Release Date : 2010
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No. of episodes : 42
Opening the day after the sinking of the Titanic and passing through the announcement that England is at war with Germany, this BBC miniseries encompa... [+] more
Opening the day after the sinking of the Titanic and passing through the announcement that England is at war with Germany, this BBC miniseries encompasses the drama of one upper-class English family, the sprawling Downton Abbey where they live, and the servants who maintain it. Lord (Hugh Bonneville) and Lady (Elizabeth McGovern) Grantham have three daughters -- Mary (Michelle Dockery), Edith (Laura Carmichael), and Sybil (Jessica Brown-Findlay) -- and a big problem when the cousin set to inherit Downton Abbey (and marry Mary) goes down with the Titanic. That leaves third cousin Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) -- a lawyer who s not accustomed to dressing in a tux for every dinner. When he arrives, he s sneered at by the Dowager Countess (the always-amazing Maggie Smith) but is eventually accepted as the estate s only hope. He may be Mary s as well, especially after London gets word of her scandalous affair with a Turkish diplomat. Most of the servants are rooting for her anyway, especially Carson the butler (Jim Carter) and Anna (Joanne Froggatt) the ladies maid. But not all is sunny and loyal downstairs. Thomas (Rob James-Collier) the footman is always scheming. Plus Gwen the house maid (Rose Leslie) buys a typewriter in hopes of getting a job as a secretary, and the new socialist chauffeur is more than happy to drive Lady Sybil to all her forward-thinking political causes.