John Maguire on Film

Downton Abbey is fundamentally a drama that celebrates one class of people oppressing another

15th September, 2019
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Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville in Downton Abbey

I wasn’t a fan of Downton Abbey, which ran for six seasons between 2010 and 2015 at a time when I must have been doing something else with my Sunday evenings. The only episode I’d seen before sitting down to watch the inevitable big-screen adaptation revolved around the preparation and serving of a bowl of soup.

Still, the escapades of the fictional Crawley family, the hereditary Earls of Grantham, and their domestic servants...

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