Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Coronation Street bounder in two centuries

no spoilers were used in the preparation of this post

Well, well. It came as quite a surprise to me to see Audrey's ex-beau, con-man and Deirdre Barlow lip-lock partner aka Lewis Archer, make an appearance in the phenom period drama Downton Abbey. Not only that, but Lewis, who appears as Lord Hepworth in Downton, seems to be a bounder in both the 20th and 21st century.

In Coronation Street, as you recall, Lewis was a senior male escort providing his services to clients like Audrey and Claudia. Then Lewis renounced his 'profession' (one of the oldest in the world, I believe - ed) to be with Audrey, the love of his life (until debt do them part) but then reveals himself to be a gigolo and fortune hunter.

In Downton, he's a fortune hunter looking to restore his financial wealth by courting Lady Rosamund (forerunner of Audrey Roberts without the beauty salon and pyscho grandson). However, ever the gigolo, ol' Lewis (Lord Hepworth) has it off with Lady Rosamund's maid (forerunner of vulnerable, sex-starved Deirdre Barlow).

In Downton Abbey, Lewis is found in flagrante delicto in one of the 90 bedrooms.
In Coronation Street, Lewis is captured on CCTV playing tonsil tennis with Deirdre in the bookies.

In both centuries, Lewis is dispatched quickly leaving a trail of heartbroken ladies. One might say that history repeats itself. 

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