Many of us are eagerly awaiting 2014, ready to implement those resolutions and goals.

I’m with ya on those, too, but there’s another event I’m looking forward to this week: the start of Season 4 of Downton Abbey!  In our neck of the woods, the first episode of the new season airs this Sunday, January 5th.

Highclere Castle, setting for Downton Abbey.  Photograph by Richard Munckton, via wikimedia commons.

Highclere Castle, setting for Downton Abbey. Photograph by Richard Munckton, via wikimedia commons.

For those of you not familiar with it, Downton Abbey (created by Julian Fellowes) is a BBC series set in early-20th century England, revolving around the Earl of Grantham’s family and their extensive below-stairs staff.  The series began with the family being affected by the sinking of the Titanic, proceeded on to and through WWI, and is currently set in the post-WWI years.  The costumes and set are breathtaking, the stories are riveting, and the actors bring to life the memorable characters.

A fan favorite is the character of Dowager Countess Violet Grantham, portrayed by Maggie Smith.  A few months ago I shared an amusing clip (the swivel chair scene) in this post.  For anyone interested in the 60 Minutes interview with Maggie Smith and have the time (it’s 15 minutes long), click here.

 

But for those of you looking for a quick laugh and a refresher of what you love about this series, here’s a mash-up clip of one-liners and scene bits featuring the irrepressible Lady Grantham.  Enjoy!


Do you follow Downton Abbey?  What are your favorite moments?  I’d love to hear from you!

 

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Best wishes for a happy 2014!

~Kathy

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