Fact: I love history, the English countryside, sparkly jewelry, beautiful clothing, intrigue, and smart-mouthed old ladies. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I am in absolute love with the BBC TV show, Downton Abbey (like most of the world).
If you’ve never seen the show…well, I feel sorry for you! It’s completely addictive and a lot of fun to watch.
The show is centered around Downton Abbey, the stately home of the Earl of Grantham and his family. The first season starts just as the Titanic sinks and the Earl’s heir, a passenger, is presumed dead. English inheritance laws dictate that the three Grantham daughters cannot take over the estate when their father dies. From there, chaos and shenanigans ensue, between the family themselves as well as their staff.
My favorite character is the uppity grandmother, Lady Grantham, the Dowager Countess, played by the marvelous Maggie Smith. Her one-liners (or zingers, as some people are calling them) are hilarious!