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Haven't seen a thread for this show, so I thought I'd start one.

I'm not the biggest TV watcher, so I know I've missed out on some good-to-great shows that I'll need to catch up on someday (e.g., Lost, Mad Men).

I've been mondo addicted to 24, and to the Sopranos, and to The Wire. But my addiction to Downton Abbey is second to none of those. Started Season 1 last night and could NOT stop until I'd watched all 7 episodes of Season 1 straight through. Going to pick up tonight with episode 4 of Season 2.

Strongly attached to several of the characters. If Bates and Anna don't finally end up together it will rend my heart in two, lol.

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Oh, it's been mentioned, believe me. :D

I love it - I'm eagerly awaiting the next series. The Christmas 'Special' gave us a few more clues as to how things were going ... but anything could happen.

Don't hold your breath .... after two series, we're none the wiser. :)

Well, actually we are. A bit.

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[quote name='bill horton' timestamp='1327859943' post='2098739']
Haven't seen a thread for this show, so I thought I'd start one.

I'm not the biggest TV watcher, so I know I've missed out on some good-to-great shows that I'll need to catch up on someday (e.g., Lost, Mad Men).

I've been mondo addicted to 24, and to the Sopranos, and to The Wire. But my addiction to Downton Abbey is second to none of those. Started Season 1 last night and could NOT stop until I'd watched all 7 episodes of Season 1 straight through. Going to pick up tonight with episode 4 of Season 2.

Strongly attached to several of the characters. If Bates and Anna don't finally end up together it will rend my heart in two, lol.
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I was forced into watching the Xmas special I was at someone else's house and had no other option. Just to be polite I pretended to be enjoying it but I actually thought it was load of pants. Something it shares with just about every other British TV drama (and soap opera).

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Ah well .... Bill and I love it. That Christmas thingy was just a bit of seasonal fluffiness - it's not ALL about that dark-haired lass and that floppy-haired toff. Not that I'd mind though. :D

You watching the second part of Birdsong tonight JohnF? Or is that pants too?

Now then, tell us again ... isn't it you who watches American Idol and that ilk? Hmmmm ....

Each to their own, eh? ;)

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[quote name='Eileen' timestamp='1327861461' post='2098751']

Now then, tell us again ... isn't it you who watches American Idol and that ilk? Hmmmm ....

Each to their own, eh? ;)
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I might have watched it once or twice maybe but only 'cos it's educational.

I haven't a clue what Birdsong is. Is that a singing competition?

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I hate all this Periodical stuff, but I always really wanted to get in to that one, and so my dad got me the Season 1 Box Set for Xmas there and I watched it in 2 days! (aswell as working and being in college!) it was unhealthilly addicting, and I'm now keeping my eyes out for a cheap S2!

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Yeah, I saw you looking at the thread earlier ... just the sort of retort I was expecting. :)

You'll not know that it told about the First World War and the amount of p*ss poor folk who fought hand in hand with the chinless toffs you so despise.

No matter their 'station', they gave their lives for folk like ... well, you and I.

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[quote name='Growin' Up' timestamp='1327865570' post='2098767']
Deeply insidious crap.
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I hate it when you beat around the bush.

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[quote name='Eileen' timestamp='1327867415' post='2098772']
Yeah, I saw you looking at the thread earlier ... just the sort of retort I was expecting. :)

You'll not know that it told about the First World War and the amount of p*ss poor folk who fought hand in hand with the chinless toffs you so despise.

No matter their 'station', they gave their lives for folk like ... well, you and I.
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Oh, and I fail to see how having an opinion that Downton Abbey is not only terribly poor entertainment but also historically inaccurate and perpetuates the notion that somehow the class system and servitude wasn't entirely bad, equates to being grateful (or not) for the sacrifices made during the Great War.

But, hey ho.

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Birdsong has just finished. Another outstanding BBC Drama.

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Loved Birdsong - lots of silences :lol: but outstanding, nonetheless. The war scenes were wonderfully done (or should I say horrifically?). And it seemed to be shot in that sepia colour, then glorious colour for the other scenes. Very clever.

It'll save me reading the book - Charlotte Gray - the book - (by the same author) drained me!

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I'd been meaning to read Birdsong for ages, glad I didn't cos I didn't have a clue what was gonna happen at the end. I thought, for a moment, that those Germans were gonna finish him off ... ooo was I annoyed. However .... gloriously acted.

Drained? You could've wrung me out like a wet dishcloth afterwards. :D

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Did you see the Charlotte Gray film? Bloomin' awful.

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[quote name='Growin' Up' timestamp='1327870711' post='2098784']
[quote name='Eileen' timestamp='1327867415' post='2098772']
Yeah, I saw you looking at the thread earlier ... just the sort of retort I was expecting. :)

You'll not know that it told about the First World War and the amount of p*ss poor folk who fought hand in hand with the chinless toffs you so despise.

No matter their 'station', they gave their lives for folk like ... well, you and I.
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Oh, and I fail to see how having an opinion that Downton Abbey is not only terribly poor entertainment but also historically inaccurate and perpetuates the notion that somehow the class system and servitude wasn't entirely bad, equates to being grateful (or not) for the sacrifices made during the Great War.

But, hey ho.
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Our house - built 1896 - still has some of the old servants bells in working order. It's nowhere near as big as Downton Abbey of course but this thread has given me an idea for some really fab DA themed party events. I could eventually expand into more specialist areas - annual 'Tradesman's Entrance' event or a 'Ragged Trousered Philanthropist' evening on May Day where they talk politics and paint the interiors - save me having to do it. Hmmm!

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Was just thinking about those kind of bells - there were some on Flog it! earlier. My relatives used to live in a large house in Shandon Crescent, Edimburgh, and the bells were all there, in the back of the house - fabulous.

There were many 'tiers' of society back then, and some folks who worked in big houses tended to think themselves a cut above others. It's not really a matter of how much money you have or what job (or not) you hold down ... its a case of being a snob or not being one. Money doesn't have anything to do with that affliction - you either consider yourself better than somebody else, or you don't.

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[quote name='Eileen' timestamp='1327861461' post='2098751']
Ah well .... Bill and I love it. That Christmas thingy was just a bit of seasonal fluffiness - it's not ALL about that dark-haired lass and that floppy-haired toff. Not that I'd mind though. :D

Each to their own, eh? ;)
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I'm with you and Bill. My husband works for a company where one of his jobs is PBS stuff, so we got DA before most Americans (but a little later than you Brits)...fell in love with the show at first episode.

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[quote name='Eileen' timestamp='1327929838' post='2098914']
Did you see the Charlotte Gray film? Bloomin' awful.
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No! :lol:

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[url="http://news.yahoo.com/shirley-maclaine-join-tv-show-downton-abbey-200811733.html"]http://news.yahoo.com/shirley-maclaine-join-tv-show-downton-abbey-200811733.html[/url]

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I'm utterly in love with Downton Abbey. Sure, it's basically fluff. Gorgeous, well written, beautifully filmed and amazingly acted fluff. And I agree with BH: if Bates and Anna don't wind up my heart will be ripped in two.

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Shirley McClaine and Dame Maggie Smith? oooh, meow.

Warning: The following clip has been given the highest possible swoon rating for fans of Mr. Bates and Anna. Viewer discretion is advised.

http://www.google.com/url?url=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DvorLnBcdmMs&rct=j&sa=X&ei=a0koT9K1B-fo2gWcprnGAg&ved=0CGUQuAIwCw&q=bates+and+anna&usg=AFQjCNHnrQ2Q48FH1VrMLar7_meHS42eDQ

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So glad that I stumbled on this thread! Diane, why didn't you alert me?

Add me to the "crazy about Downton Abbey" group. There are several of us at my library where I work that are nuts about it. My coworker and I even created a display entitled "Can't get enough of Downton Abbey" and filled it with period related books including Birdsong.

You can even enter the Downton Abbey Sweepstakes contest below and win a trip to London and a tour of the house. Auntie, if you win, you have to invite me along as your guest!

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/sweepstakes/

You can even take the "Which character are you?" quiz which is corny but fun. http://www.weta.org/tv/picks/downtonabbey/quiz

Speaking of Birdsong, I read it about 2 years ago and loved it. I saw that it was coming to PBS this year. I found the love story part of the book a bit weak, but the description of the war was griping. I highly recommend it.

Now I'm just chomping at the bit waiting for May to come around so I can see the new Sherlock series. All things Sherlock has become my latest passion (other than Bruce of course).

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I'm John Bates. :)

I'm saving these visits for my dotage. Won't be long now then, eh? ;)

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