They made a huge deal about it in the papers ahead of time. From what I can see, the whole point is that the valet has a limp and a footman is a cockoholic. Beyond that, I can't get much out of it.
We just got "Downtown Abbey" here.
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There isn't much there but the costumes and the sort of decorum which appeals to Cory Tunts. It's recalibrating snobbery, hypocrisy and brainwashing the peons.
Well, there's also a lot of bad acting. If I were alive then, I'd be shoveling sh-t in the stables with a bad case of TB, so I tend not to get all misty-eyed about the past.
It would have been better to just cut it to Maggie Smith's put-downs...or was that Gosford Park?
Basically, it's Sunday evening cosiness with a Tory twist.
The author (to be fair, he has never hidden his affiliation) did a cracking script for Gosford Park and I can just imagine ITV executives thinking yes, we'd like a series of this, we'll keep the innumberable sub-plots but we'll make it rattle along quicker and we don't want to make the Sunday evening audience think dark thoughts, so lose all that depressing realism about how dreary life was for those downstairs and replace the complex characters with cardboard cut-out stereotypes. Oh, and hint at class tensions but defuse them straight away.
And it was still a sight better than the new Upstairs Downstairs.
I didn't watch it.
The British TV drama luvvies love costume productions. I think it's a sort of acceptable fantasy version for lefties, which is just this side of forbidden snob porn. It's adult entertanment without the pin numbers.
They get to treat the lower orders exactly how they'd like them to be treated.
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