Tuesday nights are a very exciting night for me now that Downton Abbey has finally made its way to little New Zealand. In my quiet life of no longer working full time and waiting for the not-so-quiet Baby Lake to come, I now cross my fingers every Tuesday and hope that nothing comes up to take me away from some quality time with the TV.
While I was visiting my family over Christmas, I was able to catch the first two episodes. Since I couldn't watch it online, and with much of New Zealand television dominated by Australian and American programs, I was beginning to lose hope of seeing anymore for quite awhile. However, since Downton Abbey was such a success in the UK, it seems that makes it a worthwhile investment for little Aotearoa. *Cue Händel's Hallelujah.* What's more, the ad campaign for it is HUGE! The series trailer, which airs frequently, has a children's choir version of The Police's "Every Breath You Take." Creepy but fitting. TV Guide also did a huge piece on Downton Abby's debut. All the publicity makes sense considering Downton Abby is Britain's most expensive drama ever produced, as well as its most successful period drama since Brideshead Revisited.
Now the show is finally here and I am loving it. Afterwards, Rhys has to hear me wax on about how stellar Downton Abbey is and how I love the focus on the servants, particularly the hierarchy that exists among them and the relationship between them and the family. Good thing he is such a willing listener. He even (sort of) watches it with me. I'm afraid to say he wasn't as receptive of my confession, yesterday, that one of my favorite characters is Thomas the footman. I know, I know; he's not at all noble but he's a very dynamic character. He reminds me of my cat, Panger Ban; with his perpetually smug expression and the way he always seems to be eavesdropping or at least, up to no good. Besides, isn't the sign of a good story is one in which you have an irresistible attraction to scallywags?
I am especially looking forward to next week's episode since it will be one I haven't seen yet. Unfortunately, by the time all of you across the pond are watching the second installment, I will only be finishing the first *sigh.*