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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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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

Four of the show's main cast members have appeared in Disney's live-action remakes of its animated features. Jim Carter voices the Executioner in Alice in Wonderland (2010), Lily James and Sophie McShera star as Cinderella and Drisella respectively in Cinderella (2015), while Dan Stevens plays the Beast in Beauty and the Beast (2017). 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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O Mio Babbino Caro
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Enjoyable
9 October 2010 | by moosegrouse2See all my reviews

For me at least Downton Abbey was elegant, controlled and subtly witty. The scenery, of course, is very good. (anyone interested can find short interviews with actor Hugh Bonneville and writer Julian Fellowes via youtube and be infected with their enthusiasm as well as getting an explanation, if you need one, of the setting) The house is suitably dramatic and the fabrics, the costumes, the camera shots of ringing bells and curious meal courses in the form of fences of asparagus, the morning light, or lit windows across the lawn, and the smooth work of all the actors make it something to watch and be both interested and relaxed. There is just enough drama and just enough calm, nothing seems overdone, and (after two episodes) the characters, as it switches between moments of their various days, are none of them an unwelcome change from the view of the last. It is a costume drama but 1912 after all was just as real as 2010 and it is, quite separate from costumes, about people, several different people, house workers and owners, their motives, their histories, pain, relationships, scheming allegiances, awkwardness or ease, old ways and the coming of those things we now call modern… electric lights, the middle class…Enjoyable so far. However, if you find these things dull, if you need constant shocks, use the word inoffensive as an insult or dislike all period dramas, scenery or rich people…stay away. It's not hard to do.


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