This isn’t so much a weird thought, but a thought that comes to mind every Sunday (or every Sunday that I find myself watching Downton Abbey).
I love Downton Abbey. For me, it defines Sundays in autumn. I have to watch Downton Abbey with a BGRW (Big Glass of Red Wine). As I type, Downton Abbey is on and I’m very excited.
However, there are aspects of Downton Abbey that annoy me.
They never get fat.
They eat huge meals every night. They eat meals of at least three courses. Yet, they never get fat. They move very slowly. They never exercise. They don’t run, go to Zumba, or play any sports. Yet, they never get fat. There is no justice in that.
They never seem drunk.
They drink wine every night. They drink lots of wine. They drink different wines with each course and they probably have brandy after dinner. Yet they always seem completely sober. They don’t dance like nobody is watching, fall over or snog inappropriate people.
They don’t age.
Series One began in 1912. We are now in the 1920s, they have hardly aged since 1912, even the older characters. What skin cream do they use?
They don’t raise their voices.
They disagree with one another occasionally yet they never shout, get cross or call each other bad things. Is that because they are posh? Do not posh people in the current century shout at each other? Rather than shouting, they tend to show their discontent in scathing sarcasm. It’s entertaining but is it realistic?
They don’t go to the toilet.
See my blog entry about people in films. The same applies to Downton Abbey.
It is never summer.
They always seem to be out and about in winter coats in the streets of Oxfordshire, oops I mean Yorkshire. Don’t believe me? Watch it.
They pop over to London as if it were next door.
London is not close to Yorkshire. This bothers me. If I were to go to London, from Shrewsbury, in the year 2014, it is a big deal. It takes planning and perhaps an overnight stay. On Downton Abbey they seem to ‘pop’ down to London and this is the age before diesel train travel.
They wear lots of clothes but they never go shopping.
Or at least they don’t seem to to me. I guess they must do, perhaps they go on Monday to Saturday when we’re not watching.
Besides all that I think that it is an excellent drama and I love every bit of it. On that note, I’m now going to finish my wine and watch the rest of tonight’s episode.