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Is Downton Abbey Going Down or is David Mitchell Ranting in Vain?

January 23, 2013

I was talking to a Downtown Abbey fan today and she was telling me that she loves the show, but that she also loves David Mitchell’s rants. Which is interesting, because David Mitchell has recently been ranting against the show (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b87E3kamWOg).

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The first series was better, than the second, the writing has gone to pot, and the whole World War One thing is reminiscent of Narnia. You get the idea.

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For those of you who don’t have the time to check out the David Mitchell rant on YouTube, here are some excerpts (http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/downton-abbey-david-mitchell-says-1318418):

He criticised plots such as the heir to Downtown losing the use of his legs then suddenly being cured, and a bandaged impostor claiming to be the heir to the Earl’s fortune, vanishing, and never being mentioned again.

Of the second series, which saw audiences of up to 10 million, he said: “Lord Grantham nipping over to the Somme in an Apache helicopter wouldn’t have noticeably increased the daftness.”

And he concluded: “You can’t help but realise it’s just actors saying lies in hats.”

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