Giveaway | Downton Abbey, the Final Series

January 11, 2016

Afternoon, peeps! I hope you’re enjoying some great reads, and if you’re anything like us, staying warm in this rare (we’ve been spoiled this winter), deep freeze. On this Monday afternoon, there are pesky snow showers coupled with the cold. Today, I’m finally sitting down to write and publish what will be my final giveaway… in one particular way. On Sunday January 3rd, U.S. period drama fans saw the beginning of the end to their 6-year addiction known as Downton Abbey premiere. With that, I realized that my annual giveaway hadn’t been posted. Ordinarily, I get that running prior to Christmas, but since the U.S. DVD arrives in stores at the end of January, I figured, there was time yet.

Part of the reason I hadn’t posted this was because I didn’t know if I was going to have a series 6 giveaway or not (the fan base for Downton Abbey isn’t quite what it was in S1 – least as regards those I know). But then I realized it had to happen because, this is the final season! So why not!?

For those who don’t care for Downton Abbey, I will probably offer one or two other costume drama options for you – it’ll just depend on what’s new or what catches my eye by the time this giveaway ends, January 25th.

I cannot wait to post my rambling review of the final season (to be published later this month), and would love to get your impressions of series six when that happens. In the meantime, I am over on Silver Petticoat chatting about the show on Mondays.

Before we move on to the prize details, let’s get those standard rules out of the way.

The giveaway(s) is open to U.S. readers. I do ask that anyone who leaves a comment under “anonymous,” please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment – it’s not easy to try and match comments when there is no name and in fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it – there have been a few people I could not verify. So please, I don’t mean to overwhelm, but just keep this in mind when entering future giveaways. I’d sure appreciate it! Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification before another winner is randomly chosen.

To be entered in the giveaway, just enter as much or as little as you like into the Rafflecopter widget, which you’ll find down below. The giveaway ends January 25th.

Rejoin the Crawley family for a sixth and final season of the award-winning Downton Abbey, featuring intimately interlaced stories centered on the English country estate. The beloved cast includes Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, and many others. – Amazon

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BEST OF LUCK, everyone.


  • Jorie

    January 11, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Hallo, Hallo Rissi!

    I must admit, I've had my love/hate relationship with Downton Abbey since Matthew died. I had a hard enough time when the Crawleys lost a sister; however, I rebounded and watched the next season; only to feel as if the show was crushing my soul with the Anna / Bates drama that to me felt a bit unfair to the characters. Yet. I must admit, I will be watching Series 5 and Series 6. I had meant to see Series 5 last year (borrowing from my library) but time seemed to evaporate and I never did. I also was on the fence whether or not I was *ready!* to resume my entreaty into the Crawley family and the drama of Downton as a whole.

    When Series 6 came out on PBS, I knew I'd much prefer to watch it as a serial dvd, as I only watched one or two live as they ran of PBS. The debut season and season four. The rest I have borrowed from my library, who granted me my purchase request. Looking back, I remember it was difficult to encourage them to get the series, as back then, only the first season was released and had little traction in my local area. It is interesting looking back, Rissi, how time and tide with the series has changed perspectives and people's desires to watch it.

    In regards to the question you pitched, my next purchase request that came through is for the third serial of "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" of which I am positively elated! Both series are a fam-favourite but wherein I had issues of vexation with Downton, I do not harbour anything but positive goodwill towards Miss Fisher! So much in fact, I know one day I'd love to purchase Miss Fisher for my home library! Talk about a riveting 1920s series! You know my passion for it, as we've interacted about her and Downton on Twitter; but oooh! I simply cannot wait to see this new series!!

    When it comes to period dramas, I am definitely keen on the 1920s-1940s; as my first favourite was House of Elliott about two sisters who own a house of fashion? Talk about compelling drama and exquisite costumes with realism and truth! I loved that series! These are the same decades I love to watch for classic movies, too!

    In return, Rissi what are your favourites? I could mention Foyle's War being my second favourite (I go by a timeline of when I find them, otherwise the choices are too hard!) but that series is quite expansive over two world wars, etc.

    I don't believe I've dropped by when you've had a giveaway; what a lovely surprise!

    1. Rissi

      January 13, 2016 at 2:02 am

      It IS interesting to look back on the changes and shifting opinions of Downton Abbey, I agree, Jorie. I've had some minor fits with the series, but overall, I'll confess to standing by "its side" throughout because I do love the soapy drama. I'm definitely going to miss it very much. The writer's and cast have done a splendid job with this as a series.

      Miss Fisher is an amazing series and I'm going to be sad if S3 is all we get. I did read a film set in London is in the works so… a girl can hope! :D

      The 20s-40s has become my favorites eras also (though I'm extremely curious to see what comes of PBS Mercy Street this winter – with its Civil War setting, it might be a nice change of pace). As for "Elliott," I never took the opportunity to watch that one, but it does look amazing!

      OhMy! Favorites of mine. Well, Foyle's War, 'Downton' and Miss Fisher would all make the list (I cannot seem to limit myself) as would Poldark and the Australian drama A Place to Call Home. It has some issues, but even a few episodes in and I'm hooked (I'll review it in the next month), also I'm newly addicted to The Hour, which is a taunt and fascinating kind of mystery drama in the 50s or 60s, not sure which.

      Thanks so much for visiting, Jorie – and for sharing some of your period drama favorites! :)

  • Denise Morse

    January 11, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    I am obsessed with TV in general but I just finished Doctor Who and am working through Parks and Recreation right now. Trying to get a little bit of everything. I have a long to-watch list

    1. Rissi

      January 13, 2016 at 2:04 am

      I'm obsessed with TV in general, too, Denise. It's really crazy. ;)

      Ooo, I started Nine's years as DW and loved it. Alas, I've yet to return to my DVD sets. Soon! :)

  • Ruth A.

    January 11, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Thanks for this great contest!!

    1. Rissi

      January 13, 2016 at 2:05 am

      Hi, Ruth. Thank you so much for entering. :)

  • Rachel Stark

    January 11, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    We're pretty obsessed with Downton Abbey! :D We kept the last three seasons on our DVR until we just recently bought S1-S5 on Blu-ray. Now we are watching S6 as well as starting over from the beginning. I was just telling my husband the other day that we should just go ahead and buy S6 since it's the last season…boooo! Imagine my delight in seeing this giveaway! LOL So thanks for the giveaway! :)

    1. Rissi

      January 13, 2016 at 2:06 am

      Starting over at the beginning is on my list of TV to re-watch, Rachel. I "had" to re-watch the Mary/Matthew proposal scene for an article I wrote and I was all like, "aww… I need to re-watch this show!"

      But of course! When you have seasons 1-5, season 6 must be added to complete the collection. Good luck! :)

  • Rachel Dixon

    January 11, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    I was extremely disappointed at the end of season 3 with Downton Abbey…But I just HAD to see how it all played out! I am completely obsessed and so sad that this is the last season. However, I do have high hopes for The Gilded Age! I appreciate a wide range of period dramas. But Downton has to be my favorite!

    1. Rissi

      January 13, 2016 at 2:09 am

      I know that feeling, Rachel. I was sad too, but the show has since (for me) redeemed itself and I'm eager to see how it all ends despite the bittersweet feelings.

      Like you, I'm eager for the arrival of The Gilded Age. Here's hoping it ranks with Downton Abbey, which is high on my favorites list as well. :)

  • alyssa zech

    January 12, 2016 at 2:21 am

    Downton Abbey ROCKS! Sadly, I am still a season behind so I am avoiding all mention of this season like the plague.
    BBC really does produce some awesome shows. The most recent "Emma" was such a delight!

    1. Rissi

      January 13, 2016 at 2:10 am

      Downton Abbey DOES rock. I hope you enjoy S5 and eventually S6, Alyssa. It's pretty great so far – but I'll not say any more. :)

      Emma was a delight. Just re-watched that one and fell for its charms all over again. :)

  • Kristin

    January 12, 2016 at 2:34 am

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I'm liking season 6 so far and I'm incredibly curious as to how everything is going to play out. My mom has been watching it with me on Sunday nights, too, so far. :)

    1. Rissi

      January 13, 2016 at 2:12 am

      YAY! I'm glad you're enjoying S6 thus far, Kristin – my mom and I watch it together too, and I believe we both loved this season. It's nice that Fellowes gave us some happiness and closure in the final season. Next? He can write us that TV movie special. :D

  • Heidi Robbins

    January 12, 2016 at 5:15 am

    I don't have a tv show right now! I'd love some recommendations… past favorites have been The Office, West Wing, Gilmore Girls, The Mentalist.

    1. Rissi

      January 13, 2016 at 2:15 am

      Nothing wrong with that, Heidi – I have far too many. But yat for Gilmore Girls and The Mentalist. Those are two of my very favorites. (Speaking of The Mentalist, Amanda Righetti shows up in USA Network's Colony, which was fun.) Good luck. :)

  • Angela Tolsma

    January 12, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Oh gosh, Downton Abbey is my favorite show! I've been watching since the beginning! I was hoping when Tom went to America they would do a spin off but I am so happy he want back to Downton.

    1. Rissi

      January 13, 2016 at 2:17 am

      Given Tom's and Rose's moves, I wondered if the show would shift to America (for port of S6), but alas it doesn't. Though as you say, it's nice to see Tom back where he belongs. :)

  • Courtney Clark

    January 12, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    I'm currently watching this season as it airs! Finished ep 2 last night, and I'm liking the way Anna and Bates' story is going :) :) finally. I was actually late to the Downton party and have only seen seasons 4-5, so I guess I'm not disappointed like some viewers probably were with some characters' deaths/departures. I am ready for Matthew Goode to show back up, though, and am hoping for a happy ending for Edith.

    1. Rissi

      January 13, 2016 at 2:18 am

      I'm liking Anna and Bates story as well (though it does have some heartbreak going on because of Anna's trials), and I laughed myself silly over the whole marriage discussion between Mrs. Patmore, Carson and Mrs. Hughes. That whole bit was hilarious.

      Ditto and ditto – Edith NEEDS her happy ending and who doesn't like Matthew Goode in period drama!? :)

      As for being late to the party, I can understand that. It's nice you did jump in after all the drama. :)

  • Hannah Barta

    January 13, 2016 at 5:05 am

    I already really, really like Season 6, but I think I'm going to pass on finishing the rest of the season in weekly installments. I'm going to start a DVD collection instead :D

    Dance A Real

    1. Rissi

      January 15, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      That's an excellent idea, Hannah; I love the DVD sets because – commercial free AND watching the installments at ones own pace. Both are ideal. :)

  • Merry

    January 14, 2016 at 1:04 am

    I've missed a bit of DA so I am starting a marathon DA watching party with my girls… starting w/season one again!

    1. Rissi

      January 15, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      That sounds like an ideal and lovely solution to missing some 'Downton,' Merry. Hope you all enjoy! :)

  • Joni

    January 14, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    I'll not be watching the final season (*sniff*) until the dvd release. Therefore, I've been on lockdown for all things Downton Abbey, shying away from anything that could "spoil" me. Meanwhile, I've been rewatching previous episodes and I'm almost through S5. Julian Fellows' plots are so good- they never get old. And the fashion is always mouthwatering, the dialogue quotably-witty, the drama captivating… I guess it's obvious that this would be one of my top favorite shows picks? GAH!
    When I saw the title of my beloved show in this post, I'll admit I was leery, but the word "giveaway" lured me in… I would love love love to own the sixth season Dvd's! Thanks for the giveaway, Rissi!!!
    (Also, I've loved getting to know you more through comments and blog-visits. Keep up the awesome work here! ^^)

    1. Rissi

      January 15, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      My lips are sealed then, Joni; I won't leave any spoilers here except to say, ENJOY! :)

      This show IS captivating. It's beautiful and quick-witted and so amazing. Like you say, those costumes are stunners. :)

      I'm going to be reviewing this, so likely my next 'Downton' titled post will be a review… but once you see S6, I'd love to hear what you think.

      …and thank you for the kind words, Joni; you too! I've enjoyed chatting with you and visiting your blog. Looking forward to more blogging fun with my blogging friends in 2016. :)

  • D Johnson

    January 19, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    I love this show! I am also enjoying the new show Colony.

    1. Rissi

      January 21, 2016 at 12:53 am

      Me too – and same for me! Colony got off to a great start, and is in real danger of becoming a new TV obsession. :D

  • Olivia K. R. Fisher

    January 23, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    My mum and I just started watching DOWNTON over winter break! We've already made it to season three. :D

    1. Rissi

      January 26, 2016 at 4:03 am

      It's THAT addictive, isn't it, Olivia!? :)

    2. Olivia K. R. Fisher

      January 26, 2016 at 4:07 am

      Ha ha, yes!! :D

  • KayM

    January 24, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    My current enjoyment is watching all the past episodes of Downton Abbey. I am almost down with the second season. Thank you for the giveaway!

    1. Rissi

      January 26, 2016 at 4:05 am

      Re-watching this series is high on my must-do list, Kay. It's such a delightful journey. :)

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