27. March 2012 02:21
After more than a year of hearing people rave about the PBS program Downton Abbey, my curiosity finally got the better of me and I spent the better part of a Sunday immersing myself in the world simultaneously inhabited by the "haves" and the "have-nots."
By the end of the afternoom I was beginning to speak and think in a British accent. The drama and intrigue among the many fascinating characters captivated me.
Far and away, my favorite Downton character is the Dowager Countess. I love her sense of humor. Dame Maggie Smith is perfect in the role; her dry delivery complements the "zinger" lines she dishes out. And she can say more with the lift of a single eyebrow than many actors can manage in a monologue.
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