12 Days of Downton: What To Do At Your Downton Abbey Viewing Party This Weekend

With excitement high virtually everywhere for the Series 2 premiere of Downton Abbey this weekend (three days, hurray!), everyone is clearly thinking about how to appropriately mark such a momentous occasion. And, really, what better way to do so than by having your nearest and dearest period drama-loving friends over to watch along with you? (It’s what I’m planning to do, after all, so I’d like to hope I won’t be the odd woman out with this particular scenario…) So, if you think you might like to throw yourself a Downton viewing party this Sunday andcelebrate the return of the Crawleys to America, click through for a few suggestions about invitations, food, beverages and party activities that will make your get together the very envy of society. Or at least, get some tasty snacks out of the deal.

Heads Up for Doc Martin Fans: Rewatch From The Beginning This Weekend And Get Ready for Series 5!

Good news for our Doc Martin fans – this Saturday on WETA we’re starting the entire series of Doc Martin over with the very first episode, “Going Bodmin.” (The second episode, “Gentlemen Prefer,” will air immediately following.) Then we’ll run through all four series, finally leading up to the moment everyone’s been waiting for….the premiere of Series 5. Yes, you read that right. New episodes of Doc Martin, coming to WETA this April. Commence the celebration.

And remember when I said that I was going to marathon my way through all of Doc Martin and write about it? Well, now I have absolutely no excuse – and even a handy pre-determined viewing schedule - so stick around for a weekly walk down memory lane with me and all the folks in Portwenn, starting this weekend.

12 Days of Downton: The Best Downton Abbey Parody On the Internet and Other Fun Things

The lovely thing about Downton Abbey’s meteoric rise to popularity over the past year is that not only do we get an incredible actual product (as I can only assume that Series 2 will continue right on being brilliant), we also get to enjoy the fun little extra bits and bobs which pop up here and there (thanks, internet!) poking fun at the successful period drama.

So, while we’re whiling away the hours until Sunday night, why not click through have a few laughs with some of the entertaining Downton-inspired items from around the web.

A New Year’s Treat: Watch A Scene From the Sherlock Series 2 Premiere

For those of us in America who are counting down the days till the Stateside premiere of the BBC’s wonderful Sherlock adaptation in May, the lovely folks over at fan site Sherlockology are nothing short of an amazing resource during our time of waiting. (123 days to go! Not that I have a countdown clock or anything. Because that would be weird.)

Their site is dedicated to remaining spoiler-free until after the US broadcast, but they have still been regularly providing us with photos, reviews and other goodies that fans can indulge in without worrying about whether they’ll ruin the experience of watching for themselves when the time comes. (I’m a big fan of theirs – can you tell?)

Like this clip from Series 2’s first episode – A Scandal in Belgravia - which aired in the UK this past Sunday. All viewers can feel perfectly safe watching it, as it reveals nothing about the overall plot of the episode, and is basically just two minutes of Sherlock and John being awesome, as well as a bit unorthodox in their investigating methods. It’s definitely worth a look, so click through and have at it!

12 Days of Downton: Take the MASTERPIECE Downton Abbey Personality Quiz!

C’mon, admit it, you’ve thought about whether you’re most like the Dowager Countess, Anna Smith or Matthew Crawley, right? Or at least you have definite opinions about whether you’d belong upstairs or downstairs.

Well, wonder no more. You can find out for yourself, courtesy of our brand new Masterpiece Classic Downton Abbey Personality Quiz, now available on the WETA website.

 

Which Downton Abbey Character Are You?

So go ahead – take the quiz and let us know what who you got! (Personally, I am the Dowager Countess. No comment on whether I may have taken it a couple of times to get that result, just because it’s a childhood dream of mine to grow up to be Maggie Smith.)

 

12 Days of Downton: A Downton Abbey Series 2 Wishlist

With Series 2 of Downton Abbey just days away (finally – our countdown is in single digits!), it seemed worthwhile to think about what the ideal new season would look like. There are so many plot points from Series 1 to deal with – not to mention that pesky World War – that anything can happen.

So, click through for my personal wish list of what I’d like to see the most in Downton Series 2. This list is completely spoiler-free (I stayed away from the one topic that I’ve seen spoilers for, as I figured it wasn’t fair to come up with predictions influenced by things that I knew would actually happen!), so feel free to take a read through and tell us what you’d most like to see in Downton’s new episodes in the comments.

Watch the Trailer for Julian Fellowes’ Upcoming Titantic Drama

Following the UK broadcast of the Downton Abbey Christmas special, ITV ran a new trailer for Downton creator Julian Fellowes’ latest historical drama – the four-part miniseries Titanic.

Titanic will re-tell the story of the sinking of the famous ship and is set to screen during the Spring of 2012 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the disaster. The cast includes Linus Roache, Toby Jones, Geraldine Somerville, Timothy West, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Sophie Winkleman, Celia Imrie and many more.

ITV’s press release says that the drama will focus on a variety of different characters, from upper-class guests to steerage passengers and that their stories will all draw together by the series’ conclusion. It sounds a bit like Downton Abbey On A Boat, but if the trailer’s anything to go by, it looks well worth it. (And if it were Downton Abbey on a boat, would that be so bad?)

Check it out for yourself after the jump!

12 Days of Downton: One Week Until Downton Abbey Series 2!

It’s officially the New Year, and while that means fresh starts and new beginnings and all that manner of thing, it also means we’re officially one week way from the US premiere of Downton Abbey Series 2!

We’ve still got a whole week of Downton celebrations coming up for you here at Telly Visions this week, but do drop us a comment if you’ve something specific you’d like to see or talk about!

A couple quick Downton-related tune-in tidbits for you:

  • If you missed our re-broadcast of Series 1 and still need to catch up in time for the new episodes – or if you just want to see what all the fuss is about for yourself at last – we’ll be re-airing the entire first season one more time before new episodes start. Tune in at 3pm on Sunday, January 8, for another chance to see the whole thing. We’ll be showing all four episodes back-to-back-to-back-to-back, leading in to the Series 2 premiere at 9pm.
  • In case you weren’t aware, the Downton Christmas special that just aired in the UK last weekend, will be broadcast in the US, and you won’t even have to wait any extra time. It’ll air as the final episode in this Series 2 run, so we will be all caught up with the folks across the pond once we're through.

Happy New Year to All!

Happy New Year, Telly Visions readers! Wishing all of you all the best in 2012 – hoping you have a wonderful year, full of lots of love, laughter, and, of course, some really great British television.

Things I’m particularly looking forward to in the new year? New Sherlock obviously, as well as Downton Abbey’s return, new Absolutely Fabulous after a multiyear absence, and finally getting my teeth into Doc Martin to catch up and get myself ready for new episodes this Spring.

Other things I’m excited to try? The Fades, Merlin Series 4, finally having the time to get into Misfits Series 3, the BBC’s new Great Expectations, a new series of Doctor Who in the Fall, Julian Fellowes’ Titanic miniseries, a new series of Skins, Stella, more Poirot, another series of Upstairs Downstairs, Call the Midwife, Birdsong, and I imagine a bunch of other things I’ve managed to leave off this list or that I didn’t even know existed. If 2011 was anything to go by, the new year will doubtless bring us some fantastic programs, both new and familiar.

What are you most looking forward to in British TV in 2012?

A 2012 Wishlist: 5 Things That Would Be Awesome To See in Sherlock Series 2

With the UK premiere of Sherlock Series 2 roughly 24 hours away (give or take a bit), the internet is flooded with pictures, promos, and a palpable sense of excitement. Some might even say euphoria. (Don’t believe me? Just check out the Sherlock hashtag on Twitter. It’s a bit busy!)

At the beginning of December, a group of seriously lucky people in London attended a screening of the first episode of Series 2, “A Scandal in Belgravia,” and if that weren’t awesome enough, they got to watch the new installment in the company of many of the cast an production crew who made it *and* attend a panel Q&A session afterward with Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Benedict Cumberbatch and Lara Pulver. (Watch a video of this panel here; beware, it’s a tiny bit spoilery.) I was not one of those people unfortunately, but the event did serve as a bit of a catalyst to start the personal speculation gears turning about what Series 2 might actually look like. (And if it has since given me an occupation that has distracted me from looking for reviews and spoilers the past couple of weeks, well, that’s all to the good.)

After all, this new series is tackling what are probably Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most recognizable, iconic stories and, given the quality of the first season, there’s little doubt that the episodes will do the source material justice, it’s likely that both viewers and dedicated Holmes fans will have strong opinions on how they should be depicted. And from a personal perspective, I wanted to get this on paper before I inevitably found out too much about them. We will have to wait until May to see these episodes in America, but it’s never too early to start talking about them!

So, click through for some spoiler-free ramblings on what I’d like to see in the new series, and feel free to share what your ideal Season 2 would look like in our comments!

 

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