Episode 9 – Gilded Age Heiresses

Posted 2 June 2011 by

2 Responses to Episode 9 – Gilded Age Heiresses

  1. Jess says:

    Loved the podcast. A couple of reccomendations are the new version of Upstairs Downstairs. Also Downton Abbey, an excellent look into the reltationships between masters and servants!

  2. Having now watched all four episodes of Season One of “Downton Abbey,” I am quite captivated by this series. Comparisons with earlier offerings, such as “Brideshead Revisited” or “Upstairs, Downstairs” are, of course, inevitable, and perhaps a bit unfair. Like those tales, this, too, is set in a world of aristocratic grandeur, though, by nature of the era, also on the brink of upheaval. But what makes the large social canvas here so rich, is not just the easy, bold strokes of dramatic plot device, rather, too, the subtle, gentler strokes which add a patina of truth even to the smallest characters or situations. Perhaps predictably, in Downton Abbey Dame Maggie Smith upstages every brick, as well as its inhabitants, but the remaining cast hold to a strong second behind her. And her characterization is deserved, never flamboyant or clever just for its own sake, but a masteful performance throughout. There is also great humor here, as well as beauty and intrigue. Highly entertaining, this show makes me wish I lived back then, though despite the lack of modern medicine and technology, but of course fantasy puts MY room UPstairs. One’s wish is always to be Lord of the Manor, not the footman. Yet, here, both earn our compassion. I couldn’t recommend it more. So enjoyable, I will feel sad to see this tale end.