Downton on PBS: Episode Five




After the horror that was last week’s episode, Downton: Week 5 fell back into its usual semi-mundane, semi-insane habits with an outing which focused with demented repetition on Ethel’s former status as a prostitute. “Has anyone noticed, by the way, that Ethel [above] used to be a prostitute? Yes, a prostitute who did prostitute things! In the manner of a prostitute!”

Online comments from US viewers are still slightly mystifying. They take it very seriously indeed and worry that they are not understanding elements of the plot and say things like “excellent storyline and excellent acting all-around.” I cannot disagree about the acting. Mostly they think I am rude and disrespectful to Uncle Julian. Which obviously I am. But only when he deserves it.


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