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Pomp and piffle: Rashid Irani Testimonials the Downtown Abbey Movie

A big-screen spin-off of this long-running TV show, Downton Abbey is all about the lifestyles unfurling within a British country estate, in the 1920s.

A starry ensemble led by the inestimable Maggie Smith acts as catalyst into revelations of personality and battle.

The episodic script from the show scribe Julian Fellowes concentrates on the connections between and one of the masters, servants, and guests. The upstairs-downstairs split contributes to soap opera-ish scenarios and melodramatic posturing.

A prestige manufacturing with suitably sumptuous production style, Downton Abbey is purely for lovers of fluffy British period dramas. Others have been advised to give it a jump.