Saturday, September 29, 2012

Saturday Link List - sitting in front of the tele

Masterpiece Theater, Upstairs Downstairs

I don’t know what it is about British television, but I think it’s much better than American.  It all began with dramas like Upstairs Downstairs in the 1970s.  And now they brought that series back!  It's already aired in the U.K.  And in the US, the first Season was on Masterpiece Theater, earlier in the year.  I missed those three episodes, but PBS is giving American viewers the chance to catch up  on the whole story this Sunday, so I'll be taping it.  Or you can watch it on the internet, after Sunday.  Season 2 starts October 7th.

Masterpiece Theater, Downton Abbey

Julian Fellowes created another English saga, all about masters and servants: Downton Abbey.  This HAS to be one of my favorite Masterpiece Theater series.  It began airing in September 2010 in the U.K. and came to America in January 2011.  In Season 3 (airing January 2013), Shirley MacLaine joins the cast as Cora’s (the Countess of Grantham) mother.  Again, you can catch up on the story by watching Season 2 in December.

If you're a fan of the show, you might want to visit downtonline, an interesting website with behind the scenes information and photographs.   

The downstairs gang pillow from larksongcreations

I went by Etsy to see if any cute handmade items were for sale following the theme of upstairs/downstairs and found this great looking pillow honoring the downstairs crowd.  Made by Lisa Knowlton from larksongcreations.

Another favorite British television series I’ve been watching is Doctor Who.  Now I have to admit, my husband is a bigger fan than me, and I’m just beginning to understand the storyline, which is complicated.  There are a lot of online sites with information about The Doctor, but I think the most readable site is the BBC programming page 

If you’re interested to see if there's a Dr. Who facebook page, I can affirm in the position that there is.  With over 2.7 million likes!

Here are some more handmade items on Etsy, devoted to The Doctor.


Sarah ~ Magnolias Attic said...

I loved Upstairs, Downstairs! I'll have to check it out again! And eventually I'll find Downton Abbey! Thanks for the links!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I've seen these in the NetFlix listings...I'll have to check them out!

Isobel Morrell said...

Glad you enjoy the UK TV programmes! Must confess, I've never watched any of the ones you list! However, am not much of a TV nut: if I sit and watch it, am asleep with minutes (but maybe it's my age that contributes!) Prefer to keep my eyes open and sew instead. You can see some of the offerings at, if you feel like a change of viewing! Following and commenting are always welcomed - so do hope you'll give us a look-see!

All the best. Isobel

Splendid Little Stars said...

I may have watched an episode of Upstairs Downstairs; I don't remember.
I fell for Downton Abbey after Season 2 when I started hearing so much about it. Since it was already over, I got DVDs from our library and after watching them my husband and I just had to buy them. I can't wait for Season 3.
Both of those shows were inspired by the book Below Stairs by Margaret Powell who was a kitchenmaid. It's quite an interesting read.
I haven't seen Dr. Who. Perhaps I'll check it out. (I'm not really a TV person.)

BeadedTail said...

I haven't seen any of those shows so I'm clueless but I do like the items you found.

Rose said...

Another great idea for a link list! Jake loves Downton Abbey. Two of our other favorite British shows are Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look.

Jenny said...

Doctor Who is my favorite show right now. I'm obsessed :)

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