I mentioned on my recent Hey, it’s Okay! post that I’m a new fan of Downton Abbey on PBS. Once I had watched all of season one on Netflix, I scoured the county libraries for a copy of the second season, and I’m well on my way to polishing it off. One part of me wants to lock out the world and hunker down with tea and cupcakes while I devour each and every episode back to back, keeping pace with the speed with which I make each sweet confection disappear. Another part of me is fully aware that the next season won’t be airing in the U.S. until January (you must pronounce Januree as if you were a resident of Downton), and I want to savor each delectable episode.
Any show whose opening credits begin with the waddling back end of a yellow lab out for walkies with his master has to be good, right? The best part belongs to the woman my kids know as Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith) from the Harry Potter film series. In Downton, she’s Lady Grantham, and is a force to be reckoned with. She even made me end that last sentence with a preposition.
I love her razor-toothed lines–she truly tells it like it is, but with proper English dignity, of course. If you haven’t gotten hooked on this series, I invite you to do so. You may even begin to sound like a Brit in everyday conversation (or blog entries). If you already have, enjoy some choice sound bites from Lady Grantham: