I went into my marathon viewing of Downton Abbey yesterday with only expectations of Maggie Smith centered snarkiness. Have any of you watched the show? It won a couple of Emmys last night, including one for Maggie Smith and her well-beloved and rightly-so snarkiness. It's a costume drama a la Upstairs Downstairs about the upper-class family and the servants who live to serve them set in the 1910s (so far). It's a delight. But I had no idea that a new favorite evil gay was on the way! What a delight to make acquaintances with Thomas the footman, who kept trying, with mixed results, to steal the suitors out from underneath the eldest daughter whose family's desperate to wed her off. (I make that sound slightly more tawdry than the show plays it off as, but that's how everything plays through my brain's filter.) The way he leered at the sexy Turk - "Is that one mine?" - was GOLD. A man after my own heart. Thomas is played by Rob James-Collier, and I'm infatuated. He even got to make out with Charlie Cox, one-time gratuitous-post-of-his-own recipient! It's too wonderful. Hit the jump for more.
I can't wait to see Thomas take on the army in the second season! Blackmailing hot servicemen left and right, we hope!