Saturday 11 February 2012

Downton Abbey Christmas Special airs....

Are you a Downton Abbey fan like me?
What an absolute joy it has been to
have a worthwhile program to watch.

Summer in New Zealand,
is the time when television is at it's worst.
We are subjected to a tedious selection of
re-runs of every program under the sun!

Until the much awaited two-part series
The Downton Christmas Special
graced our screens in the past two weeks.
It was a breath of fresh air to enjoy
Julian Fellowes Edwardian drama
with such a stellar cast of actors
 back in our living room again!!!
The inimitable Nigel Havers has joined the cast
in a delightful cameo role
as Lord Hepworth, the currant beau
of Lady Rosamund (Samantha Bond).
They are seen above at the
annual Christmas "shoot".

I'm not going to divulge too much
as some of you may not have seen it yet
and I would hate to spoil it for you.
Suffice to say, you will LOVE it!!

They're all here....
the lovely Crawley sisters,
although we didn't see Lady Sybil
as she and Branston are now in Ireland!

But we were treated to this elegant trio
of outstanding actors.
Handsome Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), with his mother
the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) and the
very elegant Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern).

Lady Cora and Mr Carson (Jim Carter)
dance at the servant's ball.

Lord Grantham danced with
the housekeeper Mrs Hughes,
played so beautifully by Phyllis Logan.

The tension is strong among this trio of
Sir Richard Carlisle (Iain Glen ),
Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery)
and Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens)......

This was TV viewing at it's best.
For those of you who haven't seen it yet -
you have such a treat in store,
and I'm excited for you!!

Thank you for popping in to see me
especially those of you who leave me
a little comment - love you!
to my new followers

Be kind to one another
love and hugs

Such elegance!


  1. I must confess I've not even seen a glimpse of this but heard such good things about it. You have now prompted me to do something about this and see if I can do catch up. Suzy x

  2. Love this series.
    Always provides much needed escapism.
    I don't post about it though as that might spoil things for others who haven't seen it.
    Christmas seems ages ago.
    No snow then, but we have some now!
    Hope you're well.

  3. I think summer television is the same everywhere, simply bad :(
    I love Downton Abbey, and we were lucky to see the Christmas Special all on the same night, at Christmas, of course :), which made Christmas even more special. It is something UK television is good at, costume dramas. I hope Julian Fellowes will write more as good as Downton Abbey. His new series Titanic is due on TV this spring.

  4. Ooh, it looks wonderful! You must read Shirley's post! Titantic!!

  5. Currently we're watching Series Two and I'm loving it even more than Series One! Hope so much we get the Christmas Special too. Know Series Three is going to be made starting soon - fabulous news!

    Quality TV like this is usually the only TV I watch, the rest is bilge! We rent movies and British TV drama series from Netflix here - I never watch many prime time American made programs - but I do love nature programs on the educational TV.

    Happy weekend - hugs Mary

  6. I've just finished watching Season One and can hardly wait to start on Season Two. Then the Christmas Special. Oh what a delightful show. And I have to watch it again, just to pay attention to the costumes and decor.

  7. We love this series too, such elegance!

  8. I have been enjoying myself, reading your lovely blog - a feast for the eyes! I love the costumes on Downton Abbey - oh to have a rummage in the costume department!
    Carol x

  9. A wonderful post dear Shane. My daughter and I love Downton Abbey and always talk about what happened the next day.
    I have pulled a muscle in my back this morning and it's excruciating! You've cheered me up!
    Hugs xx

  10. I have just begun watching this series and am so sad I missed it from the beginning! I was hooked from the first couple of minutes I saw.

  11. Dear Shane, we had the first part of this wonderful series shown in Danish television, and I would love to see this second special part too--who knows ,maybe we are lucky. But thankyou for those wonderful photoes from the Edwardian aera with all it`s lovely clothing and living, at least when it came to the upper classes :)
    Hugs and happy sunday to you dear-

  12. Hi Shane,

    It's the same in Holland in summer. There is seldom something interesting on tv. Dowton Abbey is one of my favourites. I haven't seen this new series yet....can't wait!!!! Thank your for showing us just a little bit :-)

    Happy weekend!

    Madelief x

  13. I have recently started watching this series and I LOVE IT!!

  14. Hi Shane,

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful photographs, and review - we have recorded it, so I am really looking forward to sitting down to watch it.
    I love the beautiful costumes and hats, they were such elegant times.

    Wishing you a wonderful week

  15. I would love to watch this sounds great. So lovely to be back visiting you my friend I have missed seeing your wonderful posts and have enjoyed catching up with them all. Hope you have an amazing Valentine’s Day.

    Always Wendy

  16. When I saw your post, I thought "why didn't I see the Christmas special here in CO"? Then it dawned on me that you are seeing something we haven't seen as yet. SOOOOO, I didn't look! I peeked. Oh I love Downton Abbey so much and just saw Series 2, Part 6 today. SO much has happened including deaths and jail time! I can't wait until next week! AND the Christmas Special (when it gets here).

    Hugs to you and Happy Valentines Day!

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  19. I adore Downton Abbey and am looking forward to our turn to see the Christmas edition. Right now we are in the midst of viewing season two here in California.

  20. A Christmas Special! Whoo hoo!! Thank you for the heads up of more excitement to come.

  21. Just checking if 'word verification' is turned off!!!

  22. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I thought it was but I made a comment just to make sure!!!!!

  23. We see it tonight (though I've had a preview DVD for three weeks and have valiantly avoided watching it to "scoop" my viewing!) I love this series and so excited it will continue next year. Didn't know about Nigel joining the cast -- hope he returns! I am so hooked -- I'm sure you've seen a lot of the fun links ('what they look like in real life' is a fun one and so are the Downton Paper Dolls!) If you haven't I can send you a bunch -- I'm collecting them for work! Email me and let me know! Cannot wait for tonight!

  24. The new season begins in January in the U.S. Will you see it then as well? I LOVE the show!!! Another thing in common with my new friend! =) ~Sally



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