Having seen Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady at the cinema last week I was not surprised to hear that Meryl Streep had won a Golden Globe for her quite remarkable, extraordinary portrait of Margaret Thatcher. In the words of Critic Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail “It’s a performance of towering proportions that sets a new benchmark for acting.”
I wouldn’t be surprised.
Another of our favourites, ITV1’s period drama Downton Abbey, picked up yet another award as best TV mini-series. I enjoyed author Julian Fellowes’ acceptance speech: “How fabulous this is. The whole Downton Abbey adventure has been an extraordinary one, like spotting a promising child and waking up to find they won the Olympics.”
Millions of viewers in the USA are only now able to watch Series 2 of Downton Abbey and they love it too. When the first episode of the second series was broadcast on PBS recently it attracted 4.2 million viewers and rave reviews. In the words of The New York Times “The series has a connoisseur’s eye for the most exquisite emblems of privilege and breeding and a fan’s gusto for intrigue and melodrama.”
We’ll look forward to reminiscing over Downton highlights with our visitors from the United States when you are over in the UK this summer!