Downton Abbey has been a towering television drama series from the UK. It’s successes come from an excellent writer and actor/actress relationship bringing the most from what has been given. NBC Entertainment President Robert Greenblatt announced at the Television Critics Association press tour that Julian Fellowes would be headed to New York to start writing the new series, “The Gilded Age.” Early when asked about this he stated that he would only start writing “The Gilded Age” only when Downton Abbey was over. When pressed about the issue, Fellowes stated that the show wasn’t going to go on forever. Even though it hasn’t been completely determined that Downton Abbey will end after season 6, everything is pointing to that being the case.
Fans of the hit British television show series Downton Abbey will be sorely pissed as it has come to our attention that the new television series, “The Gilded Age,” will be at the forefront of Julian Fellowes mind. Seeing that Julian Fellowes writes every single episode, without him to keep up the series, it looks like season 6 will be the very end of Downton Abbey.
Although we have come to respect and admire Downton Abbey, it shouldn’t be a total loss as “The Gilded Age” will follow the typical plot line. The difference between the storyline is that the show will take place in the late nineteenth century that follows the lives of American millionaires. WoooHoooo, another show that admires the rich!
Even though this isn’t a 100% guarantee, it seem like this has become a priority for them and moving “The Gilded Age” forward. It has been looming in the dark for the past two years and I feel that Fellowes is ready to move on.
Saturday, April 18th, the Habitat for Humanity is putting on a gala now named, “2015 Building Hope Gala: An Evening at Downton Abbey,” to benefit low income homes in Montgomery County for the past 25 years. Habitat for Humanity will also be celebrating their 100th home. The guest seating is limited to 500 people.
Downton Abbey has become a cultural phenomenon amongst women since its airing. Although what Habitat for Humanity is doing for the people in its area is exceptional to say the least, it’s particularly striking that they have a Gala theme that represents the complete opposite of what they are actually doing. Forty community volunteers sat down to a “proper tea” to discuss how they would accomplish this task.
Past themed gala was “The Wizard of Oz,” but declined to do “The Great Gatsby” because it was to ‘decadent.’ For those that know the Great Gatsby story, it explains the hardship of a love you once had that you may never get back and that money doesn’t buy happiness. Frankly, the suitability between The Great Gatsby and Downton Abbey isn’t much far off.
Hopefully, the gala is a success bringing in more volunteers and enough money to continue the phenomenal work they do.
Hold the presses, hold the presses! If you haven’t heard about Joanne Froggatts award for being best supporting actress, well you just heard it here. Furthermore and in my own respect and importance, Highclere castle is opening its doors and taking reservations for one of two guest cabins. That is right, now you can stay at the luxurious castle where the television series is filmed. The cost for this excursion per night is $550, a small price to pay to be so close to television royalty. If you are unable to fly over the pond for this type of trip, there are other trip you can take. Georgia’s Sea Island is rated the top resort destination in the south where they will be placing on a costume party and proper English dinner. The English dinner will be $250 per head and Laura Carmichael (“Lady Edith”) as well as Kevin Doyle (footman “Joseph Molesley”) and Raquel Cassidy (“Phyllis Baxter,” Lady Grantham’s maid) are expected to be in attendance during the weekend. So if you are looking for some serious Downton Action where the show just isn’t enough, these are two really good offers.
There is a change among Downton. Witnesses to the change in times and a dawn of a new age that falls on the region. Some may be more optimistic while others are pessimistic. With the changing times comes changes within Downton. As we do recall, Jimmy was found in bed by Lord Grantham with a guest. Although not proper, how will the two clash this episode? With that being said, we will also confront somewhat Lady Edith and her feelings towards her lover. We know from last episode that Lady Edith found a book that belonged to her lover. Will some speculation come from this? What is occurring within Downton all at once is something very peculiar and odd. It’s quite shocking how everything could come crashing down at once on so many characters. And although there are lots of secrets within the confines, will they ever see the light and if so, what will be done? We look forward to episode 2 and entire season. Below is a 71 seconds episode 2 video clips.
Allen Leech, who plays the role of chauffeur Tom Branson in the PBS British hit television show series Downton Abbey, has a way with accents. The native Irish born has used a mixture of English, Scottish, and Irish accents to whew his viewers. Playing a World War II code breaker, Leech uses what is called a ‘scotch lilt’ (The Imitation Game).
During some of Leech’s scenes where Tom confronts a nanny who inappropriately disciplines his daughter, he uses his well versed Fellowes impression saying, “I don’t think another death on our hands is what we need.” When asked about his uncanny ability to switch accents, he explained that never would he pull that accent in front of Fellowes unless he got fired.
Not only is Leech good looking or his character role, but his accent is something that has drawn viewers to the now lead character. One can almost look at Tom Branson’s character as traversing the social hierarchy in front of our eyes, the ugly duckling becoming a beautiful swan. For those reading and hoping that Leech’s character doesn’t run away from his duties, you mustn’t be afraid, Allen Leech is going nowhere, he has become apart of the estate.
This being stated, Tom Branson has traveled through many arenas since the passing of his wife. Alone with his child, now a re-ignition of purpose and socio-political fire has come somewhat flooding back into him. Through the help of Sarah Bunting, played by Daisy Lewis, Leech’s character is seriously mulling over his life in America with his daughter. With the family still not quite grabbing at his foot heels to get him back, his character looks forward to where he can find love and needs the acceptance of the family.
For those of our United States audience that missed the series 5 opener last night, well, you missed some succulent clips. Yesterday January 4th, Downton Abbey Season 5 amped up once again in the United States to give the viewers the fix they have been craving. The episode opens with Lady Edith on her way to visit her daughter, who she had out of wedlock, Marigold. She left Marigold with a farmer Tim Drewe and told him a lie that he very well knew. Not being a problem, Tim made it quite apparent that Edith should probably take a little more interest in her child and eventually adopt her. Not sure if that will ever come to pass seeing she did have premarital sex and to place the cherry on top, did have Marigold out of that occurrence.
We turn to Lady Mary, times are changing and the last time we met her she was being tugged between Charles Blake and Tony Gillingham. It seems that in this episode, Tony has come back for personal reasons and does make an entrance at Robert and Cora’s 34th anniversary. Mary explains to Tony that she loves him and without much hesitation (behind closed doors) he asks her to spend time together as each others lovers for a week. Which is kind of funny seeing Mary just had this secret conversation. Lastly, we see little Jimmy bringing the heat. It seems the widower, Lady Anstruther, has a little something for the footman. When her care mysteriously breaks down in front of Downton, we can only guess what happens next. They are found by Richard boots up in bed. They were caught when a fire broke out and Richard was going room to room. As a result, Jimmy is fired because it was unprofessional. And the fact that we are in a period in which looking at women in certain full length clothing is scandalous.
January is one of those months we make our teeth grind. Filled with New Years resolutions (i.e. Back on that treadmill we go) and empty pockets from the holidays greetings, for some of us, there isn’t much to be very happy about. For the United States, one thing is for sure, Downton abbey is back for season 5 and we all have something to savor for.
The premiere of downton abbey season 5 for most of us will be the treat we need to make it not only through the work week, but through the new years resolutions we all promised ourselves. No more cupcake parlors, no more chipotle, no more ben and jerry’s chocolate fudge brownie ice cream, and certainly no more over indulgence in starbucks.. because we are trying to make a statement this year.
With that being said, the one thing we all do not have to extricate from our lives is the brand new episodes of Downton. If you haven’t been following the facebook page (which is good on you), then you will be in for many treats. Furthermore, unlike the past Christmas Specials, this one comes with quite the goodies.
We electric slide into the ‘Jazz Age’ in the heart of 1924. A noticeable face emerges, an American actor that goes by a very familiar name. For some of us, we aren’t impressed. While for others, it couldn’t have come fast enough. Hopefully, you all have revisited season 4 catching the tidbits that will condense and manifest in this seasons episodes. There are many questions to be asked including Tom Branson and Lady Mary. Also, is there some other courting in the midst? We are still on the edges of our couches (remove the popcorn and the chocolate fudge brownie morsels) waiting to for this series to yield its wondrous nectar.
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