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Downton Abbey set to go off with a bang!

Downton Abbey returns to our television screens (ITV) this Sunday (18th September 2011) at 9pm. Following the incredible success of series one with 11m viewers for the last episode and eleven nominations at the Emmy’s; Downton Abbey has captured the attention of the entire nation.

The first series followed the lives of the Crawley family and their servants with engrossing storylines of love, betrayal and extreme class division. The series left the audience in suspense with the declaration of the First World War.

The airing of the new series faces rivalry of the new series of the spy drama Spooks. However with the explosive opening of Downton, (shown on BBC today) it will be very hard to move from the edge of your seat. Series two trailer:

So why do we love period dramas?

A blog from The Telegraph helped answer this question. Audiences love the costumes, the architectural setting, the (poetic) use of the English language and all in all the history is what makes the future. Downton Abbey offers audiences escapism, enjoyment and above all entertainment.

Although Julian Fellowes, writer and producer of the show, has come under scrutiny for historical inaccuracies, Downton has earned a renowned status: most popular costume drama since Brideshead Revisited in 1981 and has been sold to more than over one hundred countries.

Fellowes describes the show’s level of popularity as:

‘We were playing to something like a third of the adult population,’ he said. ‘I mean, nobody could expect that level of success, except for Simon Cowell. It was completely mad.’

With a strong cast, well written script and beautiful scenery Downton Abbey is not to be missed. Follow the story unfolding further this Sunday and be part of history. Stay tuned into my blog for a review of episode one next week!



The biggest event of 2011?

The UK has recently been voted the ‘second most popular country‘ and that comes as no surprise when we are blessed with a monumental occasion on 29th April 2011. The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, or is it?

The media coverage of this event will be phenomenal yet until that date we will, and are, constantly overwhelmed with articles and videos speculating, scrutinizing and spying on the royals.

These are a mere selection of todays latest revelations:

However, there is a particular article that caught my eye on the BBC and it may please you, if like the article, you feel the events coverage, media framing and attention is just a little too much: the royal wedding naysayers.

Are you looking forward to the event? Do you reckon it will it help encourage marriage in Britain, as some people have argued? Or is the coverage too much? Are we focusing with blinkers on a wedding dress when we should be addressing other issues, such as Libya and our economy in the police force. Should we be ordering the official merchandise and planning our street party?

None the less Rebecca Craft’s world will be covering the event nearer the time, (but will resist) the urge to cover extensively the remaining seven and a half weeks until the big day…

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

February 21, 2011 1 comment

Cast your mind back to 2002 and you may remember The Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  The celebrations across the UK were phenomenal featuring a royal tour and a pop concert featuring guitarist Brian May playing a God Save the Queen solo from the roof of Buckingham Palace. To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 requires great preparation, organisation and skill.

The Queen’s diamond emblem has been revealed. It has been designed by ten-year old Katherine Dewar. One of the thirty-five thousand entries run by the children’s BBC programme Blue Peter. The design is simple yet effective with the union jack being surrounded by diamonds. This design will feature on everything from tea towels to teacups. The official emblem can be downloaded free of charge from the Monarchy website and you can discover more about the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

It has been announced that the celebrations will fall on the first weekend of June 2012 which is only weeks before the beginning of the London Olympics. The government have agreed to move the traditional Bank Holiday at the end of May to 4th June and grant an additional bank holiday on Tuesday 5th June. Making a long four-day weekend to celebrate a monumental occasion and celebration in history.

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