Downton Abbey (2010– )

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Beginning in the years leading up to World War I, the drama centers on the Crawley family and their servants.

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Series cast summary:
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 Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham (35 episodes, 2010-2014)
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 Lady Edith Crawley (35 episodes, 2010-2014)
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 Mr. Carson (35 episodes, 2010-2014)
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 John Bates (35 episodes, 2010-2014)
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 Lady Mary Crawley (35 episodes, 2010-2014)
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 Anna Bates / ... (35 episodes, 2010-2014)
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 Thomas Barrow (35 episodes, 2010-2014)
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 Mrs. Hughes (35 episodes, 2010-2014)
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 Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham (35 episodes, 2010-2014)
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 Daisy Mason / ... (35 episodes, 2010-2014)
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 Mrs. Patmore (35 episodes, 2010-2014)
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 Isobel Crawley (35 episodes, 2010-2014)
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 Tom Branson (30 episodes, 2010-2014)
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 Joseph Molesley (29 episodes, 2010-2014)
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 Sarah O'Brien (25 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Matthew Crawley (25 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Dr. Clarkson (24 episodes, 2010-2014)
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 Lady Sybil Crawley / ... (20 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Alfred Nugent (17 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Ethel Parks (16 episodes, 2011-2012)
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 Jimmy Kent (16 episodes, 2012-2014)
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 Ivy Stuart (15 episodes, 2012-2013)
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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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In 2012, it became the most nominated British TV series in the history of the Emmys, with 16 Emmy nominations at The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards (2012). See more »

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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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lovely!
6 January 2011 | by (Cardiff,Wales) – See all my reviews

OK so I'll admit, Downton isn't a academic study of social change, nor is it entirely original ( let's be honest) - but it doesn't pretend to be!

Does that make it any less of a excellent drama? No! Does That decrease the clever, witty and delicious writing? No! Does it cloud the ( at many moments) wonderful acting? No!

Admittedly it isn't hard core drama - but it was lovely, it made me feel warm, it let me get all cross and annoyed (in a nice way), it got me exited - and soothed.

Honestly what more can you ask for??

Maggie Smith is excellent as the snooty Dowageress, Brendan Cole does Mr Bates very well - and Joanne Froggat (who I only manage to catch on tele occasionally sadly) who was equally lovely.

It was all just lovely!


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