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Five Movies To Fill The Downton Abbey Gap
Upstairs, downstairs and that bit in the middle

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Season three of Downton Abbey is over, taking with it our weekly dose of period shenanigans and Maggie Smith in a range of marvellous hats. But if Sunday evening felt strangely empty, fear not. Before anyone emits a despairing wail and scares off the grouse, we’ve put together a range of Downton substitutes to help fill the void. Here’s five flicks on Lord Grantham’s Netflix list (we think)

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Five Movies To Fill The Downton Abbey Gap  | Gosford Park (2001)
Gosford Park (2001)

If you’re a Downer and you haven’t seen this regal slice of National Trust porn – and we know you’re out there – stop what you’re doing and get hold of Robert Altman’s period mystery right now. Thanks to an Oscar-winning script by Julian Fellowes, it shares blue blood with Downton Abbey, and, in a delightfully snippy Maggie Smith, a cast member too. If more excuse was needed to (re)visit Gosford Park, consider a cast list that boasts Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas, Clive Owen, Bob Baliban, Helen Mirren, Derek Jacobi, Alan Bates and Stephen Fry. If there was an Oscar for having Twitter followers, this would have cleaned up.

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1 RE: The Remains Of The Day = the real Superman Returns
Downton Abbey has become one of my favorite shows ! I love Sybil & Branson and Mary & Matthew o. More

Posted by Ansmanpaul on Saturday June 29, 2013, 04:32

2 The Remains Of The Day = the real Superman Returns
dont forget Christopher Reeve was great in ROTD. Hugh Grant was also in it More

Posted by jackcarter on Friday November 23, 2012, 13:18

3 Weird!
The picture of the cast of Downton Abbey on Empires homepage, if you do NOT look directly at it, it resembles the maw of a monster with drooling teeth... More

Posted by Wangwog on Friday November 23, 2012, 10:06

4 Remains of the Day
Um guys, you got the year wrong with Remains of the Day. More

Posted by Xolelwa on Thursday November 15, 2012, 06:39

5 Nice!
I love the idea that Downton Abbey is a gateway drug. I went through a spot of period drama fetishism this year and devoured (among others) The House of Mirth, The Wings of the Dove, A Room With a View, Chaplin and Howards End. I can recommend them all, although I never found out who Howard was or what was so special about his end. Arf arf! More

Posted by Nicky C on Wednesday November 14, 2012, 13:30

6 Damn you
Now got to watch Gosford Park. More

Posted by tamsinlord on Wednesday November 14, 2012, 11:54


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