Downton Abbey: The plots have been barmy, but we"ve loved every minute

As another series of Downton ends, JAN MOIR says yes, the plots have been barmy, but we”ve loved every melodramatic minute

“I can”t live without Downton”, “Don”t be defeatist, girl, it”s back at Christmas!”

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As the plot twists and dramatic turns at Downton became ever more barmy, fans began to love the series just as much for its double-decker sandwich of hammy and cheesey laugh-aloud moments as for its undoubted strengths

As the plot twists and dramatic turns at Downton became ever more barmy, fans began to love the series just as much for its double-decker sandwich of hammy and cheesey laugh-aloud moments as for its undoubted strengths

Dame Maggie Smith has made a huge impact as the formidable yet loveable Violet Crawley

Dame Maggie Smith has made a huge impact as the formidable yet loveable Violet Crawley

Laura Carmichael as Edith, Jessica Brown Findlay as Sybil and Michelle Dockery as Mary: the three young sisters and their chaotic love lives may be a large part in the success of Downton

Laura Carmichael as Edith, Jessica Brown Findlay as Sybil and Michelle Dockery as Mary: the three young sisters and their chaotic love lives may be a large part in the success of Downton

Brendan Coyle as John Bates who has been carted off in handcuffs this season

Brendan Coyle as John Bates who has been carted off in handcuffs this season