Ever since I was ten and I discovered Henry VIII and the Royal Diaries
series (anyone else read them as a kid?), I have been enraptured by British history. While everyone
grew up waiting for the next Harry Potter book or movie to come out (Like them, but not a huge fan), I waited patiently for the next Philippa Gregory book and scoured the internet for the release dates of some new BBC mini series or indie film adaptations be it Anne Boleyn, Jane Eyre, the Duchess of Devonshire, or honestly any movie Keira Knightley has ever been in. So, when a new tv series called Downton Abbey launched five years ago (US time frame), I was hooked since day one.
While a "glorified soap opera with classy accents and nice costumes" as my one friend dubs it, I would never have imagined that Downton Abbey would develop such a cult-like following across the pond. But, with a witty dialogue plus Maggie Smith's dynamic one-liners, believable, historically-based characters, and yes, a collection of actors with great accents and even better costumes, who could not fall in love with it?
Like P. Diddy, who I have never felt so connected to before, I am sad all good things must come to an end. But, I am very excited at the prospect of a new series by Julian Fellowes about the Gilded Age (the prime of the Newport mansions which I just visited).
Cheers to the last season of Downton!