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Barbara Hinske

‘Home Fires’ Season 2 Episode 5 recap: Watch out, Frances

It’s now late August, 1940, and bombs light up the night sky on the horizon. Steph and Little Stan are struggling to bring in the harvest. The hired laborers desert in the middle of the night, leaving Steph, Stan, and the blind Isobel to accomplish the insurmountable task on their own. Steph finally collapses under … >

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‘Home Fires’ Season 2 Episode 2 review

As June wears on, we learn that both Peter Barden and his accountant Helen were killed in the car crash. The war casts a pall on Helen’s burial, as an air raid sends everyone to the shelter in the Bardens’ basement. Everyone except Frances, who can’t bear to go into the shelter and Sarah, who … >

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‘Home Fires’ Season 2 Episode 1 review

The second season of ITV’s Home Fires delivers us back to Great Paxford in June, 1940 — one month before the beginning of the Battle of Britain. The skies are sunny and the people we’ve come to know and love are trying to live simple lives with everyday joys, but the foreboding specter of war … >

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Downton Abbey

‘Downton Abbey’ Christmas 2015 special recap: The last ever episode

Bravo, Mr. Fellowes—you got it all right! The episode opens on an idyllic summer afternoon. Henry Talbot is struggling to find his place at Downton. Charlie’s death has put him off racing. Lady Edith announces her decision to live a spinster’s life in London with Marigold. Lady Mary orchestrates a surprise meeting between a remorseful … >

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‘BAFTA Celebrates Downton Abbey’ review: A very fitting tribute

Jonathan Ross hosts an hour-long celebration of Downton Abbey that culminates in Julie Walters’ presentation of a BAFTA Special Award to the show that has become a world-wide phenomenon. The prevailing sentiment of every cast member interviewed is surprise at the show’s unprecedented success and profound gratitude to have been part of it. Respect for … >

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‘Downton Abbey’ teasers: 10 quotes from the last ever episode

Downton Abbey will end forever this week with a feature-length special on Christmas Day. Mary endeavours to build bridges with her sister while Edith’s secret continues to pose a threat, despite having nothing left to lose. As Henry settles into the role of husband and stepfather, finding his place at Downton proves more difficult. Below … >

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Our Christmas wishlist for the last ever ‘Downton Abbey’ episode

After six season, fourteen years (for the characters at least) and a lot of hats, Downton Abbey comes to an end next month. The period drama concludes on Christmas Day with a feature-length special, which sees the return of Lily James (Cinderella) and Matt Barber (Being Human) as Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge. If Santa … >

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‘Downton Abbey’ Season 6 finale review

The season finale opens with sunny skies over Downton but storm clouds brewing for both Edith and Mary. Lady Edith is struggling with the decision to tell Bertie Pelham the truth about Marigold. The question is called sooner than she’d like when Pelham arrives at the Abbey after his cousin dies suddenly, leaving Pelham a … >

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