‘Downton Abby’ Popularity

February 24, 2012 by staff 

‘Downton Abby’ Popularity, If you were lucky enough to be a cast member on the wildly popular British TV series Downton Abbey, written by Oscar winner Julian Fellowes, you might be reluctant to offer script guidance.

But actress Lesley Nicol, who plays the perennially exasperated cook Mrs. Patmore on the acclaimed British drama — which began airing on Vision TV this week — had the pluck to do just that.

“I have made a suggestion,” the 58-year-old actress announced with a laugh during a recent telephone interview from London.

“I don’t know whether this will come to fruition, but I’d like to see Mrs. Patmore in love.”

Such a development would no doubt be endlesslyanlyzed by the rabid fans of Downton Abbey, which follows the inhabitants of a majestic Yorkshire mansion in the early 1900s.

Viewers have become enthralled by the soapy upstairs-downstairs plot lines dreamed up by Fellowes, who won an Academy Award for penning Robert Altman’s 2001 film Gosford Park.

They’ve also been captivated by the show’s sprawling cast, led by Hugh Bonneville as Downton overseer Lord Grantham, who has his hands full dealing with the whims of his three headstrong daughters and imperious mother (Maggie Smith). His American wife Cora, meanwhile, is played by Elizabeth McGovern, probably best known for ’80s movies including She’s Having A Baby, Ordinary People and Racing the Moon. And then there are the numerous servants of Downton, including the mysterious valet Bates, the evil footman Thomas, his co-conspirator O’Brien and the high-strung Mrs. Patmore.

The popularity of Downton has snowballed since the show began airing on PBS just over a year ago. It received a big boost at last September’s Emmy Awards, winning an armful of trophies and prompting millions of viewers to wonder what the lush period drama was all about.

Legions have since found out.

Downton is a popular download on iTunes and Season 2 is currently airing on PBS. Viewers who want to delve in from the beginning can catch Season 1 on Vision TV (check local listings).

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