Brit flicks for the Downton Abbey down time

Another season of Downton Abbey is over too quickly!Wisdom from Downton Abbey's Dowager CountessWhile this wasn’t my favorite year, I still think it’s one of the best things on TV, and I’ll be waiting for season five to arrive. What was your favorite part of season four?

The final episode delivered a lovely moment between the Dowager Countess and Tom as they headed onto the dance floor at the ball. They’re two of my favorite characters, and I like the relationship that has evolved between them as the family has adapted and accepted him. The party fashions were amazing, of course, in true Downton style.

Earlier in the season, I thought it was entertaining when Lady Mary and Charles Blake were on bucket brigade in the pig pen. Although her character has grown on me over the course of the series, it was still fun seeing a prim and proper member of the family getting filthy on the farm.

Now I’ll have to find other ways to get my English period drama fix. I have a couple of DVDs ready and waiting for me.

I think I’ll start with The King’s Speech. Since it won several awards, I have no doubt that it will be excellent. I also bought the 12-episode BBC adaptation of Little Dorrit, and I’m looking forward to seeing Charles Dickens’ London come to life through the miniseries.

Interestingly enough, both feature actors who have portrayed Mr. Darcy – Colin Firth from the BBC Pride & Prejudice adaptation and Matthew Macfadyen from the 2005 Keira Knightley Pride & Prejudice film. Coincidence? Well, I do love Mr. Darcy in both versions! It won’t be too long until I get around to rewatching each of them.

While we’re on Jane Austen, have you watched the BBC’s 2009 version of Emma starring Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller? It’s another Masterpiece Classic that I absolutely love and have to pull out to watch once in a while.

One other movie I have to mention since it’s the end of February: Leap Year with Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. It’s a lighthearted little rom com that takes place (mostly) in Ireland with likeable lead actors.

What’s your favorite British TV show or movie?

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