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In prison, telling of how her stepfather abused her and her mother ignored her distress: Anna (Joanne Froggart) and Bates (Brendan Coyle) The Dowager in her mind bidding adieu to any idea of time regained: Violet (Maggie Smith) remembering Dear friends and readers, I cannot deny for anyone still emotionally involved with any of these […]

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Lady Sinderby (Penny Downie) winning the first round against Lady Flincher (Phoebe Nicholls), with Violet, Lady Grantham (Maggie Smith) alone registering appreciation Lady Flincher: ‘Tell me, do you find it difficult these days to get staff’ Lady Sinderby: (observant of the Flincher’s desperate state): Not really but then we’re Jewish, so we pay well Violet, […]

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Greer Garson and Walter Pigeon as Mr and Mrs Miniver with their children in a locally dug-out air raid shelter with their children, Toby and Judy (Christopher Severn and Clare Sandars) Dear friends and readers, If you read my other blog, Austen Reveries, you know I’ve been working on a paper on the importance of […]

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Violet, Lady Grantham (Maggie Smith) explaining to Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery why the prospect of Isobel Crawley’s (Penelope Wilton) marriage to Lord Merton (Douglas Reith) hurts so Mary: Granny, I know why you’re finding this difficult. Dowager: Do you? Mary: Yes, but you mustn’t give in to it. Dowager: What? Give in to what? Mary: […]

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Midpoint — the Dowager (Maggie Smith’s) second walk and talk with Prince Kuragin (Rade Serbedzija), this time in his grey impoverished lodgings Closing still — Edith (Laura Carmichael) to a child who either avoids eye-contact, or looks on warily: “I’ll order ice cream, and a glass of Champagne, and we’ll be as jolly as you […]

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Miss Bunting (Daisy Lewis) before Tom Branson (Allen Leech) finds out she is leaving His not-so-cool but complacent acceptance of her departure Dear friends and readers, It’s hard to know how to approach this week’s episode: on the level of human feeling, I felt most for Miss Bunting (“I loved you you know”), but found […]

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Violet, Dowager Grantham (Maggie Smith) to Prince Kuragin (Rade Serbedzija): ‘Hope is a tease, designed to prevent us from accepting reality.’ Mrs Crawford (Penelope Wilton, the cant corrective): ‘You only say that to sound clever.’ Dowager: ‘I know, you should try it …’ Dear friends and readers, I was beginning to lose hope. And from […]

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Joanne Froggart accepting Golden Globe as best Supporting Actress in a TV series, 2015 As Anna in Edith’s bedroom — after the fire, finding a photo of Marigold under Edith’s pillow — in this episode she is continually ferreting out, enabling her employer’s sex lives Dear friends and readers, This blog covers episodes 2 (with […]

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Final shot of the house in darkness: the trajectory of the episode: unfolding before us its crowded life Dear friends and readers, So here we are, another season. What you notice the first time watching is how the film-makers hit the ground running. Speed: most scenes far less than a minute long. This costs. They […]

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Dear friends and readers, If you are into historical films, costume dramas, mini-series, TV films, 19th to early 20th century classic and serious novels as adapted by British TV, this book should be just your thing. I, for one, find Elizabeth McGovern as Cora, Lady Grantham’s outfit irresistible: that soft blue color, the light velvety […]

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