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Downton Abbey (Masterpiece Theater)

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Hcour, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. Apr 4, 2011 #1 of 293
    Hcour

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    Had it on my tivo for a while and just got around to it this wknd. Watched it in 2 sittings, really great. The first hour of the first ep was a bit slow, but the last half-hour, when the cousin arrives, really picked up and the remaining 3 eps were wonderful. Beautifully photographed, looked fantastic in HD. The acting was superb all-around, I especially liked Carson, Bates, and Mary. I really cared about the characters, even the simple little story of the maid who wanted to "better herself" by becoming a secretary was very touching.

    One of the best MT entries I've seen. Can't wait for the installment!
     
  2. Apr 4, 2011 #2 of 293
    Cainebj

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    I concur - the only difference is I ended up watching it in a marathon :)
     
  3. Apr 4, 2011 #3 of 293
    milliepuppy

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    .. theres a second season already in the works .... !!
     
  4. Apr 4, 2011 #4 of 293
    IJustLikeTivo

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    Watched it once on TiVo then bought the English blu ray version. Love it.
     
  5. Apr 5, 2011 #5 of 293
    tlrowley

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    I loved this series. My SP caught the first episode on PBS. About halfway through, I started looking for "alternate" ways of seeing the British airing so I could watch it all right away.

    I'm really looking forward to the version this fall.
     
  6. Apr 5, 2011 #6 of 293
    nyny523

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    I recorded the entire series and watched as a "marathon".

    Absolutely loved it - can't wait for more!!!
     
  7. Apr 5, 2011 #7 of 293
    billypritchard

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    The guy who did this series also wrote Gosford Park, which is similar in the servant/lord storylines, and is now signed up to create a Titanic series, which also will emphasize that dichotomy. Hopefully he'll do a good job on that one, though do we need more Titanic shows?
     
  8. Jul 15, 2011 #8 of 293
    mattack

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    btw, this is rerunning.. at least in the SF Bay area.. (I have an autorecording wishlist for 'masterpiece', though have to nuke a few other shows it accidentally hits... and I don't think I've watched a MT show in a while.. it's one of the first to get the boot for space reasons.)
     
  9. Jul 17, 2011 #9 of 293
    dbranco

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    I just started watching this on streaming Netflix last week and was hooked just a few minutes into the first episode. Like several folks above, it ended up being a 'marathon'.

    Interesting to hear that the creator also did Gosford Park. I hated that movie.
     
  10. Jul 17, 2011 #10 of 293
    philw1776

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    Loved Downton, liked Gosford but was surprised when I finally now rented the old Upstairs Downstairs and really found it boring. Slogged through a DVD and then quit.
     
  11. Dec 28, 2011 #11 of 293
    SoBelle0

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    Finally started watching this (on Netflix streaming) after hearing so many wonderful things... and wow! have I enjoyed it!

    What a fantastically done show. Love it!!

    Does anyone know where I can find Season 2? I'd just love to get caught up before the next ones start in Jan.
     
  12. Dec 28, 2011 #12 of 293
    nyny523

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    No Season 2 yet - not sure when it is coming out.
     
  13. Dec 28, 2011 #13 of 293
    SoBelle0

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    Ah, thanks! A bit more searching and looks like Season 2 starts for us on Jan 8th. YAY!! So, not too long now...
     
  14. Dec 28, 2011 #14 of 293
    TIVO_GUY_HERE

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    Oh thanks for the heads up. I am on the 3rd episode on Netflix Streaming, nice to know new season is coming up.
     
  15. Dec 28, 2011 #15 of 293
    whitson77

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    I watched Page Eight over the weekend. That was great. There wasn't a thread for it, so I just wanted to comment on it here since it was part of the Masterpiece family. Bill Nighy and Rachel Weiz were excellent in this.

    :)
     
  16. Dec 28, 2011 #16 of 293
    SoBelle0

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    I agree! I watched with my folks, when I was home...
    It was excellent! Very clever writing - lots of intrigue - and Bill Nighy is so very charming!
     
  17. Dec 28, 2011 #17 of 293
    questors

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    Season 2 start on 1/8 and runs through 2/19. It will be in 7 parts of one to two hours.
     
  18. Dec 28, 2011 #18 of 293
    philw1776

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    Starts Jan 8th on PBS Masterpiece Classic 9PM EST, which is good for me as I'll have something to look forward to Sunday with the Patriots on a bye week.
     
  19. Dec 29, 2011 #19 of 293
    AeneaGames

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    Actually there are 9 episodes total in season 2, 8 regular ones and a Christmas special...

    In the UK they have already been broadcast and it's as lovely as ever :)
     
  20. Dec 29, 2011 #20 of 293
    tlrowley

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    Especially the Christmas special (or so I've heard....)
     

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