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The Most Happy Fellowes
Vanity Fair, by David Kamp

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Posted By:StormCnter, 11/10/2012 5:42:53 AM

To go “belowstairs” at Downton Abbey, one doesn’t actually descend any stairs, but, rather, enters into a drafty, warehouse-like building at Ealing Studios, in West London. This is where many of the interior scenes for Downton Abbey, the TV show, are filmed. On an afternoon last spring, the set in use was the servants’ hall. Gathered at a long, plain dining table familiar to viewers of the series were the dastardly footman Thomas, the glowering lady’s maid O’Brien, the saintly head housemaid Anna, and assorted lesser drudges in the employ of the Crawley family. They were talking over tea—

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Reply 1 - Posted by: JLoophole, 11/10/2012 6:13:10 AM     (No. 9004498)

We both love this show. So do many people we know.

I read early on that the director of PBS actually "dumbed down" the British version for Americans, because she felt the Brit version was too demanding for the critical thinking skills over here.

This from the deep thinkers at PBS. What does that say about her view of her own channel´s audience.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: doodah, 11/10/2012 6:35:52 AM     (No. 9004519)

My girls and I love this show. Can´t wait for January for the sequel. Thanks for the insight! Always thought Elizabeth McGovern was an American.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/10/2012 6:37:58 AM     (No. 9004524)

I certainly hope the director finds a different way for Elizabeth McGovern to express emotions. I´m tired of the cow-eyes.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rather Read, 11/10/2012 6:45:53 AM     (No. 9004533)

I love this show. I always buy the British DVD rather than give PBS a viewer. Catty of me, but after this election I am doing my little part to stick it to the Man.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Judith, 11/10/2012 6:58:35 AM     (No. 9004550)

I´ve been watching the Midwives series and find it charming. There is a basic goodness about that series that makes you feel good at the end of the show.
Downtown Abbey has a majority of people, it seems to me, that are not very pleasant. Either the bad guys are stronger characters or have bigger scripts, or the good is just sort of weak and pathetic. I still watch the series, but when it is over, I don´t really feel good about the time spent, whereas The Midwives leaves a pleasant afterglow.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: nonsense, 11/10/2012 9:04:27 AM     (No. 9004786)

Something good to enjoy during the dark, depressing, destructive years of the Obama regime.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: philly_patriot, 11/10/2012 10:03:42 AM     (No. 9004937)

While it´s true as others have said, we do need something to keep all of us from jumping off the cliff ........ I myself have been reading ´set aside´ mysteries and fiction. [I refuse to turn on FOX News, and have been getting all my news from the Net].

I must ask, risking putting a damper on this interesting article for Downton Abby aficionados but ........ isn´t this the same magazine that wrote a ´fluff´ glowing article on Syria´s Assad´s wife?.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: maggie2u, 11/10/2012 10:06:26 AM     (No. 9004945)

OP, thanks for posting. I always like reading ´behind the scenes´ stories. They´re as interesting as the story.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: jorgecito, 11/10/2012 12:00:57 PM     (No. 9005225)

I must be missing something that others appreciate. Had high expectations for this series, but found it utterly unwatchable.

The acting is terrible and the story lines strike me as amateurish and silly.

My spouse and I were big fans of the old "Upstairs, Downstairs." Not too keen on the new version of that either.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: TXknitter, 11/10/2012 4:03:00 PM     (No. 9005650)

#4, me too and the British DVD is better.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Susannah, 11/10/2012 4:15:21 PM     (No. 9005668)

#7, that was Vogue.

I enjoyed this article. The two books by Fellowes, "Snobs" and "Past Imperfect," are very good, although I thought "Snobs" was better written.

"Gosford Park" I tried to watch twice, and nearly died of boredom both times.

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