Life within the walls of Downton Abbey is whole lot different from now. Women wore girdles, TV hadn't been invented and the Radio Times didn't even exist (I know – can you imagine a world so bleak?).
So what would happen if our beloved period drama characters were around nowadays?
Well, we know what Isobel would be doing. Penelope Wilton revealed her thoughts on the matter in this week's Radio Times, saying: "She would be a career woman and would probably be editing The Guardian women’s page."
When it comes to the rest of them, we've put our thinking caps on. Right, it's 2013 – what are the inhabitants of Downton Abbey up to?
Lady Mary is on Made in Chelsea. She's got the awkward silences and her bitchy resting face down to a tee. Plus it's one of the best ways for eligible young socialites to make a name for themselves and bag a wealthy husband these days.
Robert is a tour guide for the National Trust. Leave his birth right behind? Yeah right. The middle aged former aristocrat is clinging desperately to his ancestral past. Even if the only way he gets to hang out in Downton's drawing room is by showing coach loads of OAPs around.
Mrs Patmore is holed up in a dusty antiques arcade. You know how resistant she is to moving with the times. At least at work, surrounded by relics of the past, she’s able to avoid smart phones, interactive wotsits and all that world wide web nonsense…
Alfred is on MasterChef: The Professionals. No need to interview for a training course at the Ritz. The way to make a name for yourself in 2013 is to embrace reality TV. Win and you’re pretty much guaranteed success in the form of a book deal and a slot on Sunday Brunch.
Lady Rose is a Blue Peter presenter. Innocence, optimism, enthusiasm and creative thinking all point to one vocation… The PR team do have their work cut out keeping an eye on her after-hours though. Bringing scandal to Downton is one thing, but Blue Peter just won't stand for any bad behaviour.
Footman Jimmy is a model for small-scale catalogues. The pretty-boy was always going on about wanting to see the world. And those shoots take him and his cheekbones to industrial estates all over the UK.
Daisy is running a greasy spoon. She did have high hopes for achieving culinary excellence, but after a few lacklustre reviews and an embarrassing run in with the food standards agency she’s back to her sullen self. White bread and butter, anyone?
Thomas is a Twitter troll. If rumour spreading and general nastiness is your thing in 2013, social media is the place for you. Now it’s technically not a career choice but we can’t imagine a work place in the 21st century that would put up with Barrow's scheming…
Lady Edith is still a journalist. But forget comment pieces about the aristocracy in The Sketch... She's a woman of the world (and potentially about to become a single mother). Cosmopolitan is her publication now. Position of the week here we come!
Bates is working for MI5. He’s one hard to read book, is Mr Bates. But the one thing we do know is that he is mighty good at keeping secrets. Plus he has a knack of getting information out of people. Want to know how he does it? He could tell you but then he'd have to kill you...
Ivy does something menial by day – she never was one to set her sights high. But in her spare time she blogs about upcycling, knitting patterns and clever ways of using old jam jars. She's addicted to cute animal videos on YouTube and avidly collects wedding inspiration on Pinterest. You know, for when her catalogue model boyfriend finally decides to get serious...
Mr Carson is an authority on all things royal. In fact, he used to be royal correspondent on BBC News and counts some of the wider family among his acquaintances. Nowadays he’s only drafted out for special occasions and has been known to wear a union jack suit in an attempt to get some airtime.
Anna is a private investigator. She managed to get her husband freed from a life sentence for murder while making sure Lady Mary’s hair was still braided neatly, remember. He might just have even been guilty of it, too. Jury’s still out on that one. Though not literally, of course… In 2013, she’s a one-woman, multi-tasking, crime-solving dream.
Entrepreneurial Branson was at the forefront of the dot com boom and made millions selling sustainable shoes online. Nowadays he's the frustrated husband of a local conservative MP. When he's not doing the school run, or contributing to anti-conservative forums under a lewd pseudonym, he paces around his north west London home in (sustainable) slippers.
Downton's housekeeper gets paid to be a shoulder to lean on now as a professional agony aunt, who specialises in tough loving and common sense advice. She's written a book on how to keep your pecker up in the modern world, makes weekly appearances on daytime TV and is often called upon to give motivational speeches.
Some things never change. It might be 2013 but Violet Crawley still doesn't know what a weekend is. She does own a swivelly chair, though.
Downton Abbey continues on Sunday at 9:00pm on ITV