Downton Abbey Is Over. Now What?

February 27, 2012

Well, if you are feeling bereft and miserable now that ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 2 has hightailed it off of our television screens, here’s a little wee consolation prize for you:


North and South
I recently watched the 4 part mini-series ‘North & South’ (NO, NOT THE ONE WITH PATRICK SWAYZE – ALTHOUGH THAT TOO IS AWESOME. The ‘80’s were so rad!!). It was great! This version is set in England and focuses on the cultural divide between the privileged rich in southern England/London and the privileged rich in an industrial cotton mill city further north. The barest nutshell of the plot is that it’s a more realistic version of ‘Pride & Prejudice’, set in a factory town.

And guess who’s in it:


It’s Mr. Bates! I mean, Brendan Coyle! He’s got a great part in ‘North & South’, playing a head honcho factory worker dude. He’s sporting more hair in this show, both on his head and on his chest. I thought it was important that I share that information with you, so I did.

See? It’s really him! I was STOKED. I didn’t know he was in it before I watched it.


Ok so here is what’s awesome about the show. The show plot itself is a bit of a downer, (No Dowager Violet jokies here) but friends, the chemistry between the two leads is CRAZY HOT. Which is my main beef with ‘Downton’ – the yawn factor between Matthew and Mary.


Matthew & Mary are so NOT HOT.


HOT.

Let me put it to you this way. The Kiss, which basically marks the end of any English period drama, in ‘North & South’ made my knees feel wobbly. FOR REAL. The Kiss, at the end of ‘Downton’ Season 2 made me giggle. And made me feel bored. This is bad. They need to fix this. I would rather watch Mary and Sir Richard fight it out. Why couldn't she have reformed him or something?

There’s a book by Elizabeth Gaskell, which was written in 1854. I’m going to be reading it right after I finish up my current book.

North & South Trailer

So go check out ‘North & South’. And come back and tell me 1) How hot is Richard Armitage? and 2) How hot is Mr. Bates in his factory-working man-unbuttoned-halfway-down shirt?? (HOT.)



(Image credits: http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/4400000/Margaret-and-John-north-and-south-4435023-900-350.jpg)




16 comments:

  1. LOVE this miniseries! I completey agree with you about the chemistry between the two leads. Good call for this being a cure for the Downton Abbey blues!

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  2. Have you seen these Downtown Abbey paper dolls? http://www.vulture.com/2012/02/print-out-vultures-downton-abbey-paper-dolls.html They popped up in my PInterest feed the other day. :)

    It's funny, when I first started reading this post I thought you were talking about the '80s North and South with Patrick Swayze! :)

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  3. Hey Miss B! I wanted to watch the show again as soon as it was over! It's THAT good.:)

    @Michelle: Yes I've seen those, so hilarious! A friend posted on Facebook, as well as Jenny from My Favorite and My Best. Ah the Downton love just goes on and on and on.....

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  4. and here I am waiting on pins and needles for the next episode of 'the walking dead' each week... tho both my sisters and my mother are watching everything you speak of above... I'm sure I'd love them too, we'll have to netflix downtown abby and north & south at some point when we're feeling a lack of enjoyable entertainment (which will happen, it always does)

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  5. Oh we watch that one too Robyn! Andrew loves that show. I quake in terror while we watch.

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  6. I quake in terror and LOVE it at the same time... and I don't think I'll ever get tired of the ongoing discussion about what we would do/ how we would react/ how long we would last in a zombie apocolypse.

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  7. I cannot believe it! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE "North & South"! Impossible not to fall in love with Thornton! ♥

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  8. Yes Patricia!! Impossible! I'm ready to watch it again...

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  9. Just finished watching Downton Abbey last night. I'm already having withdrawal symptoms...this might be just the cure.

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  10. It's soooooooooo good Helen!!! :)

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  11. I can't wait until Downton Abbey starts again!! Thanks for the North and South recommendation! On another note, Melissa, I am giving you the Liebster Blog award! Check out my latest post for details. :)

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    1. Thank you sweet Leanne! You are so kind. And I am right there with you waiting, waiting for Downton to start back up....

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  12. This was my no-Downton-Abbey solution, too! I think Paul's actually looking forward to Downton Abbey more than I am. He refused to watch Masterpiece Theatre for years and then he got hooked on Downton and Lewis and I can get him to watch almost anything filmed in England now. Ha!

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    1. that's so hilarious Lauren! Andrew totally watches all this stuff too now, under the guise of 'keeping me company'....;)

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  13. I totally followed the Netflix suggestion to watch North & South and it was wonderful. Then I watch it again and then tried to find anything featuring Armitage! Love me some British period pieces!

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    1. OH YEAH to more Richard Armitage! He's in the new Hobbit film as the Head Dwarf, but he's all covered up with hair. That man needs to be in More Stuff.

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