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TV’s ‘Downton Abbey’ mirrors today’s financial turmoil

Jay MacDonald

Full disclosure: I have never read a Jane Austen novel, my forebears were murderous mountain Scots, not British dandies in ascots, and my Old Vic was an uncle who drank.

Nevertheless, I’m hooked on the BBC period drama “Downton Abbey” and I think I know why: Downton mirrors the financial and cultural turmoil of our times. Just with better hats.

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