Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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The family and staff of Downton are shocked when they find that the heir to the title and fiancé of the Earl's daughter Mary perished on the Titanic and the Earl hires a crippled army comrade as valet.

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April 1912:- The heir to the title of Earl of Grantham, long time inhabitant of Downton Abbey, perishes on the 'Titanic'. Robert, the benevolent current earl, owes his wealth to his American wife Cora but they have only three daughters, who cannot inherit by law, so another heir must be found by marrying off Mary, the eldest girl. The Duke of Crowborough is a possibility but he is a closet gay who only has eyes for Thomas, the handsome but obnoxious footman, and soon departs. Robert's mother, the dowager, and Cora decide that the next best candidate is Matthew Crawley, a distant cousin, but Cora knows that the spirited Mary will not be happy with their choice. Downstairs there is also unrest as Thomas is passed over for promotion to valet in favour of Robert's batman from the Boer War, John Bates, who now limps due to a war wound. Along with Cora's maid Miss O'Brien, Thomas schemes to discredit Bates in the eyes of butler Carson and forces his resignation but Robert intervenes and ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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earl | heir | valet | footman | butler | See All (61) »

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Drama | Romance

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9 January 2011 (USA)  »

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It's revealed that Mr. Bates served with Lord Grantham in the army years prior to his arrival at Downton. Oddly enough Brendan Doyle (Bates) and Hugh Bonneville (Grantham) portrayed shipmates on an English naval submarine in the James Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies." See more »

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While talking with Cora prior to sleeping, the candle on Robert's bedside table disappears and reappears with only the flame visible until finally he blows it out, at which time it has reappeared completely at the edge of the table. See more »

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Duke of Crowborough: Why did you apologize to that man? It's not his business what we do.
Lady Mary Crawley: I always apologize when I'm in the wrong. It's a habit of mine.
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References Upstairs, Downstairs: A Suitable Marriage (1971) See more »

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Opening Theme (From Downton Abbey)
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Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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Terrific start...
28 September 2010 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

(I'll edit this review as I see more episodes. There are seven.) It's 'Upstairs Downstairs' all over again! The new series, Downton Abbey, is bound to draw parallels from its' almost 40 year old inspiration but has so far proved itself worthy of the challenge.

Writer Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) has created interesting and likable characters without the need to submerge them into over emotional dialog and performances. Much of what is 'said' is done with body language alone.

Much of the first episode gets some of the family history, legal status and staff hierarchy details out of the way.

As you can expect the cast and acting is first rate and the photography, scenery and attention to detail is perfect. The script (so far) is not insulting or annoying... which is a pleasant surprise.

After being continually disappointed by the quality of British TV drama over the last few years with it's insipid devotion to a teenage audience it's very satisfying to be able to report that this one finally seems to be headed for an intelligent, discerning and adult audience.

Get your best china out, cut the crusts off those cucumber sandwiches, relax into the Chesterfield and enjoy! Sunday nights in front of the box are back!


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