Thursday, March 17, 2016

Downton Abbey


I know that I am behind the times on this, but I have begun binge watching Downton Abbey. I had never watch the show before because my local PBS station never really advertised when it first started being shown. I tried watching an episode out of sequence, but I just couldn't get into the show. I recently started from the beginning and I'm totally hooked.

First of all, I'm a big fan of several of the actors in the show. How can you not love Maggie Smith? I am also a big fan of Penelope Wilton who played the recurring role of Harriet Jones in Doctor Who. 

However, for years I have been an admirer of Allen Leech. In 2003 Leech played gay fashion designer Vincent Cusack in a little known gay movie called Cowboys & Angelsn 2007, Leech appeared in the HBO drama series Rome (another favorite show of mine) as Marcus Agrippa, Octavian's top soldier and friend. In 2010, he appeared on the small screen in The Tudors as the doomed Francis Dereham, former lover of Catherine Howard. Leech, of course, appears  as chauffeur Tom Branson, whose political ideologies clash with the upper class, on Downton Abbey. As an Irish actor, I figured it was appropriate to pay homage to Leech in this post on St. Patrick's Day.

I am about halfway through the third series, but I've fallen in love with the show. Each time I say how much I like the show someone asks me if I have seen the finale, but like I said, I am only halfway through the third series, so no spoilers please.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope you are wearing your green.

3 comments:

mistress maddie said...

One of my all time favorite programs. Very well done. I was in tears when it just ended this past month. Enjoy your viewing and Happy St Patricks!

silvereagle said...

"Addicted" is the word to describe the almost religious devotion of fans to the show. Have seen each episode, and each episode was all excellent...acting, sets, designs, the whole works.....Perhaps fiction, but based so much in history of the times as they were...

Michael O'Sullivan said...

Yes I am in green. Glad you are catching up with DOWNTON - we loved it here, the christmas specials are great too. Lots of cliff-hangers coming up for you, with some great Maggie and Wilton moments, and theres Thomas the gay butler too, and that Irish Branson. Will Thomas, Ladies Mary and Edith find happiness ....