Downton Abbey has Widespread Appeal

Does it seem like everyone you know is watching and talking about Downton Abbey and you’re on our request list? With the show airing in over 100 countries and having won six Emmys in 2011, it is easy to understand why the widespread attention.

While you wait for your queue, check out the following Downton Abbey watch- and readalikes.

One of the most loved television series is brought back to life with a fresh cast in Upstairs, Downstairs as Housekeeper, Rose, recruits a new ‘downstairs’ family to help run the elegance and finery of the ‘upstairs’ world.

Based on the novel by E.M. Forster, the cultured, idealistic Schliegel sisters, the materialistic Wilcox family, and poor romantic Bast find a point of intersection at an English country house called Howards End in Herfordshire.

In turn-of-the-twentieth-century England, orphaned Christina upsets the male-dominated, class-conscious environment when she is sent to live with her uncle and two male cousins at their decaying country mansion, Flambards.

Cranford, in 1842, is a market town in northwest England. It is a place governed by etiquette, custom and above all, an intricate network of ladies. It seems that life has always been conducted according to their social rules. Also, check out Return to Cranford.

Manor House is a fascinating look at the grand and grueling British class system of the early 1900s.

Books

The World of Downton Abbey is a companion book to the popular British series about the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants offers insights into the story and characters and background information on British society in the early years of the twentieth century.

Below Stairs is a kitchen-maid’s memoir of life in the great houses of England and brilliantly evokes the long vanished world of masters and servants portrayed in Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs.

Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey examines the life of Lady Almina, the fifth Countess of Carnarvon, and the events in Highclere Castle during the First World War.

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