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At the start of Downton Abbey: A New Era we are given a quick recap of what's what and who's who by actor Kevin Doyle (who plays the bumbling Moseley), reminding us what the heck has gone on most rece…
Making art about art, and making it entertaining, is always a struggle. Whether it is a movie about a writer (watch him THINK) or a chef (see the food that you can't taste!) or a painter (well... I gu…
I know several people that washed their hands clean of Downton Abbey when the show dared bring horrible suffering on Joanne Froggatt's sweet and saintly housemaid Anna Bates. How DARE they! We all kne…
Rather than picking up right where Season One left off, Season Two of Indian Summers jumps ahead a few years to 1935. This allows for some shakes ups to happen with old and new characters, and for pol…
Despite having an interesting premise (the birth of modern retail in the UK by a savvy American entrepreneur) and soapy plots involving characters from the company boardroom to the loading docks, the …
It is now 1925, and things continue to change at Downton Abbey. Manors and estates down the road are shuttering their windows and auctioning the family heirlooms, lords and ladies are cutting their ho…
Who doesn't like to see an occupying empire crumble? I'm not sure why the era of the British occupation of India is so specifically fascinating, but it has all the elements that make for good drama: p…
I know I wasn't the only one that just about threw in the towel on Season Four of Downton Abbey. As if the carnage of losing two popular characters in Season Three wasn't enough, the show threw unspea…
This hour-long Masterpiece special is obviously just a space-filler to quench the thirst of viewers who are salivating over all-things Downton Abbey. It has the depth and feel of a DVD extra, with beh…
Set in 1961 London, the series Breathless opens intriguingly, as a handful of doctors and nurses discreetly visit a woman in her own residence to perform an illegal abortion. Cash is passed, and every…
Apparently I wasn't the only one who thought that Jeremy Piven, starring as the titular character in the Masterpiece series Mr. Selfridge, was simply too much. It wasn't just his jarring American acce…
Young Harry Potter gets to stretch his legs in this made-for-TV historical drama, and redeems himself quite nicely, I must say. In fact, except for the initial jolt of recognition when he first appear…
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