Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Now that DOWNTON ABBEY is in cinemas, I thought I’d feature some posters I found promoting the series and a special event.

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The first is for the 9th Annual UNC-TV Appreciation Dinner. When and where was it held? You’re assuming I was invited. I’m sure it was a lovely affair regardless who attended.

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The next was for a Preview Screening of the show’s fifth season, which premiered on MASTERPIECE here in the states in 2015. The Preview Screening could have been held for critics or donors or anyone we might have been wanting to impress. (Again, I wasn’t invited.)



One day to go!

Sneak previews and early screenings aside, DOWNTON ABBEY, the film follow-up to the hit MASTERPIECE series, premieres in cinemas tomorrow! Let’s make this the number one film in the country, folks! See it early and often. Whatever the critics have to say, it’s going to be fantastic to see these beloved characters on the big screen.

But if you need the input from critical circles, here is a selection of reviews of DOWNTON ABBEY:

Hollywood Reporter


The Guardian


Radio Times

Rotten Tomatoes


Read at your own risk! And take reviews with a grain of salt because if you loved the Crawleys on telly you know you’re going to have a grand old time seeing them in theatres. Just the prospect of a 40-foot-high Dowager Countess delivering a devastating bon mot should have you Fandangoing those tickets as we speak!

Wednesday Trivia Question

Who is the host of MEXICO – ONE PLATE AT A TIME?

Part travelogue and part how-to, MEXICO – ONE PLATE AT A TIME is a cooking series that explores the vibrant classics of the land south of the border. The host is a prominent Chicago chef-restaurateur who specializes in Mexican cuisine with modern interpretations. He’s a restaurant consultant who has written cookbooks and instructed others on the art of Mexican cuisine. He has won the James Beard Foundation Award, the Culinary Institute of America’s Augie Award and the Julia Child Foundation Award, among others.  Continue reading

50 Years Without A Map

As SESAME STREET celebrates its golden anniversary, take a look back at the various “Sunny Day” openings used over the decades. Whether you remember the classic 70s version or the more CG-filled millennial theme, chances are you know all the words and can sing it in your sleep.

[Apologies: The video will not embed properly – here’s a LINK.]

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Head to rural America and witness the communities hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. Don’t miss DO NO HARM – Wednesday night at 8 on the North Carolina Channel.

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL is back – sort of. The fan favorite series about Yorkshire vets is getting new life on MASTERPIECE. Continue reading