The series was a surprise hit all over the world, first in the UK, then in America, then onto Australia, which just finished watching Season 1. As we begin the long, slow wait for next season—the pain of which is exacerbated by the UK getting to see it in less than a month—we’d like to point you to some of our Downton Abbey coverage and other items that might interest you.
We start our tour of Downton with recaps of the first season, starting with Downton Abbey, Episode 1: What is a ’Weekend?’ You can then continue the coverage by clicking on the Downton Abbey feature. Downton Abbey Season 2 is previewed in the posts Downton Abbey Season 2 Video is Here: Anna is Crying?!? and Downton Abbey, Season 2; Or, We Love Bates and Anna and Cannot Wait!
If you’ve been there, Downton-ed that, but want more in a similar vein, try Romp & Circumstance: Poldark, Upstairs Downstairs: Who Let the Monkey Out (which is definitely not Downton, but shares certain aspects) and Finding Romance in the Classics: Edith Wharton’s Age of Innocence.
Beyond HeroesandHeartbreakers.com, there’s the British website for the show, ITV’s Downton Abbey, as well as Twitter feeds of Downton Abbey, Hugh Bonneville (who plays the Earl), and Dan Stevens (who plays Matthew Crawley). Stevens tweeted about a cocktail made especially for the show at Oliver’s Bar in the Mayflower Park Hotel in Seattle, WA: “Half a lime, squeezed, 3 parts Hendricks gin to 2 parts St Germaine, topped with champagne. Nice.”
As Downton Abbey Season 2 begins, the Downton gang is all involved, to a variety of degrees, in World War 1. Sounds like they’ll all need a stiff drink.
Are you waiting with bated breath for Downton Abbey? What other period dramas do you love, and would perhaps like to see covered at H&H?
Megan Frampton is the Community Manager, Romance, for the HeroesandHeartbreakers site. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son.