It’s a novel concept:
Create a TV series that becomes Britain’s most beloved export since the Beatles… kill off the show’s most beloved stars…then make fans wait an entire year for the next installment.
Of course, we’re talking about Downton Abbey, a series on hiatus for so long, a friend is beseeching me to watch Broadchurch online from the BBC.
But diehards are diehards– they certainly die hard on Downton Abbey!–and you can bet some fans will show up in their Edwardian finery on Oct. 30, 2013, at the Morristown & Township Library for the next meeting of the D.A. Support Group.
This month’s theme ties in with the November election across the Colonies. Author and professor George Robb will discuss how voting worked in early 20th-century England.
We vote to bring back Matthew Crawley!
(Spoiler alert!!! Spoiler alert!!!)
Just in time for Halloween, how about a zombie version of Downton Abbey?
Make way for… The Walking Crawleys.
FROM THE MORRISTOWN & TOWNSHIP LIBRARY:
Meeting of the Library’s Downton Abbey Support Group
Voting at Downton Abbey – featuring British Historian Dr. George Robb
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
How realistic are the situations in the show Downton Abbey? Is the class consciousness on display by everyone from Lord Grantham to Mr. Carson really that accurate? History can tell the true tale and even on the subject of suffrage, it is surprising who exactly could vote in elections and who had what rights according to British Law. Join us as historian Dr. George Robb examines the differences between social classes in early 20th century Britain and casts his critical eye upon the show’s portrayal. Come armed with questions you may have about the show’s accuracy as compared with British history!
The Morristown & Morris Township Library’s Downton Abbey Support Group (to support the show’s fans during the long breaks between new episodes) will host its next meeting on Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. Tea and scones will be served and period costume is always welcome, but not required. This program is supported by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.
George Robb is a professor of British, Irish and Modern European history at William Paterson University. He received his BA from the University of Texas and his PhD from Northwestern University. He teaches courses in British and Irish history and the history of crime. Professor Robb has published numerous articles on British social and cultural history, and he is the author of two books: White-Collar Crime in Modern England (1992) and British Culture and the First World War (2002).