Downton Abbey

Starkey International Institute of Household Management

The number of U.S. billionaires doubled in the past decade, and those hedge fund managers, CEOs and celebrities need trained staff to manage their many estates. That’s the goal of Starkey International Institute of Household Management in Denver. For about $20,000, students can learn how to oversee and care for today’s great estates.  Joining us is freelance writer John P. Davidson. He attended the Butler Boot Camp at Starkey and wrote about it for the January issue of Harper’s magazine.

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American audiences will have to wait until January before the popular drama, Downton Abbey returns to PBS.

Historian Simon Schama calls it another example of British television’s “cultural necrophilia”. Well then, bring out your dead…the Downton Abbey miniseries now airing Sunday nights on PBS has invigorated public television, revved up sales of cloche hats and maxi skirts, and has publishers scrambling to appeal to readers who devour period dramas.