Monday 23 October 2017

Frank Coughlan: Weekends – the chorus in the song, the port in many a storm, but it's time to learn to live without them

Frank Coughlan
Frank Coughlan

Maggie Smith's Countess of Grantham has always had the best lines in 'Downton Abbey'.

Her acerbic asides and put-downs to both the lower orders and even her equals, of whom there were few, have done much to cement the costume drama in the affections of this nation and many others.

When upstart solicitor Matthew Crawley, a member of the beastly middle classes, arrives in the first season to claim the vast estate through a vague family connection, the Countess puts him through his paces.

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