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Staff Pick: Brits on TV
I have been trying to keep my consumption of addictive TV shows to a minimum, and I blame host Dave Miller for turning me on to PBS's Downton Abbey. I just want to mention I'm not usually susceptible to the lure of British TV and only an occasional viewer of Masterpiece. But there's that certain realism that's created by the show that was totally captivating for me — something in the relationships between the wealthy aristocrats who live in the sprawling estate called Downton Abbey and the service staff that make the place run. The worlds mix in some ways and in some ways are totally separate. For people who have time (not me) there's also themes to reflect on about wealth and class in a way that I haven't seen in a lot of other shows. And there's Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess (Violet) to the absolute hilt.
Season Two, I notice, starts next week on OPB TV. Cheers.