Honestly, if I had only seen the trailer and never the series itself, this “Downton Abbey” Season 2 preview would have me first poking fun at its cliched and overwrought style and then, quickly running far, far away. It’s positively goofy and not too far off from a Carol Burnett spoof. To my great surprise, the first series sucked me in harder than a pervert’s privates to a vacuum nozzle, with a delightfully wicked group of servants and masters who masterfully manipulate and/or lust after each other. If you don’t regularly tend toward period dramas or the idea of a snobby, sometimes wealthy noble family, give this one a shot. Even if you don’t fall in love with any of the Crawleys, you might still be taken in by their alternately wicked and conniving, stern and stoic, and sometimes sweet and adorable staff. But don’t base your impressions on this ridiculous teaser…at least give the first couple of episodes a chance.
Plug your ears and poke some fun:
Season 2 already aired across the pond and is scheduled to premiere stateside January 8, 2012. Meanwhile, a 2-hour Christmas Day Special will be another feast for which we must wait, as PBS has yet to announce when we lowly Americans will have the privilege of a viewing (since it continues on from Season 2, perhaps it will be tacked on at the end). Until then, we’ll have to make do with a few casting details and some lovely photos.
*Note: If you consider photos Spoilers, get out now.
Nigel Havers (“Little Britain, Brothers and Sisters, Coronation Street”) will star as Lord Hepworth; Samantha Bond (“Outnumbered, The Queen”) portrays Lady Rosamund Painswick; Sharon Small (“Mistresses, Murderland”) plays visiting lady’s maid Marigold Shore.
“Downton Abbey” stars Hugh Bonneville, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Dan Stevens, Jim Carter, Siobhan Finneran, Rob James-Collier, Laura Carmichael, Phyllis Logan, Jessica Brown Findlay, Penelope Wilton and Thomas Howes.
Cindy Davis enjoys a good game.