Looking for that once-in-a-lifetime gift for the ‘Downton Abbey’ super fan in the family? If so, how about booking a magical summer evening on the stunning grounds of Highclere Castle, listening to beautiful music from the series performed by the Chamber Orchestra of London?
The fourth and final season will speed through the Durrells’ remaining time on the picturesque island of Corfu taking viewers all the way to 1939. According to Keeley Hawes, who plays the Durrells’ matriarch, Louisa, things will get “dark” as the family’s idyllic life is interrupted by the outbreak of World War II.
The concept of killing off a major character, generally unheard of in American television drama, is nothing new when it comes to quality British drama series such as ‘Spooks’ or even ‘Downton Abbey.’ Unfortunately, job security at AC-12 for ‘Line of Duty’ actors is somewhat like being a kicker in American football.
Season 9 will be a challenging one for both Martin and Louisa. The Doc’s career hangs in the balance with his future as a GP under scrutiny from the General Medical Council following complaints about his rather brusque approach to patients. Louisa has resigned from her job as headmistress at the local school to pursue a new career in child counseling.
One of the more lovable and memorable characters in ‘Victoria’ was Queen Victoria’s King Charles Spaniel, Dash, played by Tori. In an earlier role that probably was instrumental in securing her face time in ‘Victoria,’ Tori also played Dash back in the 2009 film ‘The Young Victoria’ starring Emily Blunt.
The recommissioning of the series would have seemed like a no-brainer at this point, given that it was recently voted the fourth-greatest British crime drama of all time in a poll conducted by Radio Times. But these days, you never know until the official announcement is made.