Getting to know your Dowager Countess, a.k.a. Dame Maggie Smith

As Planet Earth prepares for the final series of Downton Abbey which begins on Sunday (3 January) on PBS’ Masterpiece series, if, like the Dowager Countess herself, you haven’t seen the series, it’s quite possible that you’d be surprised to know that the Dowager Countess was not Dame Maggie Smith’s first role. When it comes […]

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How about a little Dinner Party Drama from ‘Downton Abbey’ this Thanksgiving

While Thanksgiving isn’t officially celebrated in the UK, it has gained a bit of momentum in recent years with a number of restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner and an increasing number of festivals, including the Harvest Festival where Brits give thanks for food and the year’s harvest. Downton Abbey is no exception when it comes to multi course […]

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Downton Abbey profile: Mrs. Patmore

U.S. members of Downton Abbey-Nation are waking up daily to the realization that every day Planet Earth rotates on its’ axis means we are one day closer to the Sunday, January 3, 2016 return of the most-watched drama in the history of PBS. What better way to keep our collective separation anxiety at bay than to take […]

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Post-Dowager Countess, Dame Maggie Smith is ‘The Lady in the Van’

Now that Downton Abbey has come to an end (from a filming standpoint, anyway), Dame Maggie Smith will be swapping her trademark Dowager Countess attire for a knit cap and dirty raincoat for her forthcoming role in playwright Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van. In the film adaptation of his hit West End play, The Lady in the […]

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How to win an argument — ‘Downton Abbey’ style

For the past 5+ years, those who have watched every second of Downton Abbey have seen the best of times and the worst of times. It’s the instances that brilliantly combine both the best and the worst of times where you fondly remember the good old days of Dallas and Dynasty with the witty banter […]

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A few ‘Downton Abbey’ 6 bits and bobs just for you…

With Planet Earth’s favorite British period drama drawing to a close, most likely, on Christmas Day in the UK, filming has begun on what will be the tentative definite final farewell to the Crawleys, the Granthams and those who work for them. As you can imagine, in a technologically advanced world that would make the […]

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