History Series / DowntonAbbey

1st May '18 6:41:08 PM callsignecho
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* VitriolicBestBuds: By season 3, Violet and Isobel are undoubtedly this.

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** Thomas and O'Brien's conversations all start like hostile interrogations ("And just where have you been?"), but the two are thick as thieves, sharing secrets during their smoke breaks. [[spoiler:Until their falling out in a latter season.]]
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By season 3, Violet and Isobel are undoubtedly this.
11th Mar '18 11:32:44 AM trilobright
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*ArcWords: 'The world is changing'.
31st Jan '18 5:16:18 AM Cryoclaste
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[[SpiritualSuccessor Much like]] the earlier series ''[[UpstairsDownstairs Upstairs, Downstairs]]'', the drama follows both the aristocratic family who own the house and the large staff of servants who make it tick. The second series dealt with the effects of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI on the entire household.

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[[SpiritualSuccessor Much like]] the earlier series ''[[UpstairsDownstairs Upstairs, Downstairs]]'', ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'', the drama follows both the aristocratic family who own the house and the large staff of servants who make it tick. The second series dealt with the effects of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI on the entire household.



* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''UpstairsDownstairs'' and ''Film/GosfordPark''. Julian Fellowes, who created both ''Downton'' and ''Gosford'', [[WordOfGod says so himself]].

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''UpstairsDownstairs'' ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'' and ''Film/GosfordPark''. Julian Fellowes, who created both ''Downton'' and ''Gosford'', [[WordOfGod says so himself]].
6th Jan '18 6:23:19 PM nombretomado
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* ParodyEpisode: ITV commissioned a strictly-for-laughs mini-episode for their Christmas 2014 "Text Santa" charity appeal, which begins with Robert announcing he has frittered the family fortune and wishing he had never been born. Whisked away by an angelic JoannaLumley, Robert is promptly [[ItsAWonderfulPlot presented with a vision of what a Crawley-less Downtown might look like]], and we were introduced to Creator/GeorgeClooney's brasher, spiffier Lord Grantham 2.0. The mini-episode is one big sportingly humorous TakeThat at Downton's familiar narrative devices — telegrams of doom, Robert losing the family fortune, Edith's tragic love-life, Branson fretting about his place in the world, Thomas lurking behind the curtains (part of his job description) and even a sporting dig at creator Julian Fellowes' obsession with ensuring the right cutlery is used, despite the series' increasingly zany plotlines.

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* ParodyEpisode: ITV commissioned a strictly-for-laughs mini-episode for their Christmas 2014 "Text Santa" charity appeal, which begins with Robert announcing he has frittered the family fortune and wishing he had never been born. Whisked away by an angelic JoannaLumley, Creator/JoannaLumley, Robert is promptly [[ItsAWonderfulPlot presented with a vision of what a Crawley-less Downtown might look like]], and we were introduced to Creator/GeorgeClooney's brasher, spiffier Lord Grantham 2.0. The mini-episode is one big sportingly humorous TakeThat at Downton's familiar narrative devices — telegrams of doom, Robert losing the family fortune, Edith's tragic love-life, Branson fretting about his place in the world, Thomas lurking behind the curtains (part of his job description) and even a sporting dig at creator Julian Fellowes' obsession with ensuring the right cutlery is used, despite the series' increasingly zany plotlines.
1st Jan '18 7:26:05 PM nombretomado
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* BadassBoast: Cora's explanation for why she is not that upset over the prospect of having to sell Downton Abbey and move into a smaller house: "I'm an American: Have gun, will travel". Of course, this is something of an anachronism, as, while the phrase "Have X, will travel" was common in newspaper classified ads from the early 20th century onwards, the specific phrase "Have ''gun'', will travel" did not become popularised until the [[HaveGunWillTravel 1957 television series of that name]].

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* BadassBoast: Cora's explanation for why she is not that upset over the prospect of having to sell Downton Abbey and move into a smaller house: "I'm an American: Have gun, will travel". Of course, this is something of an anachronism, as, while the phrase "Have X, will travel" was common in newspaper classified ads from the early 20th century onwards, the specific phrase "Have ''gun'', will travel" did not become popularised until the [[HaveGunWillTravel [[Series/HaveGunWillTravel 1957 television series of that name]].
13th Dec '17 1:47:18 PM Xtifr
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** The name "Kemal Pamuk" sounds suspiciously like a composite of the names of two famous Turks, Kemal Atatürk (the founder of the Republic of Turkey) and Orhan Pamuk (a Nobel-winning novelist), despite the fact that Ottomans didn't have official surnames; and even though some wealthy and powerful families would have unofficial family names, those names would be nowhere near as plain and simple as the single word "pamuk", which means "cotton" in Turkish.

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** The name "Kemal Pamuk" sounds suspiciously like a composite of the names of two famous Turks, Kemal Atatürk (the founder of the Republic of Turkey) and Orhan Pamuk Creator/OrhanPamuk (a Nobel-winning novelist), despite the fact that Ottomans didn't have official surnames; and even though some wealthy and powerful families would have unofficial family names, those names would be nowhere near as plain and simple as the single word "pamuk", which means "cotton" in Turkish.
3rd Dec '17 1:44:39 AM YankeeDave
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** Violet's stern reminder to Edith that "You are not Toad of Toad Hall"; the A.A. Milne play of that title wasn't published until 1929. This one is problematic in that theoretically, Violet could be referring to Literature/TheWindInTheWillows, which was already well known when that scene takes place (although it strains credulity that Violet would know anything about a children's book published decades after her own childhood). But her choice of words - not to mention the fact that in real life, Julian Fellowes produced a musical version of Toad of Toad Hall, suggests she is probably alluding to the play rather than the book.
4th Nov '17 6:54:19 AM jamespolk
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** Robert originally married Cora for her fortune.



** In the Season 4 finale a broke British lord pursues Martha Levinson and pushes his daughter at her son Harold.


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** In the Season 4 finale a broke British lord pursues Martha Levinson and pushes his daughter at her son Harold.
3rd Nov '17 6:41:14 AM XFllo
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* AgeGapRomance:
** Lady Edith Crawley (in her 20s) and Sir Anthony Strallan (in his 50s, and widowed). Within her family, this was actually considered a fairly decent match for Edith before [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI the War]], in large part because her family thought Edith, being "less pretty" than her sisters and a bit tomboyish and abrasive, couldn't do any better than a middle-aged widower. After the War, though, Sir Anthony came back with a crippled arm, and the family decided--and Sir Anthony recognised--that the match was no longer any good, as Edith would have to be a nursemaid to him rather than a wife. Edith refused to believe this until Sir Anthony jilted her at the altar.
** Anna Smith, a head maid, falls in love with and later marries John Bates, the valet to the Earl. He is about two decades older than her. He is troubled by his past, but they are both very happy together.
19th Oct '17 12:22:03 PM TomSFox
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** What's that Robert? something sounds "a bit dodgy"? Not in 1923, sir.
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