When the final wedding took place Downton Abbey this week, the most popular show in PBS history closed – and so did its effort to explore people living in a time of rapid change. (The 1910s and 20s.) We also live in a time of rapid change. So we identified with these hapless characters as they struggled with new-fangled phones, or hair-dryers, or even swivel chairs. PBS But it’s not just “change” that Downton explores.

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