The bad news is I had strep throat over the weekend. The good news is that Monday I got to stay in bed and watch the finale of Downton Abbey Season II. The bad news is it will be almost another year before Season III is released in the USA! Oh lordy, I’m already starting to have withdrawals. How are we ever going to make it til January 2013 for more Downton??
I do have some tidbits that will help you make it through the week, at least. If you didn’t go to the PBS website and the official Downton Abbey page then you have missed out on quite a bit. There are full episodes, cast interviews, background information of Highclere Castle (the real life Downton), and tons more. But take my advise and start with this one:
Watch Downton Abbey, Season 2: A Special Q&A with the Cast on PBS. See more from Masterpiece.
The reason I want you to start with that interview is because Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) makes mention of this video by Red Nose Day, which is HILARIOUS! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5dMlXentLw]
From Mr. Bates constantly falling down to O'Brien's ridiculous hair, they went all out when creating this spoof. Be sure to catch part II here: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3YYo_5rxFE]
And then there's the ever classy, matchless Maggie Smith. Here is a montage of clips from both seasons which includes my new favorite when Sir Richard Carlisle says "I doubt we'll meet again." and Lady Grantham replies "Do you promise?" Classic! http://www-tc.pbs.org/s3/pbs.videoportal-prod.cdn/media/swf/PBSPlayer.swf
There are a lot of things to see on the PBS site so be sure to pop over there when you find yourself in need of a Downton Abbey fix. We shall endure together.