It's a good show, with great actors. A bit predictable, but that doesn't really take away from the very good story lines. On one hand the story lines are seem contrived, on the other hand, the characters are genteel people, living during a hard time.The show does NOT mince the story lines to protect the audience from the harshness of the time period. It was a hard time, people died of diseases and other afflictions that are now so easily cared for, or do not exist in our life time. And, people had silly (silly to our way of life today) notions about what was proper and what wasn't proper. All in all, I so enjoyed the show. It made me cry and laugh and smile. What more can you ask for from a TV show? And again, the acting, I think, is superb, the actors are well known heavy hitters. (as an American I have concluded that Britain only has about 20 or 30 TV actors that just cycle through TV shows, one after another. LOL. Joking,) but really, I watch a lot of British shows because I love them, and I love the actors, who I see again and again. If you like historical fiction, you will love this show. And the sets are beautiful! Like watching art in motion. Enjoy!