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Series Two of the hit show Downton Abbey received a mixed response from
critics following the near universal praise of the first series。

Some aim to distract us; others seek to help us
understand。Downton当然是前者,它就是来闪你的眼的。

Mad Men zeroes in on one particular ad agency in New York City and its
star creative director, Don Draper, in the ‘60s。 Although the
series, one of the most recent period dramas on TV, looks at life as
an ad man, it also gives viewers a looks at the ’60s through its
characters relationships, homes, career problems, racial issues and
families。 The seven-season series stars Jon Hamm as Don Draper,
Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson, Vincent Kartheiser as PeteCampbell。

And Benedict Cumberbatch was one of those who was left unimpressed with
the last series, calling it ‘f***ing atrocious’。

很不幸,被闪中了。我有华丽剧情结。看到中毒至深时,满脑子都是lord lady
cousin mama papa, 跟同事说话都想带点posh腔。

《广告狂人》主要讲述的是上世纪六十年代,纽约一家特别的广告公司和创意总监唐·德雷柏的故事。虽然是连续剧的形式,它却是最早以广告人的视角来描写生活的电视剧之一。通过对人物关系、家庭、职场问题,种族问题以及家人的描写,该剧向观众描绘了上世纪六十年代的种种场景。该剧共有七季,由乔·哈姆饰演唐·德雷柏,伊丽莎白·莫斯饰演佩吉·奥尔森,文森特·卡塞瑟饰演皮特·坎贝尔。

The Sherlock star launched his withering rant at the hugely popular show
while promoting his new BBC period drama Parade‘s End。

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2.North & South (2004)

It was elementary to see that Cumberbatch was less than happy with his
new show being compared to Downton Abbey – and he was quick to air his
frustrations about the series。

Matthew and Mary – Season 3
 
Unfortunately, Series 3, episode 1 will find the dastardly Sir Richard
visiting Downton once more to talk to Mary. He is still madly in love
with her and he has some shocking pictures taken at the British Embassy
in Paris 2 years ago.
 
Mary is distressed. She recalls a game of sardines that went horribly
wrong. It began innocently enough with several people squeezing with
Mary into the wardrobe of her guest room at the Embassy.
 
Mary had no idea pictures were taken. Those present appear in the
pictures to be in various states of undress and Mary in one appears to
be being pleasured by the Dutch ambassador. Another appears to shows
Mary performing an intimate act with the wife of the Brazilian
ambassador. The whole thing is being avidly observed by the French
Minister of Sport and Recreation.
 
Mary is shocked as she doesn’t remember the game being half so lewd.
However Sir Richard assures her that photographic experts have checked
to make sure the pictures are not a fakes.
 
The upshot is that Richard is still in love with Mary and can’t let her
go. He threatens to publish all the Downton scandals in his papers
including the shocking photographs. Mary therefore breaks off her
engagement to Matthew knowing that this latest scandal, together with
the photos, would be too much for her parents or Matthew to live with
(you knew the Christmas episode was too good to be true!)
 
Matthew, thwarted once more in his quest for Mary, has turned his
attentions to a series of bland Lavinia lookalikes. The latest being
Lady Silvia, whom he has bought home for the weekend.
 
Carson the Butler, who has a distinctly over-fond affection for Lady
Mary, glares subtly and icely alternately at Lady Silvia and then at Sir
Richard, seated next to Mary.
 
But at this moment, Matthew is daydreaming and recalling the day he and
Mary first met. They shared a picnic on the lawn at Downton and Mary had
got cream from the strawberries in her hair. Mary laughed as she wiped
the cream away, Matthew turned to his Mother and whispered,
 
“There’s Something About Mary”

南方与北方

He told the September issue of Reader‘s Digest: ’We’re remembering that
there was a world before the First World War。 We’re living in a culture
now that’s revering, or having a nostalgia trip with, the beginning of
the 1900s。 Although Downton traded a lot on the sentiment in the last
series…but we won’t talk about that series because it was, in my
opinion, f***ing atrocious。‘

Fobidden Passion

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While in Britain,sniping about Cumberbatch‘s background and “all the
posh-bashing that goes on” frustrated him。

Later that evening, we see a shadowy dark figure full of menace,
stealing into the back entrance leading to the servant’s area.
 
It is none other than the sinister (but essentially good) John Bates,
Lord Grantham’s Valet, who was charged with murdering his first wife in
the last series. In the The Christmas special he is found guilty and
facing the death penalty, later commuted to life in prison.
 
Bates, unable to control his passions for Anna, has escaped from prison.
He sneaks into Anna Bates’s bedroom (his new wife) for a secret night of
passion.
 
Meanwhile, Lady Edith (the middle Crawley daughter) finds herself
strangely drawn to the new housemaid, Janet Egge. Edith is generally
disappointed in love and feels inferior to her prettier sisters.
 
Janet is strikingly attractive with strong features and a masterful
manner, unusual in housemaids. She has a way with Edith’s hair and
always chooses the right gown to make Edith look her best.
 
Janet also has firm hands and as she dresses Edith she often caresses
Edith’s neck and other parts of her anatomy.
 
Tonight Edith has a slight headache and Janet kindly massages the back
of her neck and her temples in order relieve the discomfort. “You’re
very pretty” said the maid, casually.
 
“No, No I’m so plain compared to my sisters.”
 
“That’s just the way you’re made to look, said Janet, straying
dangerously from the script. “They make you up to look plain but you’re
not. To me you’re much more beautiful than your ‘sisters’ and you have
fabulous legs!”
 
Edith is confused by such strange talk by a maid but at the same time
deeply flattered. As she rises from the bed, Janet kisses her warmly on
the cheek. Without knowing what she is doing Edith returns the kiss,
hungrily finding Janet’s sensuous lips.

This BBC mini-series follows Margaret Hale‘s move from a house in the
south of England to a house in the industrial north and the obstacles
she faces along the way。 The series, based on the Victorian novel by
Elizabeth Gaskell, takes place in the 1800s in the midst of a
cross-class love between Margaret and the dashing John Thornton。 This
show grips its viewers from the first episode, and more than ten years
later, it is still one of the best TV period dramas。 The four-episode
adaptation stars Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret, Richard Armitage as
John Thornton。

“It’s all so predictable。 So domestic, so dumb。 It makes me think I
want to go to America,” he added。

 Cora the Countess

这部BBC迷你剧讲述的是主人公玛格丽特·希尔从英国南部搬到北部的工业区以及沿途遇到的各种困难的故事。影片改编自伊丽莎白·盖斯凯尔的小说,以十九世纪时维多利亚时代为背景,讲述了玛格丽特和锐气十足的约翰·桑顿之间跨越阶级的爱情。该剧自开播其就深受观众欢迎,即使在十几年后的今天,它仍在最佳历史剧之列。该剧共有四集,由丹妮拉·丹拜·阿什饰演玛格丽特,理查德·阿米蒂奇饰演约翰·桑顿。

Although he attended Harrow and was classically trained, Cumberbatch
told Radio Times: “I wasn’t born into land or titles, or new money,
or an oil rig”。

Cora and Isabel

3。 Reign(2013)

His upper-class image is likely to be reinforced next week when he stars
in the BBC period drama Parade’s End, playing an anguished Edwardian
aristocrat。

Meanwhile downstairs, Isabel Crawley, Mother of Matthew (he who really
loves Mary) is sharing with Cora the Countess, wife to the Earl, how she
wishes to start a school at Downton for the wayward village children.
 
“We’ll teach them in the drawing room, they can dine with family and
sleep in the guest bedrooms..”
 
Cora is having none of it. After all, she spent the entire war with a
house full of injured soldiers. She grasps poor Isabel firmly by her
collar and, With her Mother Martha Levinson’s help (played by Shirley
MacLaine), drags Isabel from her chair and propels here to the front
door. Carson opens the door and Isabel is unceremoniously ejected from
Downton Abbey.
 
Edith
 
Edith wakes up in bed. She is very drowsy, naked and recalls a strange,
sensuous dream about Janet her maid. She remembers the phrase ’Tipping
the Velvet’ then becomes aware of something or someone warm beside her,
under the covers.
 
Later, as Janet dresses Edith, Janet tells her that soon everything will
be different. In the 1920’s they will be able to wear short skirts and
kiss in public. She talks of the Jazz age and the Charleston and how
women will soon have the vote and one day girls will be able to marry
each other. How the shortage of men, due to the carnage of the Great
War, makes it inevitable that the status of women must change.
 
These cultural and historical references, whilst helpful to the viewer,
confuse poor Edith. However, Edith emerges into the dining room at
dinner with a ‘cat that got the cream’ smile. She is looking forward to
an early bedtime and being tucked in by Janet.

《风中的女王》

虽然《唐顿庄园》第一季好评如潮,但是第二季却是褒贬不一。而这贬低的队伍中就有一位大名人——因《神探夏洛克》走红的“卷福”本尼迪克特·康伯巴奇。

 Robert Crawley, The Earl of Grantham with Carson His Butler

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日前,他在宣传自己的新剧《队列之末》(Parade‘s
End)时,对《唐顿庄园》极尽冷嘲热讽之能事,甚至还爆出了粗口,称这部剧实在太烂。

Robert, the Earl of Grantham

Although the costumes or the story aren‘t authentic, this underrated
series is addictive。 Reign, loosely based on Mary, Queen of Scots,
is full of romance, political intrigue, drama, Queen Catherine’s
scheming and the scary world of the French court in 1557 France。 The CW
series stars Adelaide Kane as Queen Mary Stuart, Megan Follows as Queen
Catherine, Torrance Coombs as Sebastian。

而卷福在鞭挞《唐顿庄园》之时,自家的后院也不消停。因为“豪华”的背景,使他在本土饱受抨击。

Meanwhile, Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham (husband to Cora) is
returning from London on the train. He is secretly delighted to find his
first class carriage invaded by a noisy party of young women.
 
Whilst suspecting they don’t have first class tickets, their vivacious
personalities and good looks make him decide not to summon the guard.
 
He soon finds that his fellow travellers are all actresses and are on
the way to the village music hall at Downton run by his new son in law,
Tom, to perform in the Christmas Pantomime.
 
The girls produce a bottle of gin that is passed around. The Earl
quickly learns the pantomime is Dick Whittington and in turn passes
round a bag of acid drops.
 
“So which one of you girls takes Dick?” he asks innocently, trying to
deduce which actress will don thigh boots and cross dress to play
Whittington.
 
“We all do dearie says the blond in the corner,” with a naughty wink,
“but not for acid drops!”

虽然服装和剧情的真实度还不够,但这部被低估的剧胜在能使人上瘾。《风中的女王》以苏格兰女王玛丽为主人公,讲述了关于浪漫、政治阴谋、戏剧。诡计多端的凯瑟琳以及1557年黑暗的法国宫廷。该剧由CW电视台出品,阿黛莱德·凯恩饰演玛丽女王,梅根·佛洛斯饰演凯瑟琳王后,托伦斯·库姆斯饰演塞巴斯蒂安。

卷福拥有一个优雅的名字——本尼迪克特·康伯巴奇,毕业于哈罗公学和曼彻斯特大学则让他拥有一份让其他艺人艳羡的学历,而且他饰演的角色也都非常高贵。就是因为这些原因,本尼迪克特·康伯巴奇成为那些“羡慕嫉妒恨”的人攻击的对象,他们觉得康伯巴奇的背景大大影响着他的职业生涯。

Lady Mary, Thinking about Matthew?

4。 Downton Abbey (2010)

“所有关于我‘豪华’的攻击都在持续着,但我除了名字以外,我的学历和其他方面都不是天生的,我没有大量的资金,也没有属于自己的石油钻井平台。”本尼迪克特·康伯巴奇表示,自己的高学历经常成为别人抨击的对象:“所有这些都是可预见的,这就是英国的特色,这种丑像让人无言以对,因此我觉得只有到美国发展才能避开这些困扰。”

John Bates, Lord Grantham’s Valet and Husband of Anna the Maid

《唐顿庄园》

而对于本尼迪克特·康伯巴奇来说,此前他已经参演了好莱坞影片《战马》,《星际迷航2》中也将出现他的身影,这或许也将成为他从英国转战美国影视圈的契机。

Downton DVD and Blu-ray

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Christmas At Downton Abbey [Region 2]

This upstairs/downstairs drama surveys a British aristocratic family,
the Crawleys, and the servants that work for them on an estate called
Downton Abbey。 This romantic series, which begins in pre-World War I
England just after the RMS Titanic sank, tells the stories of
inheritance, class differences, marital tribulations and more。
Downton Abbey stars Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Laura Carmichael
as Lady Edith Crawley, Jim Carter as Charles Carson。

Have Matthew and Mary finally got together? The dance at the servants
ball, the passionate embrace in the snow – don’t miss it!

这部类似于《楼上楼下》的电视剧以一处叫做唐顿庄园的地方为背景,讲述了英国贵族克劳利一家和与其仆人的故事。故事充满浪漫情怀,描绘了第一次世界大战前的英国,那时候,英国皇家邮船泰坦尼克号刚沉没不久。故事描绘了关于遗产,阶级差异,婚姻的不幸等种种问题。《唐顿庄园》中由休·博内威利饰演罗伯特·克劳利,劳拉·卡尔迈克尔饰演伊迪丝·克劳利,吉姆·卡特饰演查尔斯·卡森。

Amazon Price: $22.99
 

5。 Boardwalk Empire(2010)

Downton Abbey: Season 2 (Original U.K. Edition) [Blu-ray]

《大西洋帝国》

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Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey

This series takes viewers back to the U.S。 during the Prohibition era
in the 1920s alongside an Atlantic City politician who doesn‘t always
choose to stay on the right side of the law。 The federal government
takes an interest in him when they realize his lifestyle is too
luxurious for his political status and that he has relationships with
politicians and mobsters。 Although this Terence Winter-created HBO
series can be slow at times, it is intense。 The series stars Steve
Buscemi as Enoch ’Nucky‘ Thomspon, Michael Shannon as Nelson Van Alden
and more。

Amazon Price: $16.99
List Price: $34.99

这部电视剧将观众带回到1920年颁布禁酒令的的美国,在一个叫做大西洋城的地方,有一个不时违反法律的的政客。在了解到这名政客过着极度奢华的生活,而且黑白通吃后,联邦政府对他产生了兴趣。该剧由特伦斯·温特担当制片人,并在HBO电视台播出,虽然偶尔进度缓慢,但剧情十分紧凑。《大西洋帝国》中由史蒂夫·布西密饰演伊努·“努基”·汤普森,迈克尔·珊农饰
尼尔森·范奥登。

Downton Abbey Series 1 & 2 [Blu-ray]

Seasons 1 and 2 in Blu-ray. The ultimate Downton treat!

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More Downton Season 3!
•For more on Downton Season 3, Isis Gives the Dog’s Perspective!
Everyone is raving about Downton Abbey so what will happen next in
Series 3? Here is a dog’s eye view from Isis of the scandal-packed plot
lines due on screen in the UK in 2012!

Mary’s Wedding

The next day is Mary’s wedding. With a heavy heart and accompanied by
her Father, Mary is driven to the village church to Marry Sir Richard.
 
Everyone who is anyone is there but, for Mary, the service passes by
like a bad dream. The couple say their ‘I dos’ and the Archdeacon
declares Richard and Mary man and wife.
 
Mary gives Sir Richard a cursory peck on the lips and they walk slowly
down the aisle to the muted applause of the congregation.
 
Suddenly there is the sound of a violent struggle in the porch and a
dishevelled, breathless Matthew appears at the church door.
 
“I object!” he rages angrily, striding down the aisle in riding boots
towards the altar.
 
“Too late!” shouts Sir Richard Carlisle, “we’re already married!”
 
Matthew runs towards Sir Richard, who pushes his new wife aside and
draws a 9mm pistol from his pocket. Carlisle strides towards Matthew,
his face blazing with anger, aiming the pistol. Suddenly, Carson sticks
his leg into the aisle bringing Carlisle crashing down.
 
Two plain clothes policemen fall on top of Sir Richard, (they were there
hoping to apprehend Bates) and lead Sir Richard from the church in
handcuffs.
 
Mary looks lost and confused as Matthew takes her in his arms in front
of the altar. There is rising buzz of conversation and exclamations from
the scandalised congregation.
 
Carson moves swiftly to the front of the church and guides Matthew and
Mary out through the vestry. He then hands Matthew a handful of coins
and points out an Omnibus, due to leave the Post Office in 5 minutes.
 
Matthew grabs Mary’s hand, she hitches her wedding gown above her knees
and they sprint for the bus.
 
Violet and The Earl emerge, running, from the church just in time to see
the couple board the bus.
 
“An Omnibus!” Remarked Violet, dryly. “They could at least have run off
in an automobile. I warned you, Robert not to marry an American. See
what her Yankee blood has done to your daughters? And why could they not
have run away before the wedding?”
 
“Oh well,” she added with a sigh, “at least Edith is free of any
scandal.”
 
As the bus draws away, all the passengers turn and stare, open mouthed
at the somewhat dishevelled Matthew and the beautiful bride in her
ornate wedding dress sitting next to him on the back seat.
 
The couple grin back like naughty children. Matthew waves through the
window in the direction of Violet as the Omnibus picks up speed.
 
And Finally
 
Well that’s the start of season 3. Yes, I know that ending seemed
familiar but even writers as good as Julian Fellowes sometimes adapt
other writer’s plots. By the way, do you know which movie the ending
came from?

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