I admit it, I’m going through Downton Abbey withdrawal and it hasn’t even been a full week since the last episode aired. So I broke down and bought Season 2 on DVD. I’m glad I did–just like with Season 1, PBS cut out parts of the original UK edition. I haven’t seen all of the episodes yet, but here are a few examples. When Carson talks to Mrs. Hughes about becoming Lady Mary and Sir Richard’s butler, he tells a really cute story about Mary when she was a little girl. The inclusion of this story made Mary’s cold response to Carson when he tells her he cannot go with her sting even more. There’s also a scene when the ladies with the white feathers first arrive and give one to Branson, who cheekily informs them that he’s already in uniform (chauffeur’s uniform, of course).
There are also some excellent special features on the DVD: Fashion and Uniforms, Romance in a Time of War, and House to Hospital. They reveal how makeup artists took the dirt from the filming location of the trench scenes in order to have the color match up with the makeup they used on the soldiers. How Julian Fellowes felt that Lady Sybil would want to marry Branson not just because of love but because it “suits her rebellious nature.” And why Michelle Dockery(Lady Mary) believes that if wealthy and powerful Sir Richard had shown up at the beginning of Season 1, there never would have been a “Matthew & Mary” relationship. Oh, and you also get to hear Maggie Smith say “been there, done that, and got the t-shirt.”
So for those of you going through Downton withdrawal, do yourself a favor and buy the unedited UK edition of Season 2–certainly worth it in my opinion.
If you still need help overcoming your withdrawal symptoms, check out my post on The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes, the companion book to the first two seasons of Downton Abbey.