There is no denying that Downton Abbey has a dedicated fan base. We’re a loyal lot.
But Julian Fellowes, the creator of the Crawleys, has gone one step further, calling the show’s popularity a “sort of cult.”
Now, we may be fanatical, but us Downton fans aren’t easily offended. All we want to know? Are we genuine members of the Downton Abbey cult?
If you agree with the following statements chances are you can count yourself in…
Your Sunday nights are awfully depressing. Every week.
Unless it’s the autumn and Downton Abbey is on TV it’s just not worth staying up.
You imagine the Downton Abbey theme tune as you pull into your drive
Dun, dun, dun, duuun, dun, dun, dun, dun, dunnnnn…
You’re really quite tempted to get yourself a pig man
Even if this is the reality. If the Crawleys are into the grunting, pink mammals, you’re into them too.
You haven’t quite got to grips with modern technology
It’s letter openers all the way. Telegrams at a push.
You have accidentally called a bus driver Branson
Hey, it’s an easy mistake to make, okay?
You have perfected the aloof eye roll
And use it pretty much whenever anyone is speaking. Especially if they are middle class – or your sister.
Wearing trousers feels like a BIG deal
Though your family and friends are getting a teeny bit tired of you shouting ‘Ta dah!’ whenever you put on a pair of jeans…
You don’t wear black
It’s just not the done thing. You’d never risk wearing such a sombre colour (unless you were mourning the death of a loved one, of course). Everyone knows that’s not the way to get kissed…
You can set the table for a formal dinner
You know your fish knives from your salad forks alright. Bread plates, soup spoons, water goblets. It’d take a whole lot of crockery and cutlery to faze you…
You’re vary wary of houseguests
Either they drop down dead or overstay their welcome. That Violet Crawley, she knows what she’s talking about…