I am not really a TV person. I choose the shows that I watch. I have a friend who is so into local teleseryes and Koreanovelas. Nope, I can’t stand those.
I will sound snobbish, but I truly can’t stand the crying-shouting-slapping-more shouting-then more crying scenes that local teleseryes seem to have a lot of. I can’t take too much drama. I think life is challenging as it is, and watching depressing shows won’t do anything to uplift one’s morale.
I am more of a Criminal Minds, CSI, How to Get Away with Murder and Game of Thrones person. Okay, also Grey’s Anatomy — when McDreamy was still with them.
Several years ago, however, I discovered this British historical period television series which piqued my interest. It was set in the 1920’s and it followed the lives of the fictional Crawley family and their servants.
The show’s title: Downton Abbey.
After watching several episodes — I think the show was already on its third season then — uhm, I had no choice but to get hooked. Remember I said I don’t like drama shows? Well this one is every bit a drama series. Minus the shouting. And the hysterics. The characters can get angry without raising their voices — they can tell someone off while still looking classy and dignified. I loved it! This kind of drama I was able to stand.
It was still a soap opera… it just happened to be British. And, oh, do they make elegance look so easy.
I found myself searching for and watching online the episodes that I missed. I fell in love with the characters — my favorites being Lady Mary Crawley (played by Michelle Dockery) and the Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith). Being the fan that I am, I hang onto their every word. Okay that sounded creepy, but Violet Crawley had really good one-liners that would make one laugh even while watching alone.
I remember a friend telling me that watching Downton Abbey was like watching paint dry. Oh well, to each his own. I enjoyed watching this paint dry. 😉
After my husband and I dropped off our unico in his residential college, we still had a couple of days to spare in Singapore. And because I am greatly favored, guess what?! There was an ongoing Downton Abbey Exhibition at Marina Bay Sands while we were there!!
Of course we had to go! I was sooo excited. I was like a little girl on Christmas morning. My husband was like, Downtown what?! (And yes, he only got the Downton right halfway through the exhibit…)
And so with much pleasure, I am sharing with you some photos that I took…
My Downton Abbey Experience (of a Lifetime!!)
Tickets to my other world…
The Downton Abbey
The patriarch, Lord Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Obviously my favorite character, Lady Mary Crawley, the eldest of the Crawley daughters
She’s beautiful, smart, confident and headstrong. What’s not to admire??
The three Crawley daughters, Edith, Mary and Sybil
Adorable little George, Lady Mary’s son.
Some of Lady Mary’s to-die-for wardrobe; Lady Mary’s bedroom
Believe it or not, I used to have one of these growing up… ❤
Where the interesting Crawley dinner conversations take place…
Servants’ dining area downstairs… where the conversations are even more interesting!
Lobby leading to the exhibition
Dear Mr. Carson (Jim Carter), the Head Butler of Downton Abbey
It’s Downton, dearie, not Downtown!!
Downton Abbey was created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It ran for six seasons, airing first in the United Kingdom in 2010. The final episode also served as the Christmas episode and was shown December 2015.*
I used to watch it on Diva TV — normally catching it Sunday mornings. After the series ended, I just waited for the reruns. Like so…
… and because I am such a fan, I didn’t really mind.
One fine Downton Abbey Sunday morning in May 2014… as documented in my Instagram account. 🙂
“Vulgarity is no substitute for wit” – the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley
*Downton Abbey information from Wikipedia
Downton Abbey The Exhibition, Marina Bay Sands, July 31, 2017; photos are all mine