The Wire: Downton Shabby is a British period drama set in fictional Yorkshire, England in the early 21st century on the estate of the eighth Earl of Baltimore, Avon Barksdale. The series depicts the lives of the aristocratic Barksdale family and their servants as they experience great events in history that effect their lives and those of the British social hierarchy. The first season opens at the end of the year 1999, where the family is preparing to host the family of their close friend Spiros Vondopulous for the holiday season.
The much-anticipated Season 4 will include a new character, a former stripper named Bubbles who has married into the Barksdale family. Follow her zany misadventures as she learns how to navigate dining with a full 8-course setting of silverware, and attend the many state functions in her new role as wife to the heir of Lord Baltimore.
We’ll also see the return of favorite characters such as McNulty, a distant Irish relative of the Barksdales, who continues to embarrass the family with his outrageous drunken antics. Downstairs in the servants hall we’ll see Mrs. Greggs running the household along with head butler Mr. Omar Little. This unstoppable team provides the stern guidance needed to keep young servants such as Bodie, Wallace, and Stringer Bell engaged in their day-to-day jobs of cooking, serving, dressing, and chauffeuring the Earl of Baltimore and his family.
The Wire: Downton Shabby has received critical acclaim from television critics and won numerous accolades, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Use of Ebonics with a British Accent. It was renewed by the network for three more seasons, and resumes production for the highly-anticipated Season 4 next month.
Behind the Scenes:
I have wanted to do a Downton Abbey – The Wire mash-up of some kind since just before the semester started. When I saw this Daily Create, I jumped on it and shifted characters around to make it seem plausible, all the while being completely untrue. Bubbles as a former stripper was a character mash-up I’ve wanted to do as well, mostly because of that terrific character name. I made the logo by importing the original black and white logo into Photoshop, blacking out the “Abbey” and replacing it with “Shabby” using the Caslon typeface which was used in the original. Enjoy!