First we had Charles and Di then came William and Catherine and now we have Mary and Matthew. Mary and Matthew who you might ask? Well, the chic, love struck, 20th century couple of PBS’s number one hit of course!
“Downton Abbey”, written by Julian Fellowes, seems to have taken the U.S. by storm. This British drama first aired in England in 2010 and came to the U.S. in winter 2011, but it was not until this past year, England’s epic year with the Queen’s Jubilee, the Olympics and the announcement of a royal heir, that it started to become all the rage in the United States, and for good reason. British historical dramas are always on-point and filled with casts of characters that you easily fall in love with. “Downton Abbey” is no exception and Season Three is just jam packed with love, lust, scandal and heartbreak.
The Season Two Christmas special left us with a real cliffhanger… Matthew (Dan Stevens) finally proposed to Mary (Michelle Dockery). Season Three kicks off a few months later and the entire “Downton Abbey” household is busy preparing for a wedding. However, like any event at Downton it seems like things cannot always go as smoothly as the Crawley family would like. Mr. Crawley (Hugh Bonneville) is hit with some less then ideal financial news involving Mrs. Crawley’s (Elizabeth McGovern) American fortune and Downton Abbey itself might soon be home to a new family. On the downstairs front, Bates (Brendan Coyle) is still in jail and his faithful Anna (Joanne Frogatt) is doing all she can to prove his innocence. Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) is facing a drama many relate to modern day and undergoes testing for cancer while her male counterpart, Carson (Jim Carter) is hiring new staff that will later come into play. Life at Downton is well underway.
Julian Fellowes promised viewers one wedding, one birth and one death this season, but having watched Season Three it in its entirety already I assure you we get far more than that. The season is filled with joy, sorrow, history and of course a good amount of drama at Downton. This season of “Downton Abbey” is by far the very best season yet!
The Verdict: “Downton Abbey” is a modern day soap-opera that is actually well written. You will fall in love with the characters and end each episode yearning to travel to England. Have your tissues ready for Season Three though, you are sure to cry both happy and sad tears!
Airs: Sunday nights at 9 p.m./8 p.m. CT
Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Frogatt, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Dan Stevens