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4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining continuation of the story, 6 Jan 2014
This review is from: Downton Abbey: The London Season (Christmas Special 2013) [DVD] (DVD)
Unlike the last special, Downton Abbey has the cheerier theme of Rose's presentation to society. The summery setting is perhaps a welcome distraction for viewers as the action follows private parties and gatherings in such settings as Grantham House and Buckingham Palace.

The central storyline about the interception of an embarrassing letter was entertaining as it allowed the regular characters a chance for a bit of plotting. Also the arrival of Cora's relatives, particularly her mother, was anticipated for the obvious clash with the Dowager Countess, but I would have liked more of this.

Even though it is a different setting, Lady Mary still can't escape her suitors and Edith can't settle, leading to familiar trouble. There were some nice touches with Molesley not being useless for once and the flicker of romance in Carson and Mrs Hughes' glacial relationship.

Rose is a bit of a divisive character but she was likeable in this and was causing a bit less trouble than usual. We had most of the characters on form, the writing was sharp and had moments of comedy. As usual there was attention to detail in the period costumes and settings. The episode looked great and was well filmed, benefitting from the use of plenty of extras.

While this special didn't have the impact of the 2011 special, it did succeed in continuing storylines, tied up some loose ends and made for some welcome escapism. Its 'business as usual' style was fitting for a family that is trying to remain the same in an ever-changing world.
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Initial post: 6 Jan 2014 15:59:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jan 2014 15:59:58 GMT
chris says:
My thoughts exactly, though I'd given it one star more.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2014 13:22:12 GMT
SLG says:
I'm looking forward to Paul Giamatti. (He was wonderful in Saving Mr Banks!) I suppose his character in Downton Abbey disgraced himself off camera and prior to his visit to London so that Shirley could talk about it with Maggie Smith. I can't wait! :)

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2014 14:00:25 GMT
chris says:
Looks like he not only disgraced himself prior to the trip to the UK but also continues to do so during his visit. I was very pleased with his character, he's a good addition to the overall cast. Enjoy the Christmas Special! Or maybe you already watched it?
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