Downton Abbey Dish #35

Deborah Gilbert | December 29, 2014

This is IT, Downtonians! Season 5 of Downton Abbey premiers this Sunday night, January 4. For months it seemed as if this new season would never get here, and now it’s here! We hope you’ve enjoyed the Downton Abbey Dish blog posts during the off-season, but now The Dish will go back to being your weekly recap of the show.

Watch This Space:

 Fret not when the show is over each Sunday night, because my recaps will start off your water cooler chatter. Every Sunday night as the credits roll, check back here for my cheeky recap of that week’s episode – and please join in the conversation in the comments section below! We’d love to hear what you think about it all!

Sexiest Man Alive Redux:

 In Dish #33, I mentioned George Clooney’s visit to Downton – which made some fans (who only read the headline and not the article explaining what it was about)  declare that the show had jumped the shark and they were never ever, ever, ever watching ever again. Ever. But rest assured, the full nature of Clooney’s appearance has since been revealed: He filmed a parody sketch for the Text Santa telethon, which was broadcast in the UK last week – and if you haven’t watched it yet, you must! It is an adorably funny mash-up of Downton Abbey and It’s a Wonderful Life, (with Patsy Stone substituting for Clarence) and there’s even a cameo from Julian Fellowes (making fun of himself)! It is posted on YouTube in two parts:

You are going to want to watch this at least a few times, for sure!

The Rules:

As we prepare to tuck into Season 5, we are still learning new things about, not just Downton Abbey, but the way of life depicted on the show. And here is another companion book to add yet more layers to your enjoyment of the series. Downton Abbey: Rules for Household Staff  is a fun little handbook for household staff, written in the voice of Mr. Carson, giving rules and advice to those new to service (and those of us watching) about how everything in a great house works (in 1924). Everything from proper posture  and how to get out blood stains to how to seat guests when royalty is visiting the house – it’s all covered here in an extensively researched, and entertaining. And if you don’t have a chauffeur to drive you to work, you’ll love that it’s just the right size to drop in your bag, making it a great way to add Mr. Carson’s civility to an otherwise uncivilized commute. Read on!

For Auld Lang Syne:

In the four seasons we have watched so far, quite a few characters have come played their part in the epic story of the Crawley family, and then moved on (some under their own steam and some not). These auld acquaintances are gone but not forgot. From ill-fated lover Pamuk and aspirational Housemaid Gwen, to poor William, they were brought to life by jobbing actors who are still pretty busy thanks to the high profile of their work on Downton Abbey. Where are they now? Take a look.

Tweet, Tweet:

Are you preparing for the season premier by having your footman serve a few appropriate snacks (like tea and scones), or are you having a full-on viewing party with friends? Either way, join in the Twitter party and tweet us a picture of you getting your Downton on! Tweet your pics or comments to @ThirteenNY and yours truly @E20Launderette.

Five Golden Seasons:

 Don’t forget these acquaintances either (as if you could): Downton Abbey Season 5 premieres on THIRTEEN this Sunday night, January 4 at 9pm!!! Can. Not. Wait! And fear not, Downtonians, if anything unforeseen happens to impede your watching Downton Abbey on Sunday night (like a comet hits your house, or you live with a beast who has the nerve to insist there is something else on the telly), don’t panic! You can catch the encore Monday night on WLIW21. Fasten your seatbelts, kids. It’s going to be a wild ride!