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Downton Abbey (2010– )

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A chronicle of the lives of the Crawley family and their servants, beginning in the years leading up to World War I.


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Series cast summary:
 Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham / ... (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Lady Edith Crawley (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Charles Carson (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
 John Bates (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Lady Mary Crawley (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Anna Bates / ... (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Mrs. Hughes (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Daisy Mason / ... (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Mrs. Patmore (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Isobel Crawley (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Thomas Barrow (51 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Joseph Molesley (46 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Tom Branson (45 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Dr. Clarkson (33 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Sarah O'Brien (25 episodes, 2010-2012)
 Matthew Crawley (25 episodes, 2010-2012)
 Baxter (23 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Lady Rose MacClare (21 episodes, 2012-2015)


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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War changes everything


Drama | Romance


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9 January 2011 (USA)  »

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Lily James who plays Lady Rose in this show is going to portray Cinderella in the new Cinderella movie. See more »


Although Robert and Cora Crawley both have blue eyes, their daughter, Mary, has brown eyes. This was thought biologically impossible in the Davenport Model (1907), although not very common, two blue-eyed parents can produce children with brown eyes. Eye color is a complex trait that depends on the state of several interacting genes. The gene that usually decides the issue (blue eyes or brown eyes) is the OCA2 gene on chromosome 15. But it comes in different strengths. A person with a weak form of the OCA2 gene will have blue eyes. Likewise a person with a strong form will have brown eyes, but individuals also have other eye-color genes that each has a say in the final eye-color outcome. For example, if one of these lesser genes is strong, it can make the weak form (blue) of OCA2 work much more effectively - almost like the strong form (brown). Then the eye color may be brown. In fact, the resulting color can be any shade of brown, hazel, green or blue depending on the interactions. See more »


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A satisfying social drama presaging the changes upcoming in pre-WWI Britain.
10 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Julian Fellowes' intelligent (and sophisticated) take on pre-World War I society of aristocrats and worker-bees is smart-writing on the changes we will see over the next 25 years, encompassing two major wars and a great depression. The writing and the casting make this many steps above "soap opera" as the themes of social mobility and aristocratic incompetence are sharply etched.

All of it pleased me, from the smallest character to the dozen or so leads, lead off by the always-brilliant Maggie Smith. This is to be enjoyed for both its eye-candy (Downton Abbey) and its themes of rich- and-poor dilemmas. Gorgeously shot with accurate art-direction. Wonderful all the way around.

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