Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 6
"A Royal Night Out" is now available on DVD
Customers can now purchase their very own copy of "A Royal Night Out" on DVD. Learn more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
The TV series has now finished in the UK and for those of you waiting for the North American showing or DVD, it was an absolute cracker and if you enjoyed the first five series of Downton, you are not going to be disappointed with the final series. As would be expected, there was a certain amount of tying up of loose ends, but not to an excessive extent. However we still have the Christmas Special show to air at the end of next month so everyone is waiting in suspense for the final conclusion. Incidentally if you are impatient to see the last series, although the UK issue is released this month, that will not contain the 2015 Christmas Special whereas the later North American release will.
It is difficult to single out the outstanding performances in series 6 as all the regular players had significant roles. It was good to see Tom back, and others such as Mrs Patmore, The Bates, Barrow, and Daisy below stairs and, of course, all the Crawley family are in the thick of things. Maggie Smith, as the Dowager is very much in evidence and her priceless sarcasm includes many a memorable line. Overall, without dropping in any spoilers, there was romance, tragedy, blackmail, suspense, joy and sorrow. In other words exactly what you would expect from Downton!
So I'll use this space to address the continued worries over a so-called "American version" of Downton Abbey:
Way back in January 2011, the Daily Mail, a British tabloid that's a hybrid of US Weekly and the National Enquirer, posted an article accusing PBS of editing the first season of Downton Abbey because Americans were apparently too stupid to understand the entail. As the Daily Mail intended, this article set off a storm of accusations and anxieties over whether we Americans were getting the real version the Brits were seeing on ITV. And this story is still being circulated, as seen in the discussion section below.
The only thing PBS edited out of season one was the snuffbox storyline, likely because it was redundant when the stolen wine storyline was exactly the same.
Once the Daily Mail article lied about the reasons for the PBS editing, and Downton Abbey became so popular in the US that PBS was able to attract high quality funding, they not only aired the episodes as they did in the UK, but sometimes added scenes that weren't shown on ITV (since ITV airs commercials and has to cut things to fit around them).
PBS now stamps their Downton Abbey DVDs "UK Version" because people are still passing around the story that they cut the show up liberally. The ironic part is that by only releasing the ITV versions on DVD, you'll never get to see the extra PBS scenes unless you record them as they air.
Although Lady Mary is the young person seen by many as the lead, others, including me, were even more taken by some of the characters swirling around her. First and foremost: the dowager countess and Mrs. Crawley as the two matrons with drawn swords in eternal conflict are a delight here, as usual. The most touching thing is that when the chips are down, these two will just as fiercely support one another as they have warred over their latest battle. This continues a great British literary tradition of superb supporting characters, which Jane Austen did so well with her Lady Catherine, Reverend Collins, and Mrs. Bennett (as just three standouts).
Hugh Bonneville as the matriarch's son, the earl, continues in his stalwart role. He continues to come to terms with the twentieth century. He is surrounded by such strong women though, that there is no doubt that he will be carried through all the changes by their formidable wills in action. They in turn need him as a buffer for the clashing of those wills.
Also, there is the deft portrayal of the servant class and its rapidly changing role in British life between the two world wars. This last season especially focuses upon their demand for more education and thus more choice.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This show is one of the best things I've ever seen on TV. Just love it.Published 12 hours ago by Louise
Did not disappoint. Superb viewing. What a pity it was the last season.Published 1 day ago by Marina Maxwell
No one who has watched Downton Abbey from season one needs my review of season 6. It's been great for 6 seasons. I'm sorry there won't be more. Read morePublished 1 day ago by M. E. Sheehy
This purchase completes my full series set. Best TV series ever.Published 1 day ago by Linda Roccoforte
Absolutely no complaints about the content, packaging, delivery, or anything else to do with this purchase. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Ms. High Standards Consumer
Wish it didn't have to end. The last episode kind of left you hanging. Needed a little more closure on a couple of charactersPublished 2 days ago by Lisa