Downton Abbey – Yes, one is aware this is not a book

If Downton has left one wanting for riveting British class drama, try these…

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishguro for an aged butler reflecting on a life of service to a “great gentleman”

Atonement by Iain McEwan for young love torn apart by class, war, and misunderstanding

Longbourn by Jo Baker for below stairs drama in a retelling of Pride and Prejudice from the servants’ perspective

The Suspicions of Mr Witcher by Kate Summerscale for a whodunnit at a wealthy estate, based on real events

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The Ships of Downton Abbey Had Captains Before You Joined Their Crews

(Don’t worry, there aren’t any spoilers here for the latest season (4), just some familiar faces.)

So I’ve been watching Downton Abbey s4 lately, and I’m coming to realize that one of the (many) things that makes it a unique show is that whatever pairing you happen to ship, all of the characters are such gossips and busybodies that one of them has surely gotten there first.

Some examples: