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Abbey Fabulous!

In Tidbits on March 23, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Lady Grantham (Kim Cattrall) and the Countess (Jennifer Saunders) in “Uptown Downstairs Abbey.” (Photo by BBC, courtesy The Daily Telegraph)

If you’re suffering from Downton Abbey separation anxiety – and who isn’t these days? – then hopefully this will tide you over until the addictive Edwardian era soap opera returns to PBS next year.

Uptown Downstairs Abbey, a biting two-part spoof that the BBC broadcast last week as part of Britain’s annual Comic Relief charity drive, is now on YouTube.

The 15-minute production features a cast of British comedy superstars, including Absolutely Fabulous’s Jennifer Saunders as the Countess, Dame Maggie Smith’s Downton Abbey role, and Joanna Lumley as the housekeeper, originally played by Phyllis Logan.

The show-stealer is Kim Cattrall, whose impersonation of Elizabeth McGovern, a.k.a. Lady Grantham, is flawless.

The Brits loved the spoof: The Daily Telegraph newspaper ranked Uptown Downstairs Abbey second on its list of this year’s 10 funniest Comic Relief moments.

(Topping the list: James Corden’s Smithy sketch. Don’t know what that refers to? Neither do we.)

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