Downton Abbey, unnoticed at the Emmys 2012

Downton Abbey, unnoticed at the Emmys 2012
Isabel del Rio

Downton Abbey, unnoticed at the Emmys 2012. However, with or without Emmys 2012, I’m going to keep on enjoying this romantic fantastic TV series.

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

We are surprised knowing that TV series Downton Abbey (a BBC production) has been a loser at the Emmys 2012 (exception of Maggie Smith) but well, its change of category, from miniseries to TV movie, has not been good for it.

Season One started too much slow, that is true, and we needed time to be sympathetic with the English Earl of Grantham and his family, all of them worried because they don’t have a suitable male heir for the state (last one had died after the sinking of the Titanic in April 1912).

Lady Mary, Earl of Grantham’ eldest daughter, cannot inherit the state since she is a woman, and her only chance of continuing her old life is to marry the new heir (a lawyer cousin). Well, we know, not very interesting. However, the great performance of Michelle Dockery saves the dull plot. Same happens with Maggie Smith, her granny in the series, able to give a fantastic touch of irony, creating a funny atmosphere.

Anyway, this unfashionable society is faced with the world of the servants, much more real and attractive. Homosexuality, love, gossip, bad desires and heroic behaviors. In the end, everybody identifies with some of them. Mine, she is Anna Smith (later Anna Bates), the head housemaid (played by the handsome Joanne Froggatt)

Season Two was much more interesting in my point of view. In fact, it was fantastic. The First World War has started and some of the main characters have to fight. Downton Abbey is converted in a hospital where the little daughter of the Earl starts to work as a nurse. She is in love with the Irish chauffer. Then, social conventions start to be broken and passion and romanticism are the rule of the season. Anna Smith is also in love with a man of dark past who finishes in prison.

Season Three is still better but, you see, it has been the great looser at the Emmy’s awards. The war is over but it starts the ruin of the family. The rhythm is exciting and every time happen new strong situations. Furthermore, Shirley MacLaine is part of the cast. Face to face with Maggie Smith!!!! Good!!!!

With or without Emmys, I’m going to keep on enjoying this fantastic TV series.

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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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