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23 April 2012

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Is that Captain Wentworth and Mr. Tilney in the books, or in the most recent film adaptations (i.e. Rupert Penry-Jones).

Sarah,
Well, there's absolutely nothing wrong with Rupert Penry-Jones (although I prefer Ciaran Hinds, and the version he was in), but mainly I like the boys in the books.

I seldom if ever have "appointment TV". I recommend the DVDs so you can watch when you can. Each season is only 6 or 7 episodes.

Donna,
Actually, I kind of love "appointment TV." Lends more excitement to the experience. But it is hard to keep 6 or 7 appointments.
Thanks for recommending it--lots of people who know of my Brit addiction have--so I know I'll watch it sometime. Right now I'm just waiting for the next three episodes of "Sherlock"!

I like the 1995 version better as well, but I do seem to recall you swooning over Mr. MI-5. Of course, my remembery isn't what it used to be . . .

I haven't read this book, but I think the series was waaaay overrated. And that is from someone who usually loves that kind of show. I hope the book is more accurate about the period than show. There were so many scenes where the interaction between upstairs and downstairs was so implausible. Overall the writing in the tv show was really lame. Not at all what I expect from such lavishly filmed period dramas.

Watch this hilarious spoof of Downton Abbey

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5dMlXentLw

Sarah,
Well, who WOULDN'T swoon over Rupert Penry-Jones? But even I, in the depths of swooniness, must admit the 1995 Persuasion was vastly superior to the one in which RP-J made his appearance.

Thomas,
If you weren't a fan of the show I certainly wouldn't bother with the book. Any good history of service work in Great Britain would be better, or perhaps you might like Margaret Powell's hilarious memoir "Below Stairs"?
Yes, Downton was a bit "modern" for me. I find I like the adaptations of works by authors of the time much better than "new" productions, including such programs as "Lark Rise to Candleford" and the second "Cranford" production, which wasn't as closely based on Elizabeth Gaskell's novel. I'm snobby that way. :)

Heidi,
Thanks for the link! I'm off to watch it.

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