Then, with the second series, tiny moments of dissent crept in. I suspect this always happens when characters in a drama have become beloved: the viewers have strong ideas of where the storylines should go; the scriptwriters do not always agree. It's like a genteel family argument. This week, I suddenly realised the point of those endless ad breaks: it is so my cousin can ring up and say things like, 'Oh no, not lovely Lord Grantham and that saucy chambermaid'. We then had a happy discussion about how much we like the Earl of Grantham's pyjamas. (Anything to take one's mind off the collapse of the Euro, quite frankly.)
Anyway, there is quite a funny piece on the whole mare's nest here.