OK, we all know that Downton Abbey can't be taken too seriously, but this latest series is beyond a joke. I've watched all the series' and Xmas specials, and they are light, pleasant, harmless viewing. The scripts have previously been quite good or (only just) bearable, and sometimes - especially in Maggie Smith's case - witty. However, it is now obvious that it is all going pear-shaped. Julian Fellowes has clearly run out of ideas, and possibly has his mind set on future projects. At one time it was possible to care about the characters, but having watched the first 2 episodes of this latest series, I'm giving up: it has become staid.