Skip to comments.Downton Abbey Season 3 Starts Tonight (PBS Masterpiece Theater)
Posted on 01/06/2013 1:57:11 PM PST by randita
The war is over, but intrigue, crisis, romance, and change still grip the beloved estate in the thrilling new season of Downton Abbey. Written and created by Julian Fellowes, with its all-star returning cast and Oscar-winning guest star Shirley MacLaine, Downton Abbey, Season 3 premieres January 6, 2013 on Masterpiece classic!
Post comments and predictions, please.
I saw on PBS a thing, the actual owners of Downton Abby. They have opened a shop, rent it out for weddings,etc to help pay upkeep. A lot of it is in shambles. They even use the owners furniture when shooting,interesting. And gorgeous.
Extraordinary - but Bates did it.....
We just held a Season 2 marathon this weekend, getting ready for tonight’s season premier! Watched via Amazon Instant Video. Tonight’s premier was wonderful..Maggie Smith IS excellent. She makes the show.
Is that shirley on the left? No poise.
I thought it great! Better than ever!
Soap opera, you must remember. Top of the line, but soap opera. And Fellowes is such a damn good writer. His writing and the skill of the actors makes it seem that one is watching real people, or at least real people as we reading a good novel might imagine them to be. And the way he plays with our emotions. He is always surprising me with his plot twists, such as the way he brings Thomas” into the family. I read they are going int the 4th season, and in the twenties there are so many things that can happen.
Liked that. The Early is part curator and part estate-manager and gets to work on the property.
You can say that again!
So true. Julian Fellowes is extraordinary. It’s the little details in the writing that give it such charm. Like “He’s too tall to be a footman!” And every word Maggie Smith utters. It’s just brilliant. How fun to find a thread here.
Yes. She is a delight!! :-D
It’s refreshing to see people who don’t want to take something they feel they’re not truly entitled to, i.e. Daisy not wanting to marry William because she didn’t really love him and didn’t think it was right to benefit from his soldier’s pension and now Matthew, who betrayed Lavinia and feels guilty accepting her father’s inheritance under those circumstances.
How different from people nowadays who think they’re entitled to everything they want and not have to work to earn it.
We truly have lost pride and honor as a bedrock of our community.
That PBS special sugar coated to some extent the situation- especially the family history. It is quite sordid.
I thought it was interesting that they spent nearly 500,000 in today’s dollars on an evening for the future King.
Apparently at least two of the floors of the house are in shambles.
It would take someone like Andrew Lloyd Webber to fix it back up. (or Russian or Saudi money)
He wants the house. He opposes the land development that the owners want to do to try to save their legacy.
Ironically, the woman who helped save Highclere ended up broke. She laundered money, had affairs, spent a lot of money on a court case sorting it out...and was disowned by her son.
Bet we don’t hear that on PBS.
Thank you, my darling! :-***
Rush just mentioned this on his show. Said the last 90 seconds of the latest episode will leave your head spinning.
“Personalities”. You nailed it, that’s the word I was looking for. From the Lord down to Daisy, the kitchen maid, each character is utterly believable. Each character is essential and fascinating. I especially liked the way Matthew bailed out Tom and vice-versa, an incredible bonding between “classes”.
Sounds fascinating. Do you have a link for that history?
There were only 5 good minutes of entertainment in the whole 2 hour opener. It was when Shirley MacLaine sang “Let Me Call You sweetheart” to Maggie Smith! I laughed out loud.
The rest was pointless. The Anna/Bates thing is extremely boring and going nowhere.
Now that Mary and Matthew are married, there’s no more dramatic tension for that duo. What are they going to argue about besides money?
Sybil was the most beautiful and interesting, and now they are writing her out of the plot.
The downstairs folks are a bunch of stereotypical drones.
And not a really good-looking man in the whole cast!
It will never replace the original “Upstairs, Downstairs.”
My feelings completely! They follow such a rigid class system that many find abhorrent, and rightly so, yet at the same time, they are SO damn nobel and forthright. All of them, regardless of their social standing...well, except for likes of Thomas and O’Brien, and the Earl who drugged Benson.
I have a couple pithy comments on the Shirley MacLaine character, but I want to watch one more episode first.
Did you hear Rush say last week that he watches Downton Abbey?....AND THAT HE'S WATCHED EVERY SINGLE EPISODE FROM THE BEGINNING!
Atta boy, Maha Rushie, you da bloke.
The British are coming!
The British are coming!
I’m there. Hope to see more of Ethel tonight. They are short on staff so maybe she’ll be hired back.
Well, Shirley MacLaine’s tenure was short lived. Wonder if she’ll be back at all.
Edith being jilted was no surprise. That guy was a real loser. Hopefully she’ll go on to better things.
The Matthew inheritance angle had an unexpected twist. So they stay at Downton after all - although I did like the country place.
Carson really got into a snit about Hughes. Why don’t those two own up to their love for each other?
I didn’t really get what was going on with Bates in prison. Anna’s interview with the neighbor of Bates’ wife was disturbing. We’re being led to think that Bates is really a baddie. Could be a feint.
Ethel’s not looking so good - VD perhaps? Guess she’s looking for someone to take care of her son as she knows she’s dying.
DVR-ing tonight due to the football game.
PBS has the full episode the next day on their website, IIRC.
Thanks for the reminder, actually.
We are “sheduled” to be on the chesterfield. The episode should be tickety boo.
Asheville's Biltmore House is the real-life Downton Abbey
Well, Ethel isn’t dying, it appears. Just not eating much. But, as of last nite’s episode, she’s now working for Mrs. Crawley, although she gave her kid to her ex-lover’s parents. Will be interesting to see where this character development ends up. The shocker, of course, was Sybil dying. Now THAT was unexpected. Although when you think about it, that character line had to be manipulated in a way that her husband could somehow go back to Ireland without looking like a cad. Now he can leave his new baby girl that Sybil had before doing her swan song, at Downton while he goes back to Ireland to fight the British.
And now the Bates/Anna saga is heating up again too. Now they know how Bates’ ex-wife committed suicide to make it look like Bates did it (while it was the pie that actually did it). And now a bunch of new maids/cooks/footmen to provide new story lines, with jealousies abounding everywhere. Oh what fun it all is!
I wonder if those scrumptious little mincemeat tarts are still sold in the local bakeries. I believe they had a little circle of crust in the middle of them.
A couple of dainty cucumber tea sandwiches with mint mayonnaise sounds about right at the moment.
Enjoy the evening, dearies...
Tonight’s episode 6 is a 2-hour episode.
Next Sunday’s episode 7 is the 2-hour season finale.
Readjust DVR’s and viewing accordingly. Check your local listings for exact times.
I assume the program still starts at the same time?
Depending on how many years this saga covers, the child will probably grow up to become a solicitor who will be appointed to the bench and will one day sit in judgement of Ethel, who went back to the streets as a prostitute, having failed as a cook and maid, and unbeknownst to him that she is his mother, he will throw her in prison in the effort to rid the lower classes of the scourge of prostitution. He will have been raised by his grandfather to detest the “low life scum” that is becoming a growing menace to society. While they are dragging her away in shackles, she will then cry out to him over her shoulder that she is his birth mother and he grew up to become cold and heartless and will burn in hell. He will have a revelation, curse his grandfather on his grandfather’s death bed for lying to him about his mother (who he believed had died) and raising him as a judgmental sob, and he will turn from his life of privilege and become a crusader for the poor.
I’ve watched the season’s ending....and will not offer any spoiler alerts!! I’ll check in after the finale airs. Hold on to your hats, Downton fans.
I just started watching a few episodes ago. My brother and sister in law have been watching from the beginning. I call them and ask what is going on but your wife will fill you in. I wish I had started sooner but I have no desire to start from the beginning.
Finally got caught up on the backlog of episodes. We were away for a bit, then a new grandson, then the Superbowl. I got way behind.
I didn’t read the updates to the thread because I wanted to come to the taped episodes without knowing what happened.
So now I’m up to speed and can chime in.
Pip, pip, cheerio, all.
I don’t know why, actually. But I find Miss O’Brien a bit hot.
I too just started watching on Amazon Prime. It’s paid for itself in free shipping at Christmas and now with free streaming video. So sick of what is on tv and happy to have access to movies/tv of choice on Prime. Daughter told me to watch the Downton Abbey series and now I’m hooked. Almost through season two.
Hubby and I find ourselves wondering where our valets and our Mrs. Patmore are. Sigh...we then face the fact we must wait on our own selves :)
She looks like a discontented Obama voter to me.
Have you been snowed inside Massachusetts too long?
Next week is the last installment in this series - a shame.....
Well, obviously Mary is pregnant. Possibly a male heir on the way after all.
I got bored with the Thomas storyline. It reminded me of the sermons our previous pastor used to preach - he drove home the point about 10 mins. in, but continued another 20 mins. anyhow. It seemed strange that Carson was so parsnickety about Ethel, but not that bothered about Thomas. Chauvinism, I guess.
I wanted to see more about turning around the abbey to pay for itself and more about Daisy, Ivy, and the two young men.
The cricket game was fun.
I worry about the mean streak Bates has and think his antics in prison will come back to bite him in time.
What was the point with that Rose girl? It seemed like a silly diversion.
I’m glad Branson is going to stick around. We need to have someone for him to take up with or maybe he’ll fall for one of the servant girls and shake life up even more.
Glad that the Ethel saga seems to be playing out in a favorable way. Violet came through in the end, getting her way, but also setting up a great arrangement for Ethel as well.
Looks like Edith might be in a dead end relationship again. Too bad. That bit reminded me of Jane Eyre.
———I find Miss OBrien a bit hot———
Well go for it....... there’s no competition
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