Downton Abbey renews lease for another year!

Even though this is not unexpected news, conventional wisdom usually dictates that you withhold any celebratory emotions until you actually read the news in print. That said, you can celebrate away as, according to reports, the news came this past Thursday from ITV in the UK that Downton Abbey, the audience mega-hit seen on ITV […]

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The music of a PBS 'Masterpiece', Case Histories

The PBS Masterpiece presentation, Case Histories, has definitely taken viewers minds off the fact that there are still 76 days until the premiere of Downton Abbey 2 on January 8, 2012. Two episodes into the 3-part series starring Jason Isaacs as private investigator Jackson Brodie has generated not only strong viewing numbers but significant viewer […]

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Downton Abbey 2 takes a hit from critics

From the Department of Life’s Lonely at the Top comes news out of the Downton Abbey 2 camp that the second series is coming under fire not only from avid viewer critics but also the editor of the Oxford English Dictionary himself. Mirroring the uproar caused by brief visual glimpses of an extraneous television aerial […]

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Downton Abbey…Ghosts in Highclere Castle?

With a mere 91 days and a few hours to go before the PBS Masterpiece premiere of Downton Abbey 2, the UK reached the mid-point of the critically-acclaimed second series last night. Joanne Froggatt, who plays the clever and resourceful Anna, the highest ranking of the lower female servants, might have had a few additional inhabitants […]

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Downton Abbey: Are you more upstairs or downstairs?

Ever since Downton Abbey premiered on ITV1 in the UK and PBS in the States, some of the most interesting pub talk centered on the question of ‘what character do you identify with more’, those who occupy the upstairs or the downstairs of Downton Abbey? While many fashioned themselves as a closet Dowager Countess or […]

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Christmas cliffhanger = Downton Abbey 3?

As the UK inches towards the conclusion of the highly-anticipated and delivering on every moment second series of Downton Abbey, the States are still in the highly-anticipating mode as the second set is not scheduled to premiere until Sunday, January 8, 2012 as part of PBS’ Masterpiece series. Whether you are in the ever-patiently waiting […]

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It's a Dickens 2012 telly celebration

With the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth nearly upon us (February 2012), there are numerous festivals, exhibitions and educational activities planned for 2012. Two of the most eagerly awaited events from my perspective, however, will be those that find their way to the telly in December leading up to the year-long celebration. Bleak Expectations […]

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Ashes to Ashes, Spooks, Downton Abbey and more….

Need an Audi Quattro? Going once, going twice…. Ok, maybe not THE Audi Quattro, but some of the set pieces from the brilliant BBC series, Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes starring Philip Glenister will go on the auction block this coming Friday, 23 September at the Merlin Theatre in Somerset. DCI Hunt, himself, […]

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And the winner is….Downton Abbey x 4!

Ok, I know the traditional comment is to say that it’s just an honor to be nominated, it’s got to feel really amazing to win. That said, Downton Abbey must be on top of the world at the moment. If you went to bed early on Sunday evening, you’re probably asking why at this point. […]

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Spooks: What we've learned in 10 years

To the lucky ones on the planet in the UK sitting down in front of the telly tonight at 9:00pm with the enviable viewing choice of either the new seaon of ITV’s Downton Abbey or the final season of Spooks on BBC One. The Guardian put it best by saying that, “…in Downton Abbey, you […]

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