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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 20th 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 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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War changes everything

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Masterpiece Classic See more »

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Runtime:

| (5 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In Disney's Cinderella (2015) Rose (Lily James) and Daisy (Sophie McShera) play almost the opposite roles as they do in Downton. In Cinderella, James is a servant whilst McShera is an aristocrat. While in Downton James plays an aristocrat and McShera plays a servant. See more »

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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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Beautifully produced, and for me one of the better programmes airing this year
7 November 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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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