Was terribly disappointed recently to find out that there was a tour of Downton Abbey available for those traveling to England. But that it was not only sold out through NEXT YEAR, but also closed for the season. I am such a total Downton Abbey fan that I was depressed for two days.
Then recently I read something online somewhere –you know how that goes—about how popular the new Dallas is in England. And I got to thinking about the fact that we love their shows and they seem to love our shows. (The Office, Ab Fab, Dr. Who, coming from the motherland and Mad Men, True Blood, Glee and others heading over from the colonies.)
Which then got me to thinking about what an Anglophile I truly am. I love tea (although in true American fashion I guzzle a lot of that iced). I love British Comedies. As Time Goes By. Vicar of Dibley. Keeping up Appearances. I think Judy Dench is the bomb, along with Maggie Smith and Helen Mirren. I adored Marigold Hotel. And could watch Jane Austen flicks non-stop for years on end.
I love Shakespeare, Chaucer, Austen, Stevenson, Lewis, Tolkien, Rowling, Pilcher, and Stewart. I love castles, knights, the peerage, the lake country, the Cotswolds, Cornwall, and Devon. I like Harrods, Marks and Spencer’s, Kensington, Mayfair, Trafalgar and Notting Hill. I love wellies, Agas, chips, jumpers, torches, and nappies (at least when they’re clean). I’m a fan of trifle, scotch eggs, bangers and mash, pasties, bitter, scones and clotted cream. I love English breakfast and their especially tall toasting bread. I’m also a fan of toast racks, teapots, tea cozies and Macs. (the raincoat—although I’m very fond of the computers as well.)
I love the Beatles, the Stones, Adele (in moderation), K. D. Tunstall, Annie Lenox, Herman’s Hermits (okay when I was 8), Cold Play, Led Zeppelin, and the Clash. I like Hadrian’s wall, the Hebrides, St. Michaels Mount, Wales, Exeter, Glastonbury Tor, and Stonehenge. I love the regency, Queen Anne furniture, Victorian sensibilities and anything Tudor. Oh and don’t get me started on English Gardens—heaven.
Basically I love the place. So what about you? What are your favorite English things? Do you watch British telly? What TV shows do you think we should export permanently from here to there?