Downton Abbey

The Shock Of The Familiar

In Dominic Sandbrook’s ‘The Great British Dream Factory’ (now also a TV series) the author points out that far from bursting upon the music scene and shocking the world, the Beatles were as carefully planned as any boyband, with one member fired, an orchestrated assault on public wallets and a manager who knew how to […]

That ‘Brit’ Question Revisited

When I asked what it meant to be English, the question coincided with a patriotic piece in the Daily Telegraph talking about how a show like ‘Downton Abbey’ trounced ‘American rubbish’. Except that ‘Downton Abbey’ is largely financed by NBC, who according to today’s Variety balanced the deficit funding to the tune of around £7 […]