Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Hearts and Hangovers - Downton Christmas Special!

Oh my - wasn't the Downton Abbey Christmas Special just wonderful? (American viewers might want to look away now, to avoid SPOILERS.)

First of all...AT LAST! Mrs Hughes and Carson - I have been waiting years, literally, for one of them to express their feelings to the other. And, in keeping with both characters, it was done with dignity. I can't wait to see how their relationship plays out during the next season.

On a sadder note, I really felt for the Dowager Countess and her Russian Prince - what a life led by duty which, she nevertheless felt, had kept her on the straight and narrow. The core of the Countess' no-nonsense personality came through when she explained why she'd felt grateful to the Prince's wife. In spite of her young broken heart, in hindsight she could see that pursuing a forbidden passion would have led to a shameful, unstable existence. I do hope, contrary to her belief, that she still has time to receive another indecent proposal.

I was relieved to see Anna released from prison, although wary at the possibility that she might eventually have to go back. For me this storyline is dragging and I'd rather the Bates couple move on from this intermittent misery and the memory of vile Green be buried forever - how about a pregnancy please?!

A delight of this episode was seeing Lord Crawley a bit tipsy - scenes perfectly played by the equally delightful Hugh Bonneville.  It almost made up for seeing Branson leave. He'll be missed by viewers and fellow fictional characters no doubt. I hope he returns one day.

So all in all, a super show, which left me feeling good and wanting more. Roll on autumn 2015!


  1. One of the nicest bits for me was to see Lady Edith (my utter, utter fave - I adore her!) with the possibility of love in her life again. Typically boring Monotone Mary attracted the typically boring Chinless Wonder (yawn) but Edith's potential new beau was interesting, attractive, and it was lovely to see her lighting up again.

    I too was glad about Mrs Hughes and Mr Carson, it was beautifully done. And Robert's scenes were great. I sat upright and bellowed "WHAT?!" when the announcer said it would return next Autumn though! I'm sure the time will fly by, just as it has this year, and who knows what will have happened in the meantime, but ... next AUTUMN?! I'd hit the panic button if it wasn't for Mr Selfridge!

    1. LOL, yes but it'll be scary how quickly autumn comes around, Terri, i bet!

      Oh yes, Edith... In the beginning I was never a fan of hers, but she has grown on me and the Marigold storyline has been the making of her.

      I think Mary might have met her match this time with the new beau - I don't think he'll act as keen as the previous two, which is just what she needs.

      *sigh* I can't wait to see what happens next year. And I hope there's another Text Santa episode with George Clooney!

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  3. I cried when Mr. Carson said, "I wouldn't marry anyone else." It's amazing how they get me to feel sorry for Thomas, even though he's evil… good writing. There is no pure black and white. Still hoping for a man to tame Mary a la Kate in taming of the shrew. She's openly rude! Will no one call her on it? And, I miss Isis. When the other dogs from the hunt were let out of the wagon, I was said for His Lordship. In my writer's head, I decided she had pups just before her death and one would live on as Downton's favorite dog.

    1. Carson is wonderful, isn't he Lynn? The writing is superb and really makes you care about the characters - human or animal! Yes, I really hope Mary meets her match although I admire the strength of her character.

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