle with great aplomb.
5. It's on PBS. You may need to give yourself time to find that channel since you probably never watch it for anything else. (Burn.)
6. The theme song is really good. It's dramatic, passionate, and oddly enough, sounds a lot like the X-Files theme song. I almost always play air piano to it when it's on because that's how I roll. In fact, I play air instruments whenever a song really speaks to me. My sister, Katherine, claims I have no idea how an actual guitar is played based on my air guitar. But when she tried to show me, I hated it. Way too restrictive. My air guitar goes all the way up and down the (air) strings. Way better that way. Anyway, here's the theme song if you want to listen to it while you read about some of the main characters.
Here's a short guide to some of the main characters. I know these pictures are small, but just click on them to enlarge.
Do you watch the show? Who are your favorite and least favorite characters?
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