I haven’t had cable TV for the past five years. We watch
DVDs and we’ve got streaming Netflix, so I’ve never missed day-to-day TV —
that is, until the season two premiere of Downton Abbey! Yes, I know how big of a geek that makes me. I’ve been
pining away to find out what happens next on this Masterpiece Theater British
costume drama/soap opera ever since I watched Season 1 in practically one
sitting on Netflix. There’s a war, you know!
Poor Bates! Sweet Anna! And would Lady Mary ever confess to
her love for Matthew and/or give her sister Edith the slapping she so richly
Well, apparently I wasn’t alone. The premiere last Sunday
night raked in 4.2 million American viewers, which is double the normal nightly
average for PBS. It was like the nerd Super Bowl! I went out and bought an
antenna for my TV so I could watch it. I felt like a crafty Dowager Countess,
but without the corset.
So what British things will we eat and drink while we watch
the next episode? Cuppa tea? Chocolate biscuit? I’ll
tell you, I’d rather have the lamb stew that the household staff was eating
last week than the Crepes Suzette from upstairs that the new maid was asking
for. Posh airs, bollocks.