|All the presentable servants-poor Daisy's not included!|
I love January this year! Normally, January is a very cold, dreary month in this part of Ontario, Canada (for me anyway) but this year it is Downton Month! Can PBS arrange their schedule so that next year has something equally amazing to look forward to every Sunday night in January? I'd say it sounds like a good cure for Seasonal Affective Disorder wouldn't you?
So, my head is spinning after last night's episode. Poor Lady Mary, she really did have an exciting time of it last night. And I must say, I really enjoyed the almost constant looks of consternation on Maggie Smith's face as the Dowager Countess had to deal with Matthew's mother over the hospital issues. Gwen, the housemaid had me rooting for her and her little typewriter. I did wonder, however, how she was practicing typing without anyone knowing about it. And I must say, I am liking Lady Mary and Lady Sybill more and liking Lady Edith much less. I mean really, throwing herself at Matthew like that...really! And I thought Lady Mary treated poor Evelyn Napier rather poorly when her head was turned by the Turkish diplomat...you know...whatshisname. Oh, well, Mr. Napier is in the recurring character category so we can hope to see him again perhaps.
|Dame Maggie Smith as the formidable Dowager Countess|
If you need help keeping the names and numbers of all the players straight, the list below may help. I got the info from Wikipedia, but there are major plot spoilers on the Downton Abbey page (think Wiki leaks for Period Drama), so do not go there if you haven't seen the entire series.
|Dame Maggie Smith||Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham|
|Hugh Bonneville||Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham|
|Elizabeth McGovern||Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham|
|Penelope Wilton||Mrs Isobel Crawley|
|Dan Stevens||Matthew Crawley|
|Michelle Dockery||Lady Mary Crawley|
|Laura Carmichael||Lady Edith Crawley|
|Jessica Brown-Findlay||Lady Sybil Crawley|
|David Robb||Dr. Clarkson||Family Doctor|
|Robert Bathurst||Sir Anthony Strallen||Family friend and Lady Edith's romance|
|Brendan Patricks||The Honourable Evelyn Napier||A possible husband for Lady Mary|
|Samantha Bond||Lady Rosamond Painswick||Lord Grantham's sister|
|Charlie Cox||Duke of Crowborough||Family friend and Thomas' lover|
|Jonathan Coy||Mr George Murray||Lord Grantham's lawyer|
|Nicky Henson||Mr Charles Grigg||Former friend of Carson's|
|The Earl and Countess of Grantham|
In Downton Abbey news, ITV in Britain has commissioned a Downton Christmas special to air after season two in the fall of 2011 finishes. Yippee!!! Christmas at Downton. I can't wait! Lord only knows when we will get them over here, but if Masterpiece/PBS is smart, it will try for sooner and not later.
And finally, with respect to the Golden Globes, yay to Colin Firth for winning best actor. I watched the Golden Globes pre-show and the first hour before I switched to Downton Abbey and then back for the final half hour of the GGs. Heaven forbid he get a Harley Davidson and risk his life! We need many more years of film making Colin...