We have always loved Downton outdoors—not scenes of the ladies roaming the hedges at some tea party, gossiping about Sir Evelyn Napier’s hot friends, but the outdoor scenes of country sports, like the pheasant shoot last season, the family hike where Sir Richard wears the wrong tweeds, or that fan favorite, the fox-hunting gallivant with Kemal Pamuk. Whereas Downton’s whole upstairs-downstairs shtick depends deeply on its Carnarvon interiors—on the judge-y appraisals of those fringed lamps—the outdoors really remind you the show is on (gorgeous) location. It’s like stumbling upon a vivid, perfectly preserved colorplate in the middle of an ancient, yellowing library book. Especially for American audiences, where the closest thing to Matthew casting his fly rod in a west-highlands stream, the amber evening sun catching the sine curve of his line, is, what—Bassmaster?

Our Downton Abbey Season Three finale recap in full, here!

We have always loved Downton outdoors—not scenes of the ladies roaming the hedges at some tea party, gossiping about Sir Evelyn Napier’s hot friends, but the outdoor scenes of country sports, like the pheasant shoot last season, the family hike where Sir Richard wears the wrong tweeds, or that fan favorite, the fox-hunting gallivant with Kemal Pamuk. Whereas Downton’s whole upstairs-downstairs shtick depends deeply on its Carnarvon interiors—on the judge-y appraisals of those fringed lamps—the outdoors really remind you the show is on (gorgeous) location. It’s like stumbling upon a vivid, perfectly preserved colorplate in the middle of an ancient, yellowing library book. Especially for American audiences, where the closest thing to Matthew casting his fly rod in a west-highlands stream, the amber evening sun catching the sine curve of his line, is, what—Bassmaster?

Our Downton Abbey Season Three finale recap in full, here!


And now—record scratch—Branson in a cricket sweater. Branson jogging in slow motion in a cricket sweater! What we’re encouraged to believe is the softer side of Branson The Dad is essentially just poshification—some extra-abrading sandpaper taken to his more unsightly Marxist edges. Now he’s all like, “Stop ruining the dinner party, Mrs. Patmore made lobster, does that mean anything to you” to his “drunken gorilla” brother, and tucking into soft-boiled eggs and starched papers before a leisurely saunter to the estate farms.

More in our weekly recap!  Read and tell us what you think of Branson’s new, Brooks Brothers-y lease on life.
And now—record scratch—Branson in a cricket sweater. Branson jogging in slow motion in a cricket sweater! What we’re encouraged to believe is the softer side of Branson The Dad is essentially just poshification—some extra-abrading sandpaper taken to his more unsightly Marxist edges. Now he’s all like, “Stop ruining the dinner party, Mrs. Patmore made lobster, does that mean anything to you” to his “drunken gorilla” brother, and tucking into soft-boiled eggs and starched papers before a leisurely saunter to the estate farms.

More in our weekly recap!  Read and tell us what you think of Branson’s new, Brooks Brothers-y lease on life.

Last night’s Downton Abbey (read no further if you’re spoiler averse!):

Lady Sybil was shunted into a terrible wig-hat, still managed to have a perfect daughter, and then met her (gasp!) untimely end while the family watched—check out Matthew’s totally casual, just-riding-the-subway posture in the family shot.

More on the heartbreak and high frivolity of episode four, here.

All, courtesy Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for Masterpiece.

Faces of Funny | The Judd Apatow Comedy Portfolio
Photograph by Mark Seliger
Downton weekend! We are hotly ancitipating Sunday’s premiere, and so we have some advisories and exciting things to share:
You can find us participating in a panel live-tweet—moderated by fellow Downton obsessive Patton Oswalt—on Sunday night starting at 9 p.m. ET, and can see it on the Masterpiece site as well as this old reliable spot. And for Monday morning’s recap, we’ll post some here and the effervescent rest on VF.com. Bon weekend (what’s a weekend, anyway?)!
Photograph from The Evening Standard magazine, which sorely needs a Tumblr.

Downton weekend! We are hotly ancitipating Sunday’s premiere, and so we have some advisories and exciting things to share:

You can find us participating in a panel live-tweet—moderated by fellow Downton obsessive Patton Oswalt—on Sunday night starting at 9 p.m. ET, and can see it on the Masterpiece site as well as this old reliable spot. And for Monday morning’s recap, we’ll post some here and the effervescent rest on VF.com. Bon weekend (what’s a weekend, anyway?)!

Photograph from The Evening Standard magazine, which sorely needs a Tumblr.

washingtonpoststyle:

Part One of “Downton Abbey,” the stuffy, salacious new PBS miniseries that we are completely obsessed with, is now available in its entirety online.

A can’t-miss. For more on the show’s stunning Elizabeth McGovern, see her VF spotlight.