I have always been a big fan of period piece dramas. I can give you a long list. I am sure that my liking of such programs began with Upstairs, Downstairs. This series started before I was born and ran until the year of my birth. Although when I saw it, the ABC was showing re-runs. My mother even bought the sheet music for the piano, she liked it so much.
I must add in here as well, that I have always been a big fan of Merchant Ivory productions, particularly - A Room with a View.
Then there was Middlemarch.
I won't fail to add in here the series of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth.
More recently, there has been Lark Rise to Candleford, Cranford and for the past two years, Downton Abbey.
I received an early birthday present of The World of Downton Abbey from some good friends of mine. Due to the fact that it was unwrapped, it was really hard to resist reading it. So I have read it all, before my birthday has even arrived!
I absolutely adored this book. It is a true visual feast, jam packed with gorgeous photos, and also fantastic information. Not only does the book explore the world of the TV series, but it also delves back in time to what life would have been like in the period in which the TV series is set. Series 1 and 2 cover from 1912 until just after the end of World War I in 1918. There are excerpts quoted from diaries for example.
One of my favourite chapters was the one on Style. As Sybil says: 'Is there anything more thrilling than a new frock?' There is a focus page on the House of Worth, and the influence that the British designer, Charles Worth had on Edwardian dress.
There is also a further reading section at the back of the book, which has seriously added to books that I wish to read. It is even helpfully organised into books that deal with the relevant chapters in the book.
If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, I hope a loved one of yours may add this to your Christmas stocking. I am going to treasure my copy.