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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The real estate that "plays" Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, has been the home of the Carnarvon family since 1679. In 1922, George Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, co-discovered the Tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. On the show, the names of the Earl of Grantham's beloved dogs, Isis and Pharaoh, are nods to the real castle's connection to Egyptian history. 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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O Mio Babbino Caro
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Written by Giacomo Puccini
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Rare treasure!
26 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll agree that the British know how to do period drama better than anyone (certainly better than us Americans) and this is no exception. You'll be captivated immediately and hours will go by before you realize you've spent an entire afternoon in front of your television set. The relationships built between all characters of this show are what tie it up in a nice, fluffy (although not always pretty) bow. Brilliantly written and set in lush, vibrant surroundings with detailed costuming, this drama series should set the bar for others. No busy dialog or wasted scenes, just good, solid craftsmanship in every episode of this poignant family story. You'll do well to invest in seasons 1 and 2. Looking forward to the arrival of season 3!


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