Julian Fellowes is as English as Earl Grey and clotted cream. As an actor, director and writer, he has continually peeked under the petticoats of British mores and conveyed the details with relish to audiences. His writing of the upstairs-downstairs whodunit Gosford Park won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2002, and his subsequent films Vanity Fair and The Young Victoria established Fellowes as the class-fixated Anglophile’s Anglophile.
A lifelong Conservative, Fellowes was made a Peer of the Realm in 2011 and bestowed with the title Baron Fellowes of West Stafford.
Now with season two of the Edwardian-era Downton Abbey, the internationally syndicated costume drama he conceived and wrote for ITV, airing in the States as part of PBS’ Masterpiece.
Downton, the period piece most watched in the U.K. since Brideshead Revisited, left off last season with the outbreak of WWI and the able-bodied men in the household heading off to the trenches.
Get your anglophilia on!
Watch full episodes online at PBS.
Thanks for posting this. Ive been meaning to watch, but procrastinating. Now that I know its streaming, Im gonna check it out tonight!
It’s awesome. Season 1 is no longer on PBS but it is available on Netflix.
Season 2 just started and the first few episodes are on PBS Masterpiece until Feb 28, 2012.
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