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Downton Abbey Dish #44

Deborah Gilbert | March 25, 2016

What has been the most constant topic of conversation on Downton Abbey since the Titanic was attacked by the blasted iceberg? Change. And now that we have exited the story Crawley (for now), it’s time for some changes here as…

Famous Faces on Mr. Selfridge

Elisa Lichtenbaum | March 22, 2016

Based on Lindy Woodhead’s biography Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge, the series blends fictional characters and storylines with those inspired by the real-life people and celebrities from Selfridge’s life. Cosmetics queen Elizabeth Arden, blues singer Alberta Hunter, and vaudeville stars The Dolly Sisters are just a few of the famous faces that pop up in Season 4. To christen the final season, here’s a guide to some of the notable figures who have added sparkle, excitement, and drama to past seasons. Continue reading

Downton Abbey: Season 6 Recap

Deborah Gilbert | March 14, 2016

by Deborah Gilbert, British TV Maven & thirteen.org contributor As we stare into the Downtonless abyss, let us pause and remember where we were when Season 6 began, and take heart: Mary was all dressed up, only to sit alone…

Downton Abbey: Season 6, Episode 7 Recap

Deborah Gilbert | February 14, 2016

OK, when there was all that palava with Isobel, all nervous, waiting in the library for the returning warriors, and then Consigliere Sprat turned up with a mysterious goodbye gift from The Dowager that they couldn’t bring upstairs, did anyone…

Downton Abbey: Season 6, Episode 6 Recap

Deborah Gilbert | February 7, 2016

This week we learn that Mary, whose exacting standards are rivaled only by Violet and Carson, wants to encourage Edith’s beau, Brancaster Bertie, to compete on England’s Olympic Bore Team. Mary will have no trouble getting him a spot. She…

Downton Abbey: Season 6, Episode 4 Recap

Deborah Gilbert | January 24, 2016

‘Carson is a kind man.’ ‘Sybil’s kindness changed my life.’ This week’s theme is kindness; and this episode is all about how having it, giving it and receiving it, changes lives for the better – and how not getting it twists others. It also invokes the memories of two of the kindest souls…

Downton Abbey: Season 6, Episode 3 Recap

Deborah Gilbert | January 17, 2016

What a night! Carson and Mrs. Hughes finally jump the broom, the prodigal chauffeur returns, and Anna didn’t cry even once! Wait, what’s that I hear? A choir of angels playing Ode to Joy on kazoos? Too right! Candy Striper: Float…

Downton Abbey: Season 6, Episode 2 Recap

Deborah Gilbert | January 10, 2016

We begin this episode with the Breakfast Ballet; the downstairs ensemble gracefully, wordlessly, preparing the breakfast trays for the upstairs audience like a well-rehearsed and choreographed troupe. What a shame it would be to break up this band. A bicycle rides up…

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