A bit late to the craze, I jumped on the Downton Abbey bandwagon last May, several months after Season 1 had finished airing in the United States. I enjoyed Season 1 and had been looking forward to the U.S. premiere of Season 2 this month. What would become of Mary and Matthew? How would the war affect both upstairs and downstairs?
Shortly before the new season started, a friend showed me a parody that was produced by BBC for last year’s Red Nose Day called Uptown Downstairs Abbey. It’s a spoof depicting life behind the scenes of a Downton Abbey-esque period drama. Starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley (aka Eddie and Pats from one of my favorite British comedies: Absolutely Fabulous) and American actress Kim Catrall, this comedic production is pure genius. It even uses the real set and music from the show.
I’ve already watched it several times and will probably come back to it time and time again when I need a laugh. The YouTube links for Part 1 and Part 2 (complete with a “recap” sequence at the beginning of Part 2) are:
The only drawback to watching this video is that I’m often reminded of it while watching the real show, and sometimes I can’t keep a straight face through scenes that are supposed to be serious.