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Masterpiece: The Downtown Abby

abstract:The whole of January 2011 at Masterpiece is dedicated to a 4-part episode called Downton Abbey. Created and written by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), Downton Abbey, like Fellowes other stories (Listen to an earlier BookBuffet interview with Fellowes around his novel Snobs) gives us a portrait of the intricacies of pomp, pedigree and protocol in the vanishing gentrified country estates in England. After generations have been settled in the eponymous estate, a crisis of inheritance threatens to displace the resident Crawley family. The sinking of the Titanic has taken with it Lord Grantham's heirs; both James Crawley and his son Patrick have perished. While personally agonizing (momentarily) for daughter Mary who was supposed to marry Patrick she resourcefully sets her sights on a grander scale. With all the predictable succession plans gone terribly awry, the looming questions arise Who will be the new heir to the earldom? And what will happen to this distinguished estate, now in jeopardy? Mary's short-lived grief is redirected on another suitor, the Duke of Crowborough. It's "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" meets "Upstairs Downstairs" as the classes push boundaries and precedents in Darwinian ways. Starring notables Maggie Smith and Elizabeth McGovern along with the wonderful Hugh Bonneville, Samantha Bond (Miss MoneyPenny of Ian Flemming's 007 fame) amongst others. Be guaranteed exquisite mansion settings, various traditional hunting parties and goings-on, and attention to all details of British class hierarchy Fellowes and Masterpiece creators are known for with the stately interiors and refined accouterment of an almost bygone era. Tune in January 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th.


January 06, 2011

Join The Book & Film Club

Here's how to join BookBuffet's own "Masterpiece Book To Film Group."
On the BookBuffet website home page, click: JOIN
Select: "Invited to join an existing group."
Type: Masterpiece Book To Film Group
Then type your own member details. That's it!
You will see the "current book" posted on the group calendar, as well as the dates the series airs on television. You'll be on the member list and receive email updates on new content such as podcasts and WGBH material. You'll also be able to chat on the online forum for this group. JOIN TODAY

For our in-depth interview with Masterpiece Executive Producer of 20 years, Rebecca Eaton, click on the following BookBuffet Podcast.



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