Abbey Fever

I’m in love. Like a teenager. I hunger for the union of Mary and Matthew Crawley as if they were real people. Struck by Matthew’s translucent blue eyes and Mary’s compassionate free-thinking intelligence. Amused by the Countess of Grantham’s acerbic wit in response to the crises that sweep through Crawley Estate. I live in another world removed from my own. What am I talking about? It can only be the three-part television mini-series Downton Abbey. Gareth Neame’s idea of an Edwardian television drama is given form and put into play by Julian Fellowes. Fellowes was scriptwriter for The Young Victoria,…

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