Downton is over. Well, season three is over but the way it ended might make the show over for me for good. I mean really, what were they thinking?! I won’t give anything away; I know many people are waiting to see it-there are almost 300 network holds on season three alone. (Don’t worry though, the holds are going fast. We have six copies and Watertown residents get priority for our items so you’ll get it before you know it.)
Between now and the start of season four I have some time for my wounds to heal before I decide if I will revisit the Crawleys. I have to admit it would be hard not to see Violet again; she alone might be enough of a draw for me. Until then, I’ve decided to search for a few viewing alternatives to help mend my period drama heart.
“ It's 1936, and six years since parlor maid Rose left 165 Eaton Place, fate brings her back, as housekeeper to its new owners: Sir Hallam and his wife Lady Agnes, and Maud, Lady Holland, his mother. Rose soon finds she has her work cut out as she recruits a new 'downstairs' family to help run the elegance and finery of the 'upstairs' world.”
Call the Midwife:
“A moving, intimate, funny, and true-to-life look at the colorful stories of midwifery and families in East London in the '50s. Based on the bestselling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth. When Jenny Lee first arrives in Poplar, she knows nothing about hardship, poverty, and life itself. But Jenny is brought up to speed fast once she joins a team of midwives who provide care to the poorest women.”
“Set in the 1920s, two decades after the first series ends, the plot follows the courtship of two teenage Forsyte cousins: Fleur and Jon. Fluer, the daughter of Soames and Annette, and Jon, the son of Irene and Jolyon, meet by chance as youngsters; now Irene's son has fallen in love with the daughter of Soames, the man she despises above all others. Fleur and Jon haven't a clue that Soames and Irene were once married, all they know is that the family won't talk. Little do they suspect that their parent's dark secret will turn their nuptial dreams into a Romeo and Juliet ordeal.”
“When Arthur Clennam returns to London after several years abroad, he wants to learn more about his mother's new seamstress, young Amy Dorrit. His search brings him to the Marshalsea Debtors Prison, where he learns the truth about struggle and hardship in 1820s England.”