Article by Fabafterfifty
British TV at its best. Like so many I have been looking to forward to the return of Downton Abbey since the last episode of the first series, where Mary had been ill advised and made Matthew wait too long to respond to his marriage proposal. How will the lives of those upstairs and downstairs at Downton be changed by the onset of war? What will become of the girls if suitable marriages are not arranged? And what of Mr Bates- will the existence of an estranged wife spell doom for his romance with Anna the housemaid?
So why did the BBC decide to schedule its final series of the excellent , but very different series, Spooks at the same time?
Lady Mary of Downton Abbey or Harry of Spooks?
True, we can always record one to watch later, but it never seems quite the same. After years of making the audience choose between Strictly and X-Factor they seemed to finally see sense and decided to schedule to the audience’s convenience, letting us watch both live by not scheduling to compete for the same prime time slot.
With limited good original British drama on our screens what a shame, that the BBC have decided to shift Spooks to the Sunday slot and have two outstanding British dramas compete head to head.
So which to watch ‘live’? Lady Mary of Downton Abbey or Harry of Spooks?