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Christmas At Downton Abbey is a Christmas Special episode of popular British Television Period Drama. The show is set in 1912-1920. The show first broadcast in the United Kingdom in 2010. To date there have been 2 series and 1 Christmas episode - in total 17 episodes. The third series will be broadcast soon. The show which is very popular in the United Kingdom (as well as abroad) stars Dame Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville. This episode was broadcast in the United Kingdom on Christmas Day 2011 and so it is very recent.
~ * The Plot * ~
It's Christmas 1919 at Downtown and the family are having a Christmas party., however it is not a happy time at the house as Bates has been arrested for murder - over the festive period he will learn whether he will go down for the crime, or will he be free to dance with his wife at the servants' annual ball? What will happen? Watch Christmas At Downton Abbey to find out!
Despite all the hype surrounding Downton Abbey, I actually only watched it for the first time on the last episode of the last series and having enjoyed that episode, I was disappointed that I had caught the show at the end. So when I heard that it would be back for a Christmas episode, I could not wait to see it, especially as Christmas at the grand old house looked set to be magical.
This DVD is a 12 which means that it must not be viewed by persons under the age of 12. As for children over the age of 12, I actually think that this show is very educational; showing what life was like back then.
This DVD runs at 120 minutes which does seem quite long for an episode from a television show, however, I think that it is great to watch as a DVD as you can watch the first part one night and the second part the next night. Another good thing about this DVD is the fact that there are no silly ad breaks like you get every 15 minutes when watching the show on the television.
I love the era the show is set in; Having studied the British history of the first and second world wars, I find this era very interesting. I do think that the show is very educational.
The show is very dramatic - there is certainly a lot going on, plenty of drama which will keep you on the edge of your seat. I have to say that there isn't a dull moment in this episode - it just keeps you wanting more and more.
A lot of Christmas shows (including soaps) are usually too tragic and so I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this show. Would it be too sad? I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it wasn't too jolly and it wasn't too sad either - it was just in the middle which was good.
The show wasn't as Christmassy as I had hoped, but it was still a good episode. I suppose in a way it is good that the episode isn't too Christmassy as it means that it can be watched at any time of the year.
I find this show to be quite emotional - not to the extent that I cry my eyes out, but I do tend to sympathise with the characters a lot, and feel the emotion that they are experiencing.
I think that the acting in this episode is fantastic - everyone plays their parts really well and the show comes across as being really believable. You couldn't get a more suited cast. They really are brilliant.
I think that this is a great episode - great for all the family (well not the under 12's), as is such a family oriented show, this episode even more so being Christmas and all. I think that youngsters will enjoy this episode because they will find it interesting to see what life was like then and the older generation will love it as they may remember the times.
Whilst watching this DVD I couldn't help imagining what life was like in those days; from the outfits to the way of life. It also proves that having all that money and social status doesn't bring happiness.
I would definitely recommend this DVD to all Downton Abbey fans. Also, even if you are yet to see this show, I still think that you will love this DVD.
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