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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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 Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Lady Edith Crawley (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Charles Carson (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 John Bates (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Lady Mary Crawley (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Anna Bates / ... (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Thomas Barrow (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Mrs. Hughes (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Daisy Mason / ... (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Mrs. Patmore (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Isobel Crawley (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Joseph Molesley (46 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Tom Branson (45 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Dr. Clarkson (34 episodes, 2010-2015)
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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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 Baxter (23 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Lady Rose MacClare (21 episodes, 2012-2015)
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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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Trivia

During the second season, the Abbey is turned into a recovery house for troops. At Highclere Castle, the house used for the show, the Countess of Carnarvon during World War I turned the house into a hospital. Unlike Cora Crawley, the Countess eagerly opened her home and there are letters in some of the rooms from former patients thanking her for her hospitality. See more »

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Although Robert and Cora Crawley both have blue eyes, their daughters Mary and Edith have 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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Referenced in Film 2016: Episode dated 19 November 2014 (2014) See more »

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O Mio Babbino Caro
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Performed by Kiri Te Kanawa
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Beautifully produced, and for me one of the better programmes airing this year
7 November 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have to say I loved Downton Abbey, and thought it was one of the better programmes airing this year along with Luther, Sherlock and the stunning Channel 4 drama Mo. Downton Abbey was beautifully produced, well cast and interesting, when it was first advertised it looked as though ITV had a hit and from the first episode I think Downton Abbey lived up to that expectation.

I for one loved how elegant Downton Abbey was. The photography was beautiful and skillful, while the scenery was breathtaking and the costumes were exquisite. The scoring was also very good, often very hypnotic and beautiful. The direction was controlled, the episodes were well paced and for me the characters were believable my favourites being Violet and Robert.

The writing in general was another strength. It was witty in a subtle way, is often funny and could be heart warming and poignant too, the best coming from Violet and Mrs Hughes I felt. The only bit of dialogue that rang false, and this is such a minor criticism, is Robert's "Downton is my third parent and my fourth child" which came across as somewhat cheesy. And the stories were well written and as believable as the characters, not to mention pretty original.

And of course the acting was excellent. Maggie Smith was perfect as Violet. She plays this sort of character well, and she had such good timing and dialogue. Plus I love her in costume. Hugh Bonneville was dashing, and I cannot get over how beautiful Michelle Dockery was here. Jessica Brown-Findlay was also fine as another of my favourite characters Lady Sybil, and Phyllis Logan was always good value though I would love to see more of her if and when the series returns.

In conclusion, Downton Abbey was a wonderful series thanks to the great cast and production values especially and I cannot wait to see more. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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