Julian Fellowes' patented mix of serious drama, melodrama and soap opera. But with this one he has outdone himself. I have never seen a period drama so capeable of drawing me into those times, of living it with the characters as the story unfolded. The ending is a little hurried, a lot to wrap up in a couple of episodes, and not as believable a the rest. But I forgive him as he has given me a beautiful ride through gorgeous sets and scenery, with acting that is wonderfully underplayed. My hat is off to John Alexander for wringing such believable performances out of his actors, especially Tamsin Greig and Harriet Walter. Their evolving relationship is satifying to follow. I believe I just talked myself into buying a copy for my library.