Author Topic: Counting Down to the End of....Downton Abbey  (Read 135784 times)

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Re: Have you been watching Downton Abbey?
« Reply #180 on: January 06, 2014, 01:20:15 pm »
I'm long on Downton.  Absolutely love the series!

Take the quiz and tell us which character you turned out to be.

(It appears I'm to be Mr Carson...)

http://www.buzzfeed.com/justinabarca/which-downton-abbey-character-are-you
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Re: Have you been watching Downton Abbey?
« Reply #181 on: January 06, 2014, 03:37:07 pm »
I took that quiz and I am Anna. I'm glad I'm not someone who's no longer on the series.

I can totally see you as Mr. Carson! did you see the season premiere last night where Carson's relationship with a guy named Mr. Griggs was explored?
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Re: Have you been watching Downton Abbey?
« Reply #182 on: January 06, 2014, 03:47:22 pm »
I took that quiz and I am Anna. I'm glad I'm not someone who's no longer on the series.

I can totally see you as Mr. Carson! did you see the season premiere last night where Carson's relationship with a guy named Mr. Griggs was explored?

I'm Mr. Carson, too.

Interesting to see them bring Mr. Grigg back. He was in an episode in season 1, I think, where he came to "expose" and blackmail Mr. Carson by threatening to reveal their past together in vaudeville/music hall.  What were they called?  The Singing Charlies?  I can't recall.

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Re: Have you been watching Downton Abbey?
« Reply #183 on: January 06, 2014, 04:08:21 pm »



Which "Downton Abbey"
Character Are You?


You got:

Violet Crawley,
Dowager Countess
of Grantham


BBC / Via visiontv.ca

Like Bey said, “This my shit, bow down, bitches.”


Hmmm. How is that possible considering I chose:




But then, of course, I did choose:

“It seems a pity to miss such a good pudding.”

 :laugh:


"Tu doives entendre je t'aime."
(and you know who I am...)


Cowboy Curtis (Laurence Fishburne)
and Pee-wee in the 1990 episode
"Camping Out"

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Re: Have you been watching Downton Abbey?
« Reply #184 on: January 06, 2014, 04:14:07 pm »
I took that quiz and I am Anna. I'm glad I'm not someone who's no longer on the series.

I can totally see you as Mr. Carson! did you see the season premiere last night where Carson's relationship with a guy named Mr. Griggs was explored?

Yes, I would be most unhappy to find I was a deceased character.  I did watch the season opener last night, and I've carefully avoided all internet spoilers regarding season 4.  Top notch production values - it really is the only program I look forward to seeing every week.
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Re: Have you been watching Downton Abbey?
« Reply #185 on: January 20, 2014, 07:57:15 pm »
Here's an article from The Telegraph regarding Dame Kiri as Dame Nellie:


How Downton Abbey got Nellie Melba all wrong

The real Dame Nellie, as played by Kiri Te Kanawa in Downton Abbey, was an old soak who would never have tolerated being treated as a tradesperson



By  Rupert Christiansen, Opera Critic

10:15AM BST 07 Oct 2013

Confined to her room with a cup of tea and treated by Carson as though she was a visiting tradesperson during her visit to Downton Abbey? The real Dame Nellie Melba wouldn’t have tolerated such treatment for a nanosecond. In 1922, she had enjoyed 30 years of being received as a social equal by crowned heads and aristocrats throughout Europe, and she would only have sung at a private party as a personal favour to her host. Melba was nobody’s hireling: she called all the shots, and the Granthams and their staff would have quaked at her approach.

Impersonating this gorgon, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at 69 looked much younger and more glamorous than the real Melba (who in 1922 would have been eight years younger).

But she sounded rather worse - recordings of the Australian soprano dating from that era demonstrate singing far more secure and shapely than Dame Kiri’s. Sharp unsteady intonation, heavy vibrato and tastelessly swooping portamento vitiated what fragments we heard of her performance of two arias by Puccini and a song by Dvorak: the dastardly Green’s reference to the noise of ‘a cat on a bonfire’ was unkind, but Mrs Patmore’s expression of heavenly rapture was scarcely convincing, and no wonder that poor Anna Bates whisperingly complained of a headache. 

Dame Kiri delivered a few lines of dialogue in stiffly parroted and nervous fashion which reminded me that even in her glorious vocal prime she had never been much of an actress, while her flatly modern mid-Atlantic accent was nothing like Melba’s cultivated diction (of which evidence survives on a recording of her farewell to Covent Garden in 1926). I greatly admire the shrewd casting of Downton Abbey, but this was not one of its happier inspirations.

Two footnotes: at dinner, Melba-Te Kanawa admitted to a study of claret and a fondness for Haut Brion: the real Melba was rumoured to be not so much a sophisticated oenophile as something of an old soak, but dedicated professional that she was, it is highly unlikely that she would have touched throat-desiccating alcohol just before singing. And I was unconvinced by Isobel Crawley’s expressed preference for the music of Bartok, which had barely registered in the Britain of 1922 - a douceur for Debussy might have rung a little truer. In other words, Downton Abbey’s cultural pretensions had tripped up once again, leaving the whole episode deliciously ludicrous and emptily improbable.

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Re: Have you been watching Downton Abbey?
« Reply #186 on: January 20, 2014, 08:29:30 pm »
Hmm. I feel a sudden craving for Peaches Melba. ...
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Re: Have you been watching Downton Abbey?
« Reply #187 on: March 19, 2014, 04:54:18 pm »
Any Branson fans out there?  Allen Leech starred in an Irish film called "Cowboys and Angels" in 2003.  It's fun to see him play a very different type of character.


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Re: Have you been watching Downton Abbey?
« Reply #188 on: March 19, 2014, 05:02:16 pm »
Also, did anyone recognize Lord Gillingham?  The actor's name, Tom Cullen, was vaguely familiar.  But it took me forever to put it together:  he's the guy from "Weekend"!


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Re: Have you been watching Downton Abbey?
« Reply #189 on: March 19, 2014, 05:03:37 pm »
And, as himself: