Downton Abbey

Downton’s Intermarriage For The Ages

The Abbey's Jewish subplot takes center stage.

02/24/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

If it comes to pass that Lady Rose and the dashing Member of the Tribe, Atticus Aldridge — the new “It” couple on “Downton Abbey” — have a child, it will surely be a closely watched interfaith upbringing.

Against all odds: Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge tie the knot. Nick Briggs/Carnival Films for MASTERPIECE

Downton's Jewy Subplot Takes Center Stage

Lady Rose’s marriage to Jewish Atticus Aldridge highlights prejudice from both sides.

02/22/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

For Jewish “Downton Abbey” fans, the hope for a Jewish subplot that began in Season Two came to full fruition last night when Lady Rose tied the (chuppah-less) knot to dashing Member of the Tribe, Atticus Aldridge.

The Downton crew await the marriage of Lady Rose and MOT Atticus Aldridge. Nick Briggs/Carnival Films for MASTERPIECE

Meet Downton’s Dashing Mensch

02/03/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

It’s the talk of the Jew-ternet: Downton Abbey has an honest-to-goodness Jewish character. And he’s not just passing through: He’s dating Lady Rose and seems to be in season five for the long haul.

There’s more. The PBS import series doesn’t portray him as a caricature, a diamond dealer or bookkeeper or clothing store mogul. Yes, his parents are rich bankers. But they’ve also British aristocracy. Also, he’s a mensch; he met the free-spirited Rose in episode five, which aired on Sunday, when he offers to help her carry some baskets.

Lady Rose falls for the handsome Atticus Aldridge. PBS.org

Devarim At Downton

Like many New Yorkers looking to escape the cold, I settled down the other night with my hottest cuppa tea and delved into the world of Downton Abbey.

A world full of good old English values, a world where the introduction of a modern electric mixing bowl is greeted with alarm—and a world that would likely go into an apoplectic shock at the very thought of peyot and phylacteries.

Robert, Duchess of Yeovil, Mary; "Downton Abbey, Season 4: Part Two." Photo courtesy PBS

Spoiler Alert: No Jews At Downton

When the second season of this BBC period drama about the life and loves of the aristocratic Grantham family ended, we were hoping that the third – to premiere stateside on PBS in less than a month – would boast a dash of yiddishkeit.

Baron Fellowes, middle, needs to brush up his history. Not that he cares what I think. Getty Images

To Daven At Downton?

02/06/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Not since the news that Princess Kate Middleton’s mother’s maiden name was “Goldsmith” launched a million Google searches have the masses gotten so excited.

Sorry, “Downton” fans: Lady Cora Grantham, nee Levinson of the Cincinnati Levinsons, is a bit of an anachronism.
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