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If you’re anything like me, you love yourself some made-for-bbc costume dramas (I’ve even seen the terrible 1995 version of The Buccaneers all the way through. Twice. Netflix had it streaming and I was sick. I’m not proud). I can’t help it. I can’t help wanting to get a touch of consumption and sit on a chaise lounge with a blanket over my lap starring off into the distance, or to stand in a room with no indoor plumbing while across the village a swarthy gentleman chastises his servant with “No, no. The green one.” If you get that last reference (or even if you don’t), I have a treat for you.
(If you’re not like me in this regard, please feel free to make fun of me and ignore this. Monday’s post will not involve corsets in any way, I promise.)
PBS has generously posted all 4 episodes of their excellent new drama Downton Abbey in their entirety. If you haven’t seen it or heard of it, it is sort of an Upstairs/Downstairs meets Pride and Prejudice kind of thing, but set just before WW1. And the good news is that it isn’t based on a novel from a long dead author, so they’ll be free to milk it until it turns into unwatchable maudlin dreck. I will still, of course, watch said maudlin dreck but will feel so guilty that I’ll try to counteract the shame by finally reading Moby Dick or similar. (Season 2 is already in production, woo hoo!).
If, also like me, your DVR decided to be a complete dick and failed to record the first three episodes, this is wonderful news indeed. But don’t delay because the online episodes expire on February 22nd.
Click here to watch the teaser:
For those of you who own an ipad, PBS has an amazing (and free) app which has these and other full episodes.