I’ve never been too focused or obsessed with the British Royalty like many people my age appear to be (although I must admit that I have had a crush on Prince William since I was six and I now have a girl crush on his wife!).
The British fever, however, has recently struck me in the way of Downton Abbey.
If you have not seen the show- you must! Really, even if you dislike period pieces…. trust me on this one.
This show beautifully unfolds the story of a British aristocratic family the Crawley’s. It begins with an issue regarding the future heir of the stunning estate of Downton and as the story develops and the characters come alive, we see their entertaining and real reactions to historical events. The aristocratic feel is softly juxtaposed with the life of the downstairs help. A wonderful butler, a hilarious cook, beautiful hand maidens, whose stories will have you laughing, crying, and yelling and/or throwing things at the TV.
Below you will find some of the best moments of the show according to moi; hopefully they will infect you with the same British fever I’ve been suffering of lately.
1. Maggie Smith as Granny.
Okay , so it’s not a particular moment but she is fantastic! She despises change and anything that comes along with it- electricity, work, week-ends- you name it! She has a witty and wonderful response for everything! She’s every bit old-fashioned but endearing.
2.Lady Sybil and her early feminist ways
She is lobbying for female suffrage and begins wearing pants- you need to see Granny’s reaction to that!
3. Matthew & Lady Mary.
But specifically Lady Mary’s grace and class. Her strong willed personality is the perfect amalgamation of any one of Jane Austen’s stubborn yet lovely female characters with the class of princess Kate. A wonderful combination!
4. The cook’s- Mrs. Patmore -fits of rage, her love affair and her accent.
So there you have it.
An intriguingly hillarious yet moving show that will have you speaking like a Brit in no time!
If you start watching it, let me know what you think!
P.S. If you become as obsessed as I am you will certainly enjoy these:
– The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook
–Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
-and for you comic book lovers : Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Deconton Abbey: A Parody of Downton Abbey