Hello everybody, are you still upset about the ending of Downton?
Admit it, you’re an addict. You were just about to move from black clothing to mauve as a first step out of mourning for Lady Sybil, and then it happened… Matthew is dead (and not J.R. or Bobby Ewing dream sequence I’ll come back next season dead), but eyes wide open, not blinking, blood pouring from the head dead. Not only is the season over, but production on Season 4 is just starting.
What’s a good Anglophile to do in the interim?
You could spend hours scouring Pinterest for lovely Downton images. Or even shop on etsy for some interesting Downton crafts.
Here’s a few more suggestions to last you a fortnight and then some.
Before Julian Fellowes was Baron Fellowes, he was just plain ole Julian from the block writing books and screenplays.
How about one of his books? Snobs or Past Imperfect.
Want to see the Baron in front of the camera? Check out a funny Scottish nobleman’s family in Monarch of the Glen.
Need a quick Maggie Smith fix Barron Fellowes style? Then head over to Netflix and watch Gosford Park.
It’s what got the Baron his Oscar, and the similarities between Dame Maggie’s characters in GF and DA can’t easily be missed. Or how about Maggie’s gal pal Dame Judi Dench in Cranford? Really got it bad? Try both Dames together in Ladies in Lavender or Tea with Mussolini.
Finally, for those of you who knew that a marquis was a nobleman and not a sign on a theatre before you started watching Downton (or Downtown as Drew says) then try the granddaddy of them all…
Brideshead Revisited mini-series (1980s Jeremy Irons version, not 2000s Emma Thompson). Waugh wrote enough novels too keep you occupied until all our cousins across the pond have finished watching the season 4 Christmas special. And I love the art on his paperback covers.
So break out those Union Jack pillows you bought from Joss and Main, pour yourself a cuppa rosey lee, and get your Brit on!
What’s your favorite period drama or novel? Stay tuned… More Brit love and design coming soon!