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Downton Abbey: Season 6, Episode 6 Recap

Deborah Gilbert | February 7, 2016
Downton Abbey: Season 6, Episode 6 Recap

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 5 Recap

Deborah Gilbert | January 31, 2016
Downton Abbey: Season 6, Episode 5 Recap

I know exactly what you’re all thinking right now: Why couldn’t Lord Grantham have done that when he was sitting across the table from Larry Grey? Why??? The dining room at Downton has seen more than its share of disastrous …

Downton Abbey: Season 6, Episode 4 Recap

Deborah Gilbert | January 24, 2016
A scene from Downton Abbey, Season 6, Episode 4 on MASTERPIECE on PBS. L to R: Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith, Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley, Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates, Raquel Cassidy as Baxter, and Samantha Bond as Aunt Rosamund

‘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
Downton Abbey: Season 6, Episode 3 Recap

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
Downton Abbey: Season 6, Episode 2 Recap

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 …

An Interview with UK Ambassador Matthew Rycroft

January 6, 2016
An Interview with UK Ambassador Matthew Rycroft

Ambassador Matthew Rycroft is the United Kingdom’s official and permanent ambassador to the United Nations. He talks about some of his responsibilities as the UK Ambassador to the UN, what type of affect shows, like Downton Abbey, have been having …

An Interview with Downton’s Tim Piggot-Smith

January 6, 2016
Tim Piggot-Smith of Downton Abbey with Stephen Segaller

Tim Piggot-Smith is a veteran stage and screen actor, who is currently staring on Broadway in King Charles III. In an interview with WNET’s Stephen Segaller, he talks about his experiences working on Broadway, his interactions with fans after playing …

Deborah Gilbert interviews Editor Hope Dellon

January 6, 2016
Deborah Gilbert interviews Editor Hope Dellon

Hope Dellon is an executive editor at St. Martin’s Press, who was responsible for the publishing of the Downton Abbey: A Celebration; The Official Companion to All Six Seasons. She talks about her experiences getting to visit the Downton Abbey …

Downton Abbey: Season 6, Episode 1 Recap

Deborah Gilbert | January 3, 2016
Downton Abbey: Season 6, Episode 1 Recap

Downton Day has arrived! Release the hounds! As season six begins we are awash in wagging doggie tushes. It’s as if they know how much the audience loves that waggy Labrador opening and want to give us our fill before …

Downton Abbey Dish #43

Deborah Gilbert | December 11, 2015
Downton Abbey Dish #43

Like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, last week the cast of Downton Abbey (sadly, for the last time) flew in from Old Blighty to stage their annual British invasion and took New York by storm. They were everywhere: …

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