Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Downton Abbey

If you fell in love with the  fabulous Masterpiece Theater series, Downton Abbey, like I did, you will be delighted to know that the Library has purchased the DVDs of  the historical drama. The series takes place before World War I in England. Downton Abbey is the splendid country estate of the Crawley family. The stories revolve around their lives as well as the turbulent lives of the servants below stairs. The indomitable Maggie Smith enlivens the cast with withering zingers and crisp comments. After being startled by a swivel chair she makes a comment about new-fangled gadgets. The lawyer she is visiting explains that actually Thomas Jefferson invented the swivel chair quite awhile ago. Not one to be rebuked Dame Smith responds, "Can't one day go by without a fight with an American?"
The cast is stellar, the clothes magnificent, the story-line is involving, and the dialogue is lovely. Don't miss Downton Abbey.

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