Downton Abbey

Friday News Roundup Time!

TGIF! And Happy (almost) Halloween!

It’s time for another Friday Roundup of everything we thought was worth reading in British entertainment news this week. Click right on through for bits and bobs on Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Skins, Upstairs Downstairs and more!

Inspector Spacetime and Cougarton Abbey: Is Being A Britophile Going Mainstream?

If you saw the season premiere of NBC's comedy Community, then you were probably pleasantly surprised to catch two references sure to bring joy to Brit lovers' hearts. Abed, Community's resident pop culture geek, is on a quest to find a new show to watch while his favorite American program is on hiatus. With some help from his friends, Abed is introduced to the joys of British television, namely two series called Cougarton Abbey and Inspector Spacetime. Sound familiar?

Downton Abbey Wins Guinness Award: Better than Emmy?

You love it, your friends love it, even your friend who hates everything loves it. No one, it seems, has a bad word to say about Downton Abbey. The Emmys even did what the BAFTAs couldn't, awarding four statues to the show including Best Miniseries. But even better than that—Guinness World Records has also weighed in on the subject, naming Downton Abbey "Most Critically-Acclaimed Series of 2011" based on a 92% rating by Metacritic. Downton Abbey now joins award-winners such as "Most Needles Inserted into the Head" and "Largest Whoopee Cushion" in the venerable publication. (The Dowager would love that!) Downton Abbey is the first British TV show to win the award, prompting its Executive Producer Gareth Neame to say it "[confirms] the UK's status as the home of world-class drama."

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