Final Episode of Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey on ITV

 What better way to commence a blog dedicated to the world of period dramas and classic   fiction than a big round of applause for ITV’s Downton Abbey which finishes this Sunday. As a lover of all things period, I have hugely enjoyed this series- with it’s fantastic cast, gorgeous settings and under-stated acting it is the perfect Sunday evening period piece! Julian Fellowes’ writing is as always fabulous and with period veteran actors like Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Brendan Coyle, the show was sure to be a huge hit!

Set in 1912, in an Edwardian country house the show focuses on the lives of its inhabitants the Crawley family and their servants and manages to weave in their stories whilst keeping the audiences (or mine anyway!) attention on all the different storylines. I particularly like how it deals with pertinent Edwardian issues like female rights of inheritance, socialism and reform and class issues without being too in your face about it. Making a drama both moving and funny must be really difficult but I really feel the right balance was struck here – my favourite one-liner being Maggie’s Smiths incredulous “and what is a week-END?”.

But alas. All good things must come to an end and Downton winds up it’s first series this weekend. But series two has been promised for 2011… Yay! Cliff-hangers can therefore be expected…!

But what period piece are we going to fill our Sunday evenings with now I wonder..?

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