In the comments to my previous Spank Statement, I mentioned that Downton Abbey is very like the 1970s TV classic Upstairs Downstairs and a timely piece in today’s Telegraph riffs extensively on the same theme.
Writer Alison Pearson compares Downton’s “rebellious” Lady Sybil (I seem to recall using that word too!) to Lesley-Anne Down’s character in the older series:
“As for the lushly beautiful and rebellious Lady Sibyl, she even looks like Lesley-Anne Down, who played rebellious Lady Georgina 40 years ago.”
As I was saying to Father Jon in the comments, the rebellious Lady Georgina really did get the smacked bottom she deserved.
Lesley-Anne should have had her drawers pulled Down
There’s also some choice words to describe Daisy:
“The Crawleys’ delightfully gormless kitchen maid Daisy is a rehash of the Bellamy family’s delightfully gormless Ruby.”
From Downton Abbey to Waterloo Road: Sophie McShera effortlessly spans 100 years of spankability (or delightful gormlessness if you prefer to call it that): BTW she’s actually 24 (!) in case you were wondering.
Years ago, I used to have a naked picture of Lesley-Ann Down lying on her side in a very similar pose to the one used on the header of this blog (although she was looking round over her shoulder so you could see her face). I think she’d done a shoot for a porn magazine which then got plastered all over the tabloids when she became famous. The picture was a big favourite of mine and I’ve looked for it online without success. Can anyone help? I’ll use it as a new header if a reader can come up with it.