Monday, September 27, 2010

Downton Abbey - fabulous new costume drama on ITV

So, did you watch the first episode of Downton Abbey last night? I did and I loved it. It's a new seven-part period drama, about what goes on above and below stairs at an Edwardian country house - very similar to Upstairs, Downstairs.

Downton Abbey was written and created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), and stars Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Maggie Smith. I love all the characters and all the scheming and the way the first episode has set up so many storylines. And the country house - Downton Abbey - is a star in its own right. The series was filmed on location at Highclere Castle.

It's fabulous! I'm well and truly hooked on the series and looking forward to the next six episodes!

There is an excellent website about the series with loads of interesting details. You can also follow on Twitter @DowntonAbbey for official tweets for ITV1's new costume drama.

Downton Abbey + Q&A - video via BFI Live (British Film Institute)
Director Julian Fellowes introduces his new TV drama Downton Abbey in a preview screening followed by a Q and A with cast members Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt and Executive Producer Gareth Neame.

If you missed the first episode, you can watch it via ITV Player (UK only). Highly recommended!


  1. This is the sort of programme that is nearly always done well here and popular Sunday night viewing, although it's not something I watch! Flighty xx

  2. You're right, Flighty - this sort of period drama is always done so well here - and it makes for perfect Sunday night viewing.

    I realize it's not the sort of programme everyone enjoys but I'm certainly enjoying every minute of it!