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Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 8

Written by witf.org, | Feb 23, 2015 11:30 AM

Photo by Nick Briggs/Carnival Film

Celebrate the return of Downton Abbey and dish about the latest episode with WITF Talks-- WITF's returning podcast series. Find out what all the buzz is about each Monday with entertaining recap and commentary from WITF's Fred Vigeant and Katie Lengyel. Plus, take a deep dive into the intriguing world of Edwardian era history with Dr. Jennifer Nesbitt, Associate Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University - York campus. We'll break down the latest plot twists, one liners and cliff hangers.

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  • Jim Foster img 2015-02-25 13:06

    On the subject of the prejudices of the era, I think that, in general, Lord Fellowes does a great job of showing us how people thought and acted in that time. BUT,...two exceptions: 1. He lets the British upper crust make all kinds of negative comments about the Jews, but seems to treat Rose's relationship with a Black bandleader with kid gloves. I doubt that is realistic. I think it reflects present day sensibilities more than those of 1930s Britain. 2. I think he makes some of our favorite characters (Lord Grantham, Mr. Carson, etc.) way too tolerant of gays. Hard to imagine two such conservative men thinking that way. For a more realistic portrayal, look at the Detective character in Grantchester. He seems like a good-hearted generally tolerant person. But, he thinks gay behavior is improper and should be prosecuted.


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