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Downton Abbey 

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A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early twentieth century.

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Julian Fellowes
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Hugh Bonneville ...  Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Laura Carmichael ...  Lady Edith Crawley 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Jim Carter ...  Charles Carson 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Brendan Coyle ...  John Bates 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Michelle Dockery ...  Lady Mary Crawley 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Joanne Froggatt ...  Anna Bates / ... 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Robert James-Collier ...  Thomas Barrow 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Phyllis Logan ...  Mrs. Hughes 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Elizabeth McGovern ...  Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Sophie McShera ...  Daisy Mason / ... 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Lesley Nicol ...  Mrs. Patmore 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Maggie Smith ...  Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Penelope Wilton ...  Isobel Crawley 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Kevin Doyle ...  Joseph Molesley 46 episodes, 2010-2015
Allen Leech ...  Tom Branson 45 episodes, 2010-2015
David Robb ...  Dr. Clarkson 34 episodes, 2010-2015
Siobhan Finneran ...  Sarah O'Brien 25 episodes, 2010-2012
Dan Stevens ...  Matthew Crawley 25 episodes, 2010-2012
Raquel Cassidy ...  Baxter 23 episodes, 2013-2015
Lily James ...  Lady Rose MacClare 21 episodes, 2012-2015
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Storyline

Lord Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) sees his family heritage, especially the grand country home Downton Abbey, as his mission in life. The death of his heir aboard R.M.S. Titanic means distant cousin Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), 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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Masterpiece Classic See more »

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Runtime:

| (5 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the costumes used were original pieces that had to be painstakingly restored and refurbished by costumers Caroline McCall and Anna Robbins. See more »

Goofs

Downton Abbey is intended to be situated in the York Plain of North Yorkshire - characters occasionally refer to Thirsk and Ripon as being local towns. However in scenes of the village streets of Downton, the buildings are made of sandy Cotswold stone (as found in Bampton, Oxfordshire where these scenes were filmed), unlike the darker types of stone that are generally found in Yorkshire. See more »

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O Mio Babbino Caro
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Written by Giacomo Puccini
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Beautiful tale just before the world went to hell
26 February 2011 | by ApolloBoy109See all my reviews

At 19 minutes in I was hooked.

I remember when Lady Marjorie Bellamy of Upstairs, Downstairs died on the Titanic and the impact it had on my family. We felt this because of the investment we had made in the series.

This is a series where one can become just as addicted.

The lives and loves of the Grantham and the Crawly family are well-written and performed beautifully. The castle and the grounds a pleasure to look at, as are the costumes of the time.

As Elizabeth McGovern and I are equal in age, and I have grown up watching her on the silver screen, hers was a warming and dignified touchstone for me personally.

The cast couldn't be better suited for their roles, not one can be called a weak link.

Maggie Smith has a presences all her own, making each of her projects shine.

I am on episode four and can't wait for the remainder.

Once again our cousins across the pond show us "how good drama" can be.


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