This worksheet is about Downtown Abbey, an extremely popular British television show. You’ll need to download the worksheet to view it and use it.
For those who need more than just a well-told story, the costumes and scenery provide as much entertainment as the plot. The clothing is gorgeous – historically accurate and elegant. Lady Mary looks like a princess and Lady Edith Crawley’s figure and costume are flawless. The English countryside is breathtaking. The exterior and most of the interior shots are of Highclere Castle in Hampshire. Highclere’s library is peaceful and befits a gentleman – a perfect refuge for Lord Crawley. The homes and gardens in the village are quaint. Everything is a treat for the eyes, from start to finish.
Many films can boast great lines, beautiful actors and marvelous clothes. However, not many compel millions of viewers to gather each week to watch them. The true secret behind Downtown Abbey‘s success is that it sells a lifestyle, an experience, that is out of reach and yet is fascinating to people everywhere. The Crawleys live an upstairs-downstairs way of life. The staff, who live in the basement, serve the aristocratic family who inhabit the home. The Crawley family members have their share of problems and heartache. Yet they suffer in the midst of luxury and privilege. These things share universal appeal to people around the world, regardless of nationality, financial background or social status. Many people want to be rich, elegant and respected. Downtown Abbeyprovides a glimpse into a fantasy world where people enjoy such advantages.
Do the following statements agree with the views of the writer in the reading passage? WriteYES if the statement agrees with the views of the writer
NO if the statement contradicts the views of the writer
NOT GIVEN it is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this
1. Downtown Abbey is an extraordinary show.
2. Downtown Abbey is nothing more than a soap opera.
3. The actors are the most important factor in the success of any film.
4. An English lord should have a peaceful and gentleman-like library.
5. One needs servants to be happy.
6. People want the kind of life portrayed in Downtown Abbey