The Sixth and Final Season of Downton Abbey

With many tears of sadness, the British TV show, Downton Abbey began airing its sixth and final season, with it finally reaching the U.S. on PBS this January. For those of you unfamiliar with Downton, the TV show is a period drama about the aristocratic Crawley family and the lives of their servants, who live in the lower level of their estate, Downton Abbey. The show takes place in Yorkshire, England, and begins the day after the sinking of the Titanic, proceeding through the early 20th century. The story lines show how historic British and world events affect the lives of the Downton residents and British social hierarchy. Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, leaves no ounce of drama out of this captivating TV show.

If you like history, drama, romance, an aesthetically pleasing TV show, snappy one-liners from Maggie Smith, and British accents, then Downton Abbey is the show for you. Luckily at Media Services, we have the first five seasons ready for you to check out and binge watch before season six ends, and the lives of our beloved characters are only left to our imagination.

The Dowager Countess, Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith), suggests starting a little faster.

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-Samantha Hanzel

British Invasion!

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Let’s admit it. Slowly but surely we’ve been becoming obsessed with British media. Especially British television. From Downton Abbey to Sherlock to Doctor Who, British pop culture is slowly starting to invade the mainstream US media. With BBC America and streaming based services these shows are easier to access and are now becoming more popular than ever. Netflix and Hulu are even starting to broadcast some original programming with shows like The Wrong Mans, The Fall and Derek.

Here at Media and Reserve Services we are not exempt from this. We’ve slowly been expanding our collection of British movies and television.  In this blog series I’d like to highlight some of the items in our collection, maybe introducing content that isn’t as well known. I’ll also be discussing British media in general. Including an upcoming post about the British Television Awards (which are this Sunday).

In the meantime check out some of our media from across the pond.

TV Series
Ripper Street
Little Britain
Extras
State of Play
Secret Diary of a Call Girl

Feature Films
28 Days Later
The Full Monty
Waking Ned Devine
The King’s Speech
About Time