Sunday, January 16, 2011

"Just Plain Wrong"

As we prepare to cozy-up to the video hearth for tonight's second installment of Downton Abbey on PBS, let it be known that the program(me) has not been dumbed-down for broadcast to the lowly, plodding American mind as initially reported in the UK's Daily Mail. Naughty, Daily Mail. Naughty, naughty, naughty.

And cheers to you, Rebecca Eaton, for keeping up the side:

'You were wrong last Sunday to say Masterpiece on PBS is
downsizing Downton Abbey by two hours because of the allegedly short
attention span of Americans. As with virtually all our co-productions,
Downton Abbey was edited for our commercial-free time slot. Approximately
35 minutes came out of more than seven hours and the cuts were made in the
UK by the original producers. None of the characters, themes, or plotlines
(including about the "entail" inheritance law) was eliminated. We have
hundreds of talented colleagues in the UK whose work we showcase in the U.S. Any impression that we violate their work would be disrespectful and just plain

Rebecca Eaton
Executive Producer, Masterpiece on PBS

1 comment:

  1. I am glad to see that the edits were Daily Mail fiction and there's no shock there that they are anti-----you know what. Knobs!