Summary: We started this series not having watched (or been aware of the existence of) the Christmas Special episode and kept feeling like the writers had simply leapt over a number of important issues. If you have seen Series 1 and 2, be sure not to miss that important filler episode before moving on. We enjoyed the series and the developing drama - it's great to be able to follow all these great characters through as they grow and develop.
Summary: One of the many enjoyments from watching DVD's instead of the programmes on tv, is the ability to have 'a fest', greedily watching several episodes one after another, without the deeply frustrating interruption of the mindnumbing adverts. Even recording it and later watching requires fast forwarding through the advert breaks, which affect the continuity of the story.
Excerpt: When this series started it quickly earned a well deserved reputation for a new style of period drama. It's success however has been it's undoing as the urge to keep it going long past its sell-by-date is leading it headlong down the slippery slope of ever more boring soap! This is most evident in the final "Trip to the Highlands" and for me it is rapidly losing its appeal.
Conclusion: Downton abbey takes you back to the 1900's giving a great view of life in the big house both above and below stairs, from the lord and lady and their 3 daughters to the trials and tribulations of the servants. Series 3 is just as great as 1 and 2, it gives you laughter and tears and surprises every step of the way. It leaves you wanting more so much so you just dont want it to end. If you havent seen downton abbey then youve missed a treat. BUY TODAY!