Downton Abbey

If you didn’t watch the six year series on PBS, Mr. Carson (Jim Carter), the former butler, and Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan), his wife and Downton housekeeper, will give you a 15-minute summary of what you missed. I was lucky to see a sneak preview of the movie last week. Here are a few tidbits.

It’s 1927 and a royal message has arrived that the King and Queen are coming to spend one night at Downton on their way north. Immediately, the entire staff downstairs goes into a frenzy as preparations begin. The Silver Room is emptied and polishing begins, sheet draped rooms are aired and prepared. Tents and chairs are brought in for a Royal Review and reception but most importantly all of the Crawley family begins to arrive.