Will You Have Downton Abbey Withdrawal? These Things Might Help.

by Julie on February 15, 2013 · 7 comments

Like the rest of the free world, it seems, I’m a Downton Abbey fan.

Actually, my whole family is. From my parents to my husband to my college-aged daughter and high school son. We’ve all found something to love in Downton. My daughter actually drives the 30 miles or so from college to home each Sunday so we can all watch it together.

Yep, we’re fans.

So with apologies to those of you out there who haven’t yet discovered Downton – or maybe have, but didn’t find it to be your cup of English tea (is that possible?) – here are some things that may comfort those who will experience Downton withdrawal as soon as the final episode of Season 3 comes to a close on Sunday night.

What is a Dowager anyway?

Google defines dowager this way:

what is a dowager

On Downton, the Dowager Countess has become everyone’s favorite Downton character, so we may miss her the most.

60 minutes has figured that out and is airing a profile of Maggie Smith this Sunday, February 17. So set your DVRs to record that before you watch Downton.

Speaking of the Dowager, did you know she’s on Twitter?

Actually, there are several accounts for her, but this one seems to be the most popular with 23,000+ followers.

downton abbey on twitter Comfort Reading

If you’d like to ease the pain of Downton ending by curling up with a good book, consider The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin.

Amazon summarizes it this way:

Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage.

Hmm…an American named Cora who marries into English aristocracy. That sounds vaguely familiar.

I just finished The American Heiress and liked it a lot. It’s a little bit romance, a little bit intrigue, a little bit history. I loved reading about the differences between American and English society during that time.

British Drama

If you’d like to try your hand with another British drama, one I really liked is The Hour.

Again, from Amazon:

Romola Garai, Dominic West and Ben Whishaw star in The Hour, a thrilling six-part drama set in 1950s London when the BBC is about to launch an entirely new way of presenting the news. The dynamic Bel (Garai) is chosen to produce the new program, to be called The Hour,’ with handsome and well connected Hector (West) set to become the anchor, much to the annoyance of Freddie (Whishaw), a brilliant and outspoken journalist, whose passion continually lands him in trouble. Over the six episodes, the interplay of intense ambitions between our rising news team play out against the backdrop of a mysterious murder and Freddie’s controversial and dangerous investigation.

So far there have been two seasons of The Hour. I watched the first on Amazon’s Instant Video and the second on BBC on Demand through my cable system. Netflix offers it too.

It’s a period drama, like Downton, but set in a Madmen era. It’s gritty and a little slower paced, but if you like British stuff, you’ll probably find it interesting.

Are you a Downton fan who will be sad to see it end, or are you tired of the rest of the world talking about it?

This post is part of Twitterature at Modern Mrs. Darcy.

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Sharon February 15, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Okay, I’m one of those people that don’t care very much for Downton Abbey. I’m not a fan of English shows, especially those that take place in a different time period. So, I won’t be mourning it’s last episode! :)!


Julie February 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Sharon! You must be so sick of all the Downton hoopla.


Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy February 16, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I’m a big Downton Abbey fan, and I think I’m about to go into withdrawal since the season finale airs tomorrow night! I think I’ll console myself by reading Brideshead for the 11th time :)


Julie February 16, 2013 at 8:53 pm

I’ve never read Brideshead. Great suggestion, Anne.


Rebekah February 16, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Love Downton and wish it would go on forever:).


Julie February 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I think a lot of us feel that way, Rebekah. Those characters stay with you, don’t they?


Financial Samurai February 20, 2013 at 10:18 am

Ahh, one show I heard good things about but haven’t gotten a chance to watch yet. That good huh? Will get the series on DVD!

Shot you an e-mail last night btw. If you didn’t get it, please e-mail me.



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