TV WORTH WATCHING:
SUNDANCE, 8 p.m. ET; 7/2/2013
Like Downton Abbey? Of course you do. And that’s why you’ll also like this 2001 movie by Robert Altman, which, long before so many people went venturing down the Abbey road, Altman presented this sprawling, wickedly entertaining story about the guests and servants at a country house in England between the wars. Sound familiar? Well, the similarities are anything but coincidental. Altman’s co-author for this screenplay was Julian Fellowes, who would go on, before the decade was out, to create Downton Abbey. And who are the stars of Gosford Park, this big-screen Downton prototype? Oh, just Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas, Charles Dance and Ryan Phillippe, that’s all.