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^ It's partly that London has special status, but also that expression "up to London" mainly seems to be used by people in the upper social classes (which would certainly include the Crawleys). England is funny like that (even today, not just back then).
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The Dowager Countess is really delivering some great zingers this final season. Maggie Smith going out with a bang.
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NY Times review, episode 3. LOL re reviewer's comment about granny knowing what a gear stick is. -- John
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NY Times review, episode 3. LOL re reviewer's comment about granny knowing what a gear stick is. -- John
I love this show and the people in it. Watching every week's show is like putting on a well worn but comfortable pair of old shoes.

As has been noted many times in this thread, the great Maggie Smith's lines and her delivery of them have been particularly terrific. No actress who has ever lived has done arch comedy as well as Dame Maggie.
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Audio

I've posted earlier about the picture quality of this series, but I felt I had to comment also about the sound.

This is not an in your face, heavy on the subs and surrounds mix, but I am struck by the clarity of the speech. So often in movies - and occasionally TV dramas - I am struggling to understand what an actor is saying, wishing I'd activated the subtitles. But here every word is clear, a tribute to the on-set recording, and also to a well-crafted sound mix. Additionally, I never get the feeling that the entire track has been subjected to a dynamic range compressor, the easy way out for so many mixes (though often the fault of the transmission channel dumbing down an otherwise fine mix). So here's thumbs-up to another aspect of a fine television series.
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Lots of witty and delightful dialog in this week's 6th episode. Stood out, perhaps, from what emerged from so many other shows during the week. There's a small sampling in the NY Times recap. -- John
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Lots of witty and delightful dialog in this week's 6th episode. Stood out, perhaps, from what emerged from so many other shows during the week. There's a small sampling in the NY Times recap. -- John
Thanks for the link to the terrific NYT review of this week's show! It was funny and charming. The critic who wrote it, Louis Bayard, gets Downton Abby.
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I thought it funny that the people who live in the house knew very little about the house.
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