I am still suffering withdrawal pains from the final episode of Downton Abbey. OH MY GOODNESS...whatever shall I do with my Sunday nights from now on??
When I try to think why that show was so spectacularly good, I can't quite put my finger on it. The interesting people, of course, the dramatic times they lived in, the attention to detail, the upstairs/downstairs element of the place. But, probably, like most good things (television, books, movies...) -- IT WAS THE WRITING. So, thank you, Julian Fellowes, for writing wonderful stories around complete, lovable, yet flawed characters...
My personal favorite was the Dowager Countess...
The wonderful Maggie Smith...such a great job...every time she came on the screen, I was looking for the zinger. Here are some of her more memorable lines.
"So that’s Mary’s replacement? Well, I suppose looks aren’t everything…"
"I think she seems rather sweet. I’m afraid meeting us all together must be very intimidating."
"I do hope so."
"Well, what on earth’s the matter?"
"I’m leaving in the morning Lady Grantham. I doubt we’ll meet again."
"Do you promise?"
“I’m so looking forward to seeing your mother again. When I’m with her I’m reminded of the virtues of the English.”
“But isn’t she American?”
"Just how long is she here for?"
Earl of Grantham:
"No guest should be admitted without the date of their departure settled"
"But I admire it when young people stand up for their principles."
"Principles are like prayers: noble, of course, but awkward at a party."