Classic Period Drama

 

“Downton Abbey is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. The series, set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era — with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and the British social hierarchy. Such events depicted throughout the series include news of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the first series; the outbreak of World War I, the Spanish influenza pandemic, and the Marconi scandal in the second series; and the Interwar period and the formation of the Irish Free State in the third series.

Downton Abbey has received critical acclaim from television critics and won numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries. It was recognized by Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed English-language television series of 2011 and became the international television series to receive the largest number of nominations in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, with twenty-seven in total. It was the most watched television series on both ITV and PBS, and subsequently became the most successful British costume drama series since the 1981 television serial of Brideshead Revisited. By the third season, it had become one of the most widely watched television shows in the world.” — Wikipedia

Location:

Highclere Castle in Hampshire was used for exterior shots of Downton Abbey and most of the interior filming. The servants’ quarters and working areas and several “upstairs” bedrooms were constructed and filmed at Ealing Studios.

The village of Bampton in Oxfordshire was used to shoot outdoor scenes, most notably St Mary’s Church and the library, which served as the entrance to the cottage hospital. First World War trench warfare in France was filmed in rural Suffolk near the village of Akenham specially designed for period war scenes. Haxby Park, the estate Sir Richard Carlisle intends to buy in Series 2, is part of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. Greys Court in Oxfordshire was used as the family’s secondary property, into which they proposed moving and calling ‘Downton Place’ due to financial difficulties in the third series. Also in the third series, Bates imprisonment was filmed in Lincoln Castle in Lincolnshire. –Wikipedia

Beyond the splendor of Highclere Castle and the intensity of the time are the brilliant and lovely characters that I dare claim are the addictive ingredient in this television series. The talent and care used in character development present itself in full view when the actors become the characters. This classic is a masterpiece and prime example to study.

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…is in honor and memory of Tessa, my small Maltese born October 6, 1993, and passed away September 18, 2009.

I was considered the 3rd dog in Tessa’s pack. Her first master was the first dog, Tessa was the second dog, and I was the third dog. No matter what I’d do to gain respect or position in Tessa’s eyes… I was “ the third dog.” She was so adorable and such a character. I caved to her demands…and she was very demanding…which brought me joy and contentment. Her demands were begging for food and sitting on my lap.

Tessa had a few quirky personality traits based on her past…growing up in a less than ideal environment thrown into the backyard with two Dobermans to fend for herself. She was about 3 pounds at that time the runt and a spitfire. Not far from being a replica of me….she made me smile with joy at her attitude.

Quite the problem solver

She also liked mischief and got herself into some severe problems. Like the time she discovered chocolate candy on the coffee table and laid in wait for her moment to snatch the candy bars run upstairs and hide them under the bed until nightfall. In the middle of the night, I awoke to a banging noise. It was Tessa banging her water bowl against the metal stairs to get my attention. I soon discovered several empty candy wrappers, piles of vomit everywhere, and Tessa hitting the bowl. It is unbelievable that she survived that terrible episode eating more candy bars than I could… at one time!

Filled with inspiration

She will always be my inspiration and a reminder of perfection.

As I emerged in the second half of my journey as a storyteller, launched myself into the world of screenwriting, and left behind an entirely different phase of my life, I also had to let go of my friend…my companion my little spitfire Tessa.

I will forever be the 3rd dog.