The World of Downton Abbey
February 14, 2012
I am, admittedly, a Brit Lit junkie, and I’m not afraid to proclaim my love for soap operas either. (The recent cancellation of One Life to Live just about killed me, by the way.) So, when I discovered that the two had come together in a PBS Masterpiece series, I nearly fell out of my chair at the circulation desk in front of a patron.
What is this genius mix of British life in the early 1900s and the drama of living among servants and aristocrats alike? Let me introduce you to Downton Abbey. The series follows the household of the Earl and Countess of Grantham as it deals with the sinking of the Titanic, the Great War, and the catty, scheming staff living at Downton.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, has lost his chosen male heir on the Titanic and now must turn to a distant cousin, Matthew, to bestow his title and estate on. Matthew’s introduction to the family and the staff causes an uproar and drama ensues. Will he marry the eldest daughter of the Earl so the family can retain their station? Will he take the Grantham fortune and return to London, leaving them with nothing? What will happen to the household servants and how will they plot to turn this situation in their favor?
Watch Downton Abbey to find out what happens next, and you’ll fall in love with the characters and their stories just as I did. We have both the first and second seasons in the MCPL catalog.