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Downton Abbey 

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A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

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Julian Fellowes
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Hugh Bonneville ...  Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Laura Carmichael ...  Lady Edith Crawley 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Jim Carter ...  Charles Carson 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Brendan Coyle ...  John Bates 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Michelle Dockery ...  Lady Mary Crawley 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Joanne Froggatt ...  Anna Bates / ... 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Robert James-Collier ...  Thomas Barrow 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Phyllis Logan ...  Mrs. Hughes 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Elizabeth McGovern ...  Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Sophie McShera ...  Daisy Mason / ... 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Lesley Nicol ...  Mrs. Patmore 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Maggie Smith ...  Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Penelope Wilton ...  Isobel Crawley 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Kevin Doyle ...  Joseph Molesley 46 episodes, 2010-2015
Allen Leech ...  Tom Branson 45 episodes, 2010-2015
David Robb ...  Dr. Clarkson 34 episodes, 2010-2015
Siobhan Finneran ...  Sarah O'Brien 25 episodes, 2010-2012
Dan Stevens ...  Matthew Crawley 25 episodes, 2010-2012
Raquel Cassidy ...  Baxter 23 episodes, 2013-2015
Lily James ...  Lady Rose MacClare 21 episodes, 2012-2015
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Storyline

Lord Grantham sees his family heritage, especially the grand country home Downton Abbey, as his mission in life. The death of his heir aboard the Titanic means distant cousin Matthew Crawley, a Manchester lawyer, suddenly is next in line and accepts moving onto the vast estate with his even more modernist, socially engaged mother, who clashes with his lordship's domineering, conservative mother, the dowager countess. Marrying off the daughters is another concern. Meanwhile, the butler presides over a staff which serves the family, but also lead most of their entire lives in the servants' quarters, intriguing amongst themselves. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Masterpiece Classic See more »

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Runtime:

| (5 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

When the first series was broadcast, Julian Fellowes, the creator and executive producer, was annoyed at newspaper articles which printed viewers' criticisms of anachronisms (e.g. TV aerials and double yellow lines in shot), especially the newspapers' assumptions that all such criticisms were valid. The word "boyfriend" was wrongly thought to be an anachronism, whereas it first appeared in print in 1889, long before the time when Downton Abbey was set. At the time, he said "They think to show how smart they are by picking holes in the programme to promote their own poshness and to show that their knowledge is greater than your knowledge". However in an article in Radio Times on 17 September 2011, coinciding with the start of the second series, Fellowes apologised and commented "I behaved rather badly by getting the hump". See more »

Goofs

For the most part, none of the aristocratic characters in the series speak with the proper received pronunciation that would be accurate of the aristocracy of the time. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #43.2 (2012) See more »

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O Mio Babbino Caro
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Written by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Kiri Te Kanawa
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Well done period piece
16 September 2011 | by lorriebeauchampSee all my reviews

This is beautifully filmed, with authenticity and societal values inherent in both script and acting. The story weaves in and out of two layers of society -- the masters and the servants -- giving us glimpses into the power struggles occurring on each level, and the colourful characters who inhabit both. I particularly enjoy seeing the large-scale production involved in taking care of a household of this magnitude, and the care taken with all the details. Given today's rapid pace, it's almost peaceful to watch this deliberately slowed pace, and to get a genuine sense of what it was like to be an estate-owner in this period. Housemaids who gossip, independent young men who don't appreciate the butler's code of honour, catty women and genteel sophisticates all combine to make this a very enjoyable romp among the rich of yesteryear!


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