Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Downton Abbey and The Cazalets

I must say, I am a big fan of Downton Abbey. It achieves close to perfection for a tv drama, in my view and I would love to visit Highclere Castle where it is filmed.
Since Downton Abbey does not run 24/7 (insert sobs here) all year, I was pleased to find another tv series, The Cazalets. We borrowed the DVDs from our local public library and enjoyed watching it. A nice surprise is that the patriarch of the family is played by Hugh Bonneville, also the head of the Downtown Abbey family.
The six episodes were filmed in 2001 for the BBC, and cover the middle/upper class Cazalet family and their estate in Sussex. The time is 1937 to 1942. The house employs plenty of servants but is not at all as grand as the home in Downton Abbey.
I read a recent interview with Elizabeth Jane Howard who wrote the 4 books the Cazalet series is based on, and she is now a vibrant looking 90. The Telegraph shows a photo of her, at 90 she is gorgeous, strong looking, uses a wooden cane and is holding a tiny brown cigarette. Even better, she is writing book 5 which will answer lots of my questions about the people in the tv series and what happened next.
The first book of the Cazalet Chronicles is The Light Years, which I want to read.
Have you read the Cazelet books or seen the shows?


Denise said...

Sounds interesting.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I JUST started reading them this spring and they are WONDERFUL! Haven't watched them, but your endorsement makes me want to. I also enjoy Upstairs, Downstairs as another period TV series that is just as great as Downton Abbey.

Delvalina said...

I have wanted to watch the downtown Abbey! I noticed that people keep talking about this and I am so curious.

Thanks for sharing :)
I bet you are the huge fan of this series.


Debby@Just Breathe said...

I became a fan of Downton Abbey last year. Can't wait for the next season.
I will have to check out the Cazalets.

Red Rose Alley said...

I think I'm the last person who hasn't watched Downtown Abbey. There's not many good shows on anymore, so I end of watching the reruns to my favorite shows.

Have a happy Wednesday.


thisisme said...

Hallo there! Oh, I just love Downton Abbey and the third series is about to start shortly over here :) I probably did see the Cazalet series all those years ago, but can't really remember it, so will look out for the DVD's. Hope all is well with you and thank you for the comments that you leave on my blog!


Haven't heard of that book. LOVE Downton Abby! Can't wait until the new season begins!

Ann said...

Can hardly wait for Downton Abby to start again!!!My favorite show on TV forever. I'll have catch up on the other one you suggested. There are lots of changes to come to Downton Abby this year.

Mari said...

We love Downton Abbey and will have to look up this show. Thanks!

Dee said...

I have not been able to watch Down Town Abby...:( I will have to search the library for The Cazalets. It will be a nice filler for a cold winter day.

Laurie said...

I'm with you on Downton Abbey, I can't wait for the next season. I've never heard of the Cazalets, I'll check it out on Netflix.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

So many of my blogger buddies rave about how good Downton Abbey is, I'm really sorry I haven't ever seen it. I reckon it'd take a lot of catching up to get onboard with it now. Not sure it would float my hubby's boat, anyway. (I don't suppose it features many muscle cars or stuff blowing up, huh?)

Happyone said...

I'm a fan of Downton Abbey too.
I'll check out Cazalets - always on the lookout for a good British series.

Shelia said...

Oh, I love Downton Abbey too and am looking forward to the new season. Although, I mad at them for allowing 'our hero' to be killed! :) I've not heard of the series but it's sounds pretty good.
Thank you so much for popping in to see my little Tilda doll.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

I've never watched Downton Abbey, and have regretted it, since I hear nothing but great reviews about it.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

I will have to look for this show.
Not sure I get it here. Sounds great.

Thank you so much for visiting and leaving such a kind comment.
Enjoy your weekend

Ivy and Elephants said...

I've not heard of this book series but with your recommendation I am excited to begin. Thanks! I love Downton Abbey.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I've not heard of them, but am going to try for the Library to see if they have it.

Thanks for the review.


Joyful said...

I've enjoyed the few episodes I've seen of DA. I'm glad you've found another series to get you through withdrawals ;-)

Tina Eudora said...

Wow I am a HUGE fan of "Downton Abbey" and this series of books and dvds sounds like something I would love. I will be checking my local library later today!
Thanks also Terra for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment, it was appreciated!

Tina xo

Librarian said...

Not heard of the Cazalet series until now, but it sounds like something worth checking out on Amazon. Thank you!

Heart2Heart said...

I LOVE Downton Abbey and inhaled all the episodes as fast they were available. Thank you for sharing this new series, I hadn't heard of and look forward to watching this one. The BBC group needs to expand on this amazing shows. I picked up one called London Hospital which details what medical care was like back in the day. Pretty scary actually but so realistic based on historical information. Too bad that too only lasted for a handful of episodes.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Inger said...

No, I haven't, but they sound like an interesting read.

Carol Z said...

I haven't read the Cazelet books -- or heard of them, but it sounds great. I'm stuck in the Wars of the Roses right now, but it may be time to move to the twentieth century.

Jenny said...

I haven't seen this show OR heard about the books!

I need to see if this might be available on demand!

Thank you!