Downton Abbey

The Enduring Appeal of "Downton Abbey"

Sep 24, 2019
Courtesy of PBS

Downton Abbey, the wildly popular PBS television series, is now on the big screen.  We talk with a UNH historian about how accurately the series depicts life in that era and how it reflects the role of women in a time when being a servant was the largest occupation for women.  We consider the appeal of British royalty and why this latter-day "Upstairs/Downstairs" continues to attract such a loyal following.

Air Date: September 25, 2019

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Starkey International Institute of Household Management

The number of U.S. billionaires doubled in the past decade, and those hedge fund managers, CEOs and celebrities need trained staff to manage their many estates. That’s the goal of Starkey International Institute of Household Management in Denver. For about $20,000, students can learn how to oversee and care for today’s great estates.  Joining us is freelance writer John P. Davidson. He attended the Butler Boot Camp at Starkey and wrote about it for the January issue of Harper’s magazine.

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Historian Simon Schama calls it another example of British television’s “cultural necrophilia”. Well then, bring out your dead…the Downton Abbey miniseries now airing Sunday nights on PBS has invigorated public television, revved up sales of cloche hats and maxi skirts, and has publishers scrambling to appeal to readers who devour period dramas.