Downton Abbey: A Journey to the Highlands (Christmas Special 2012) [DVD]
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The family receive a warm welcome at Duneagle Castle, visiting Rose and her parents in the Highlands. But there is no disguising the tensions between their hosts. Carson is determined to keep the servants back at Downton working hard, but with a country fair coming up, will some be tempted to push their luck? Could romance be on the cards for Mrs Patmore?
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It does feature sports and pastimes away from Christmas, so don't expect a huggy huggy Christmas all the way through.
I would, however, highly recommend the 2011 Christmas special, which is fantastic, and I will continue to watch the fourth series in the hope that things will improve. But this episode will, unfortunately, be a disappointment for even the most loyal of Downton fans.
Firstly, what I liked. I loved the beautiful scenery of Scotland alongside the stunning abbey. The sub plot involving Mrs Patmore was lovely - it was nice to see her character take on a much bigger role in the show. The mentions of Thirsk, where I'm from, made my day.
Unfortunately, this episode left a very bad taste in my mouth. I had no idea that the character who plays Matthew was leaving but the whole episode had been planned around this. Mary had to have had a baby by the end so there was somebody to succeed Matthew, instead of it being this wonderful occassion considering their fertility issues in the last series. I didn't like that this was how the producers chose to start the special. It is blatantly clear following this that Rose is intended to become the next Sybil. She is possibly one of the most annoying characters yet they have chosen to bring her in full time from series four.
Matthew's death happened in the last three minutes of the show and felt terribly rushed, for a main character. It will be interesting to see how they open the next series - either the aftermath, with a repeat of the grief we've just had for Sybil or it will be six months later. Either way, we are going to see Mary return to the cold character she is grieving over her husband's death, which doesn't really make for interesting viewing. It's also, as I have said, remarkably similar to the Sybil/Tom/Baby Sybil storyline. All we need now is for the baby to be called Matthew...Read more ›
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Bought as a present for my mum, she had missed a lot of the series, due to my dad being long-term in hospital. Perfect to catch-up.Published 1 month ago by BEVERLY HARRISON