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Sheer Heaven at Last,
This review is from: Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey, Season 1 (DVD)
When I was young, "Upstairs Downstairs" took America by storm. You knew what most of your friends were doing every Sunday night at 9 - following the adventures of characters who not only were interesting in themselves, but lived in amazing times, were full of individual weaknesses and strengths - 3D, in short. Julian Fellowes has now enchanted us with something that is even better quality, beautifully written, filmed, and acted, and it's sheer joy. With Downton Abbey, he's hit one right out of the ball park and you should run, not walk, to buy the whole series. It is an instant new classic, sad, funny, lively, irritating, marvelous. Fellowes is smart enough to realize that this post-Edwardian privileged and underprivileged world, now as extinct as the dodo, brings fascination to a whole new generation of viewers. And although every single cast member is utterly perfect, I must thank Hugh Bonneville, as the lord of Downton, for giving grounding to the entire effort. Almost enough to make us believe that lords weren't all bad!
It is quite simply the best quality production I've seen this side of the pond for years. Enjoy it.