How many of us in the US will be watching it on the Interwebs?
Thanks for the heads up. I'll watch it with expectations suitably lowered. But not tonight, Foyle's War is on.
I'll wait so I can see it on my big screen TV in HD. I just pray that people don't put spoilers of it in the titles of threads. I was so pissed when certain spoilers were revealed prior to me watching it last season...
Never seen a single episode of this show,is it worth all the hype?
The bf and I are doing it on Solarmovie tonight - we can't wait.
I will wait for the PBS showing and enjoy it week to week, as opposed to devouring on the web.
btw, there is another new period drama coming on PBS this fall, The Paradise. It's quite similar to the Selfridge's one, Victorian-era department store.
I've only watched the first episode but it was underwhelming. Has anyone seen it? Does it get better?
I can wait for it. I like it, but it's not exactly must-see tv in our home.
Now Breaking Bad is another story. I will be watching that tonight.
Where on the web is it?
Not worth watching after season 1. Became soapish in a bad way. Great cast, great production values, mediocre headwriter.
I hear Joan Collins has joined the cast this year.
Joan Collins joined Breaking Bad?
Joan Collins is indeed guest starring on Breaking Bad. Alexis is in town to make sure the Denver Mirror's out-of-town review of Dominique Devereaux's debut performance at the Albuquerque Silver Slipper contains the phrase "second-rate lounge singer."
Downton Abbey was FABULLOUS
How can I watch season three now via the web? anyone know?
Elaine Stritch will be appearing in an episode where she and Shirley Maclaine will sing dueling renditions of "I'm Still Here".
The old thread had a link.
r15 do you know how to use the streaming sites? 1channel and solarmovie are the best. Fuck waiting for PBS in January.
Tonight's ep. was a promising start for the new season. I have a feeling we haven't seen the last of that bitch nanny that Lady Cora fired.
R15, I bought the series on amazon
OP, it's Downton! Not Downtown, they have Arby's though
R19, you bought season (series) 4 already? This is about season 4.
I prefer Upton Rectory.
The first season is definitely in a different league than season 2 and 3. There is some real lazy writing when they want to resolve a plot. There have been a few times when they pull something contrived out of the blue when they want to resolve a particular conflict. They also forget about previous issues when they become problematic.
R21, no season 3
Just saw season 4 episode 1 on the internets :)
Ok, I guess I shouldn't post? I don't want to ruin it for those waiting however, I would like to talk about it - so should we start another thread for those of us who are watching it?
R18 that Nanny was nuts! I thought she was going to be set up, but she obviously dug her own grave. What a psycho!
Where on the internets?
I go to delishows dot com for my streaming needs R27
just type in downton abbey in their search. Lots of ads to click off of in background browsers in the beginning, but once it starts the ads stop popping up.
Only women and gay men watch Downton Abbey.
The first episode of Downton was great, perhaps it was the best episode of the series. Michele D. was brilliant, Maggie and Penelope were superb. See it as soon as you can. If you are on a Mac you can use TunnelBear and see it now.
I'll check it out, thanks
INGENIOUS. I can watch it
Watched it all via a source. VERY difficult getting through all of those horrid Brit-TV commercials. The season looks very intriguing though. I LOVE that romance is entering Lady Edith's life, and the beau is so handsome.
Lady Edith and her newspaperman might be going to Germany, just in time for the birth of the Nazis. Interesting development.
I love it
If you use Tunnelbear and the ITVPlayer you won't have to watch any commercials - you can even download the episode and save it using Get iPlayer Automator - this is all on the mac.
not true. I just watched about seven thousand of the same annoying british commercials.
and I viewed via tunnelbear.
this show was gay
You have to download it using iPlayer - I have it with no commercials - it's great
how do I view the other episodes? I've only gotten one free one from tunnel bear
There are two on ITV now - the last one when up last night...
I think that I will try
Cora's name should be Dora, as in Dumb Dora. Lady Marjorie would never get sucked into the servants' drama like that.
Indeed, Poor Cora seems more insipid than ever, we need some Mrs Goldberger or whatever her mother's name is to open a can of Whoopass on her right now!
I recognize poor dumb go with the flow Cora doesn't write the show but jeez, a whole episode with the whole place worried about mopey Mary and her Mom doesn't drop by for a pep talk?
I used to think Cora was enigmatic... she's just clueless.
Maybe she'll have to undergo the new electro-shock therapy.
Maybe she'll fall into a well
poor Anna, what a tragic occurrence!
And Mrs Padmore - I'm crying as I type this!
"This episode contains violent scenes that some viewers may find upsetting."
I won't be able to SLEEP tonight!
"I have made quite a study of claret." What the Australian singer is trying to say is that she likes to get drunk?
Lady Isobel: " I prefer Bartok" Lady Crawley: "Of course you would!
Not all of those streaming links work. Solarmovie has old episodes, another one wants your CC#...
Once you try one, you need to try the next
r55 try this one for tonight's episode.
Poor Anna! I was not expecting that.
I think it's jumped the shark. The Anna thing was right out of left field... the rest of it... they gave Grantham a Dowager line and he just looked like an ass.
Grantham a dowager line? How so? I found him witty.
Also the Edith admirer is clearly proving himself.
And unfortunately is seemed like the lady maid and the former chauffeur have to have it off.
Where are the babies?
Isn't it weird to think that Mary/Matthew's son and Tom/Sybil's daughter could still be alive today? This show feels like it takes place in an ancient universe, but there are people who could still be living.
The line: Well, then, this won't be as uphill as I thought.
It was rude and Grantham would never be rude in public.
If Violet had said it, it would have been Violet being Violet.
For Grantham, it was rude.
Not earth ending (and I did laugh) but it signalled to me Fellowes is running out of steam and getting sloppy. Then again, Fellowes is not a particularly talented writer. Throughout the show he's relied on some shop worn soap chestnuts: the burn victim claiming to be the heir, the miraculously cured paralysis.
[quote]It was rude and Grantham would never be rude in public.
indeed, but he is a regressive. And letting the servants (i.e. musicians) sit along side the landed gentry would have honestly seemed out of place to him. That Dame Nellie would come across as worldly would have been quite a shock to provincial Robert Crawley (she had indeed been everywhere at that point in her career, just like the gal who plays her, Dame Kiri).
I researched Lady Isobel's comment about Bela Bartok and INDEED, Bartok HAD in 1922 just done a series of concerts in London; just maybe the grieving gal would have found solace in his violent hungarian violin sonatas being played.
FOR GOD SAKES! You all are killing me. What happened to Anna?
It's pretty horrible.
She was raped in the kitchen by one of the visiting servants. She hid in Mrs. Hughes' room and swore her to secrecy. In those days, rape was not talked about.
Jesus Christ! Bates is going to kill him when he finds out.
If Anna winds up pregnant out of this they may as well cast Susan Lucci as the film star Norma Desmond, visiting because she's 'in between pictures.'
maybe they will. and you just know that that bitchy Thomas is going to use this against her.
I'm already calling Anna getting pregnant from that rape, and possibly trying to get an illegal abortion.
I can't stand that Edna girl.
Oh God R70 , don't say that. I love Anna Smith Bates in a way that I never cared for Rose Buck. I'm already freaking out about the preview showing friction between her and Bates in the next episode.
I don't think I've ever been so emotionally touched as much by TV rape as Anna's, when Mrs. Hughes found her I just wanted to hold her and keep her safe.
If your prediction comes true, she'll likely die from the abortion. That will be the death knell of Downton Abbey.
The only reason they would kill off Anna is if Joanne Froggatt wanted out of her contract.
I can't stand Edna either. The actress leaves me flat. I don't know why they brought her back.
So that she could cause trouble with Tom and fuck everything up for another season.
It's already half through the season but it seems to me that nothing is going on so far.
HELP! NONE OF THE TUNNELING sites are working for me!!!
Downton has a PERFECT DL moment:
Servant #2: " do you know why you are disliked? it is because you are sly, and oily, and and smug, and I'm glad I could tell you that before I go!"
Srvant #1: "well, if we are playing the truth game, you are a manipulative little witch and if your schemes have come to nothing then I'm glad for it!"
and that Ross character is interesting but he doesn't really SOUND like a singer form the twenties, they were, for the lake of better words, all rather high and whiney.
[quote] She was raped in the kitchen
I thought she got raped in the ass.
Why is Anna so freaked out? Bates must gotten raped dozens of times in prison and he doesn't go on about it , maybe if she told him they be brought closer by the common experience.
R79, I watch it on a site called tubeplus"dot"me ( are we allowed to link other sites on here?_
no downloading or torrents.. I watched it on Sunday nights only a few hours after it airs in the UK. Best of all, all the commercials are edited out!
I just watched it there. Very good episode.
I can watch it on utv here.
R2 is so pathetically enthralled to let us know she has a big screen and HD, I think -- after watching it on my laptop -- I'll post her some spoilers.
By the way, R2, the Dowager Duchess will reveal her lesbian past in this episode.
Also that she turned tricks for opium
Bartok's sonatas "violent"? You must be talking about some other Bartok.
Ross the band singer (is that his name?) was really very poorly cast. He's a middling singer, and not at all in the style of the times. He's also very fey - a product of the casting couch?
I agree r90. That band singer was not right for the part and his singing did not sound "20s".
I suppose the girl (Rose?) will take up with him causing a Bright Young Thing scandal.
Downton is assumed to be 3.5 or 4 hours train ride from London. I guess it's not a huge distance to travel.
[quote][[R2]] is so pathetically enthralled to let us know she has a big screen and HD, I think -- after watching it on my laptop -- I'll post her some spoilers.
R84 here again, why watch it on a laptop or a computer monitor? I connect my laptop to my TV with an HDMI cable and watch everything in perfect commercial free clarity on the big screen via tubeplus. I got rid of my cable TV years ago, watch everything online now.
Cut the cord, you do not need cable anymore !
R89, the violin sonatas? Yes, that is what they were heralded in their day
R93. Link, please.
R92, do you just assume that everyone has a television set?
R94, I can't wait to, when I'm not typing on a phone. Considering that Elgar would have been caught conducting fairly recently at this point in time I can't believe that Bartok's chamber music would have given the English audiences warm fuzzies.
R113, it's Tom Cullen, the actor that plays Lord Gillingham, Lady Mary's handsome suitor. The caps are from the gay-themed movie, "Weekend," in which he starred alongside Chris New.
Well, Thomas would know about things of that nature, wouldn't he
Was anyone else struck by the band singer's performing a specifically erotic song addressed to a man? I've never known such a thing to happen outside and out-and-out gay context. (Even though women sing love songs addressed to women all the time.)
I`m just wild about Harry
And Harry's wild about me
The heavenly blisses of his
Kisses fill me with ecstasy
He's sweet just like sugar candy
And just like honey from a bee
Oh, I`m just wild about Harry
And he's just wild about
He can't do without
He's just wild about me
the significance of the song is that it is from the very fist Broadway musical with any direction from an African-American (song writing and direction both, I do believe) thus making the race relations more prominent
But a man didn't sing it on Broadway, and the song is about sexual relations, not race relations.
Indeed, but I fear that sir Fellowes may have not intended that emphasis.
things are HEATING UP!!
I think the creators have done an amazing job with character-development. Lady Mary was so off-putting at first and is now a real anchor of the show. And Lady Edith was sheer poison and now is a most sympathetic character. Not to mention the Dowager Countess's journey.
I think they're getting ready to write Branson off if he marries the chick he met at the political speech; it would be tacky to bring her back to Downton. Mary will marry her pig style pal, he's smart enough to keep the estate running.
Rose will be a brazen slut
Edith a fallen woman
There's only one episode left in the season (plays tomorrow night), and Rose is anything but a slut. Quite the contrary.
Or, alternatively, R122, the genteel schoolmarm could be part of the continuing dragging of Downton into the modern world. Look how well Branson is doing in that regard; he is now a pillar of the house, however he feels.
Christmas special to come next month too.
I love the feeling
CAn't wait to watch it
So this season is all about many couples, good and bad.
I must say though, the two stand outs this time around, though not thrilling yet interesting, have been Michelle Dockery and Penelope Wilson, both have stepped out nicely and are more than just women with an axe to grind or women in a fit of pique, nice turn I'd say for both of them