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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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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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Julian Fellowes had to drop a particular storyline because another show of ITV, Mr Selfridge (2013), had already shot a similar one. See more »

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Robert and Cora Crawley both have blue eyes, but their daughters Mary and Edith have brown eyes. While it's not very common, two blue-eyed parents can produce brown-eyed children. Eye color is a complex trait that depends on the state of several interacting genes. The OCA2 gene on chromosome 15, which usually determines eye color, comes in different strengths. A person with a weak form of the gene will have blue eyes, and a person with a strong form will have brown eyes. Individuals also have other eye-color genes. For example, if one of these lesser genes is strong, it can make the weak form (blue) of OCA2 work much more effectively. Depending on the interactions of other genes, the resulting eye color can be any shade of brown, hazel, green or blue. See more »

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O Mio Babbino Caro
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Written by Giacomo Puccini
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Well done period piece
16 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is beautifully filmed, with authenticity and societal values inherent in both script and acting. The story weaves in and out of two layers of society -- the masters and the servants -- giving us glimpses into the power struggles occurring on each level, and the colourful characters who inhabit both. I particularly enjoy seeing the large-scale production involved in taking care of a household of this magnitude, and the care taken with all the details. Given today's rapid pace, it's almost peaceful to watch this deliberately slowed pace, and to get a genuine sense of what it was like to be an estate-owner in this period. Housemaids who gossip, independent young men who don't appreciate the butler's code of honour, catty women and genteel sophisticates all combine to make this a very enjoyable romp among the rich of yesteryear!


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