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Downton Abbey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Downton Abbey From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Downton Abbey Genre Period drama Created by Julian Fellowes Written by Julian Fellowes Shelagh Stephenson Tina Pepler Directed by Brian Percival Ben Bolt Brian Kelly Andy Goddard James Strong Ashley Pearce Starring Hugh Bonneville Jessica Brown Findlay Laura Carmichael Jim Carter Brendan Coyle Michelle Dockery Kevin Doyle Siobhan Finneran Joanne Froggatt Thomas Howes Rob James-Collier Allen Leech Rose Leslie Phyllis Logan Elizabeth McGovern Sophie McShera Matt Milne Lesley Nicol Amy Nuttall Maggie Smith Ed Speleers Dan Stevens Penelope Wilton Opening theme "Did I Make the Most of Loving You?" Composer(s) John Lunn Country of origin United Kingdom Language(s) English No. of series 3 No. of episodes 25 (List of episodes) Production Executive producer(s) Julian Fellowes Gareth Neame Rebecca Eaton Producer(s) Liz Trubridge (series producer) Nigel Marchant Editor(s) John Wilson Steve Singleton Mike Jones Cinematography David Katznelson (series 1)
Gavin Struthers (series 2) Running time 48–68 minutes per episode
(excluding commercial breaks) Production company(s) Carnival Films Broadcast Original channel ITV Picture format 1080i (HDTV) Original run 26 September 2010 (2010-09-26) – present External links Website

Downton Abbey is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece.[1] It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2010 and on PBS in the United States on 9 January 2011 as part of the Masterpiece Classic anthology.

The series, set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era — with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. Such events depicted throughout the series include news of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the first series; the outbreak of World War I, the Spanish influenza pandemic, and the Marconi scandal in the second series; and the Interwar period and the formation of the Irish Free State in the third series.

Downton Abbey has received critical acclaim from television critics and won numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries. It was recognised by Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed English-language television series of 2011, and became the international television series to receive the largest number of nominations in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, with twenty-seven in total.[2] It was the most watched television series on both ITV and PBS, and subsequently became the most successful British costume drama series since the 1981 television serial of Brideshead Revisited.[3] By the third season, it had become one of the most widely watched television shows in the world.[4]

Contents 1 Overview 2 Locations 3 Cast 3.1 Main cast 3.1.1 The Crawley family 3.1.2 Staff 3.2 Recurring and guest cast 4 Production 5 Episodes 5.1 Series one 5.2 Series two 5.2.1 Christmas Special 2011 5.3 Series three 5.3.1 Christmas Special 2012 5.4 Prequel 5.5 Series four 6 Reception 6.1 Series one 6.2 Series two 6.3 Awards and nominations 6.4 International broadcasts 6.5 STV opt out 7 Releases 7.1 Blu-ray and DVD 7.2 Soundtrack 7.3 Books 8 See also 9 References 10 Further reading 11 External links [edit] Overview

The series is set in the fictional Downton Abbey, a Yorkshire country house, the seat of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, and follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants during the reign of King George V. The first series spanned the two years before the Great War beginning with news of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, which set the story in motion. The second series covered the years 1916 to 1919, and the 2011 Christmas Special covered the 1919 Christmas period, ending in early 1920. The third series picks up soon thereafter, covering 1920 through the fall of 1921.

[edit] Locations Highclere Castle, used for interior and exterior filming of Downton Abbey

Highclere Castle in Hampshire was used for exterior shots of Downton Abbey and most of the interior filming.[5] The servants' quarters and working areas and several "upstairs" bedrooms were constructed and filmed at Ealing Studios.[6]

The village of Bampton in Oxfordshire was used to film outdoor scenes, most notably St Mary's Church and the library, which served as the entrance to the cottage hospital.[7] First World War trench warfare in France was filmed in rural Suffolk near the village of Akenham specially designed for period war scenes.[8][9] Haxby Park, the estate Sir Richard Carlisle intends to buy in Series 2, is part of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire.[10] Greys Court in Oxfordshire was used as the family's secondary property, into which they proposed moving and calling 'Downton Place' due to financial difficulties in the third series. Also in the third series, Bates imprisonment was filmed in Lincoln Castle in Lincolnshire.

The Downton Abbey of the title and setting, though fictional, is described as lying in the historical County of Yorkshire. The towns of Easingwold, Kirkby Malzeard, Kirkbymoorside, Malton, Middlesbrough, Ripon, Richmond, and Thirsk, each mentioned by characters in the series, lie in North Yorkshire, as does the city of York, while Leeds -- similarly mentioned -- lies in West Yorkshire.

Inveraray Castle doubled as Duneagle Castle in the 2012 Christmas special.

[edit] Cast Main article: List of Downton Abbey characters [edit] Main cast [edit] The Crawley family Actor Character Relation Series Hugh Bonneville Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham The Lord Grantham, head of the Crawley family 1- Elizabeth McGovern Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham The Lady Grantham, Lord Grantham's American heiress wife 1- Michelle Dockery Lady Mary Crawley Eldest daughter of Lord and Lady Grantham; Widow of Matthew Crawley 1- Laura Carmichael Lady Edith Crawley Middle daughter of Lord and Lady Grantham 1- Jessica Brown Findlay Lady Sybil Branson (née Crawley) Youngest daughter of Lord and Lady Grantham; Late wife of Tom Branson 1-3 Maggie Smith Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham Lord Grantham's mother 1- Allen Leech Tom Branson Widower of Lady Sybil; agent of the estate and former chauffeur 1- Dan Stevens Matthew Crawley Heir presumptive (third cousin once removed) of Lord Grantham; former lawyer, latterly co-owner of the estate; Late husband of Lady Mary 1-3 Penelope Wilton Isobel Crawley Matthew's mother; Widow and former physician's assistant 1- Lily James Lady Rose MacClare Cousin and ward of the Granthams; daughter of The Marquess and Marchioness of Flintshire 3- [edit] Staff Actor Character Position Series Jim Carter Charles "Charlie" Carson Butler 1- Phyllis Logan Elsie Hughes Housekeeper 1- Brendan Coyle John Bates Lord Grantham's valet 1- Siobhan Finneran Sarah O'Brien Lady Grantham's lady's maid 1- Rob James-Collier Thomas Barrow Footman, later Lord Grantham's valet, then underbutler 1- Joanne Froggatt Anna Bates (née Smith) Head housemaid, later lady's maid; wife to John Bates 1- Lesley Nicol Beryl Patmore Cook 1- Sophie McShera Daisy Mason (née Robinson) Kitchen maid, later assistant cook; widow of William Mason 1- Thomas Howes William Mason Footman; late husband of Daisy 1-2 Rose Leslie Gwen Dawson Housemaid 1 Amy Nuttall Ethel Parks Housemaid, later Mrs Crawley's Housekeeper 2–3 Kevin Doyle Joseph Molesley Mr Crawley's butler and valet 1- Matt Milne Alfred Nugent Footman 3- Edward Speleers James "Jimmy" Kent Footman 3- [edit] Recurring and guest cast Actor Character Position Series Samantha Bond Lady Rosamund Painswick (née Crawley) Sister of the Earl 1- Jonathan Coy George Murray Lord Grantham's lawyer 1- David Robb Dr Richard Clarkson Medical doctor 1- Fergus O'Donnell John Drake Farmer on the Grantham estate 1-2 Christine Lohr Mrs Bird Mr Crawley's cook 1-3 Lionel Guyett Mr Taylor Chauffeur 1 Andrew Westfield Mr Lynch Groom 1 Cal Macaninch Henry Lang Lord Grantham's valet 2 Sharon Small Marigold Shore Lady Rosamund's maid 2 Clare Calbraith Jane Moorsum Housemaid 2 Cathy Sara Mrs Drake Wife of Mr Drake 1-2 Brendan Patricks The Hon Evelyn Napier Suitor of Lady Mary 1 Theo James Kemal Pamuk Ottoman (Turkish) Embassy attaché 1 Charlie Cox Duke of Crowborough Suitor of Lady Mary; lover of Mr Barrow 1 Nicky Henson Mr Charles Grigg Former colleague of Carson's 1 Bill Fellows Joe Burns Mrs Hughes's former suitor 1 Robert Bathurst Sir Anthony Strallan Family friend and former suitor of Lady Edith 1-3 Zoe Boyle Lavinia Catherine Swire Late fiancée of Mr Crawley 2 Iain Glen Sir Richard Carlisle Publisher and Lady Mary's former suitor 2 Maria Doyle Kennedy Vera Bates Former wife of Mr Bates 2 Lachlan Nieboer Lt Edward Courtenay Wounded officer 2 Daniel Pirrie Maj Charles Bryant Wounded officer 2 Trevor White Maj Patrick Gordon Wounded officer who claims to be Patrick Crawley, who was believed dead and would be heir presumptive if not 2 Paul Copley Mr Mason William's father 2-3 Kevin McNally Mr Bryant Maj Bryant's father 2-3 Christine Mackie Mrs Bryant Maj Bryant's mother 2-3 Nigel Havers Lord Hepworth Suitor of Lady Rosamund 2 Cara Theobold Ivy Stuart Kitchen maid 3- Shirley MacLaine Martha Levinson American mother of Lady Grantham 3 Tim Piggott-Smith Sir Philip Tapsell London obstetrician and gynaecologist 3 Ruairi Conaghan Kieran Branson Tom's brother 3 Charles Edwards Michael Gregson Newspaper editor 3- Lucille Sharp Reed Mrs Levinson's maid 3 Michael Culkin Cosmo Gordon Lang Archbishop of York 3 MyAnna Buring Edna Braithwaite Maid 3 Peter Egan Hugh "Shrimpie" MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire Lord Flintshire, Rose's father 3 Phoebe Nicholls Susan MacClare, Marchioness of Flintshire Lady Flinshire, Rose's mother and the Dowager Countess' niece 3 John Henshaw Tufton Grocer and Mrs Patmore's former suitor 3 [edit] Production

Gareth Neame of Carnival Films conceived the idea of an Edwardian-era TV drama set in a country house and approached Fellowes, who had won an Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) for Gosford Park. Although Fellowes was reluctant to work on another project resembling Gosford, within a few weeks he returned to Neame with an outline of the first series. Fellowes writes the scripts, and his wife Emma is an informal story editor.[11]

[edit] Episodes Main article: List of Downton Abbey episodes [edit] Series one

The first series was broadcast in the UK on 26 September 2010, and explored the lives of the Crawley family and their servants from the day after the sinking of the RMS Titanic in April 1912 to the outbreak of the First World War on 4 August 1914. Much of the focus is on the need for a male heir to the Grantham estate, and the troubled love life of Lady Mary as she attempts to find a suitable husband. The device that sets the drama in motion is the entail accompanying the (fictional) Earldom of Grantham, which endows both title and estate exclusively to heirs male complicated by the dire financial state of the estate only saved when the earl, then the heir apparent, married an American heiress. On the marriage, her considerable fortune was contractually incorporated into the comital entail in perpetuity. The earl and countess, who had three daughters and no son, arranged for their eldest daughter to marry her cousin, son of the heir presumptive. The demise of both heirs presumptive in the sinking of the Titanic destroyed the plans and brought into play a distant male cousin, a solicitor from Manchester as heir to the countess's fortune.

[edit] Series two

The second series premiered in the UK on 18 September 2011, and in the U.S. on 8 January 2012.[12] A Christmas special[13][14] was broadcast on Christmas Day 2011 in the UK.

The series comprised eight episodes, running from the Battle of the Somme in 1916 to the 1918 flu pandemic. Matthew Crawley, Thomas Barrow, and William Mason went to fight in the war; Tom Branson, an Irishman, will not fight for the British. Lady Sybil Crawley defied her aristocratic position and joined the Voluntary Aid Detachment.[15][16]

Michelle Dockery, Dame Maggie Smith, Brendan Coyle, Rob James-Collier, Dan Stevens,[3] Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville,[17] Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt, Phyllis Logan[18] and Allen Leech[19] all returned and Cal Macaninch, Iain Glen, Amy Nuttall, Zoe Boyle and Maria Doyle Kennedy joined the cast[20] as the new valet Lang, Sir Richard Carlisle, the new housemaid Ethel, Miss Lavinia Swire and John Bates' wife Vera respectively.[21] Filming began in March 2011.[22]

[edit] Christmas Special 2011

Most of the regular cast, with Nigel Havers as Lord Hepworth and Sharon Small as Lady Rosamund's new maid, Marigold Shore, appeared in a Christmas special.[23] This single episode visited Downton between Christmas 1919 and early 1920.

[edit] Series three

The third series of Downton Abbey premiered on 16 September 2012 in the UK, and on 6 January 2013 in the U.S. In series three, Mary and Matthew were married; Tom and Sybil, who were expecting their first child, arrived at Downton and Downton suffered financial hardships.

[edit] Christmas Special 2012

ITV1 announced at the end of the last episode of Series Three, broadcast on 4 November 2012 in the UK, that a special episode would be broadcast on Christmas Day.[24]

Actress MyAnna Buring appeared in the 2012 Christmas special, playing the role of maid Edna Braithwaite.[25]

[edit] Prequel

In The Telegraph September 2012 issue, Julian Fellowes said he's working on a spin-off prequel of Downton Abbey which revolves around Lord Grantham and Cora's courtship. Initially planned as a book, it was then picked up by ITV.[26]

[edit] Series four

On 23 November 2012, ITV announced that a fourth series has been commissioned and that filming will begin in February 2013.[27][28]

[edit] Reception [edit] Series one

The first episode of Downton Abbey had a consolidated British audience of 9.2 million viewers, a 32% audience share—making it the most successful new drama on any channel since Whitechapel was launched on ITV1 in February 2009. The total audience for the first episode, including repeats and ITV Player viewings, exceeded 11.6 million viewers. This was beaten by the next episode, with a total audience of 11.8 million viewers—including repeats and ITV Player views.

Downton Abbey broke the record for a single episode viewing on ITV Player, the ITV online catch-up service.[15]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the first series received an average score of 92, based on 14 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".[29] This result earned the show a Guinness World Record in 2011 for "Highest critical review ratings for a TV show", making Downton Abbey the most critically well received TV show in the world.[30]

Sam Wollaston of The Guardian said,

It's beautifully made—handsome, artfully crafted and acted. Smith, who plays the formidable and disdainful Dowager Countess, has a lovely way of delivering words, always spaced to perfection. This is going to be a treat if you like a lavish period drama of a Sunday evening.[31]

Viewers were critical of the number of advertisement breaks during the first episode (five in a 90-minute episode, as well as one before and one after), claiming it ruined the continuity. ITV responded by saying that the number of breaks complied with Ofcom regulations and that the advertising was necessary to cover the high costs of production.[32]

[edit] Series two

The second series premièred in Britain on 18 September 2011 in the same 9 pm slot as the first series, with the first episode attracting an average audience of 9 million viewers on ITV1, a 34.6% share.[33] The second episode attracted a similar following with an average of 9.3 million viewers.[34] In January 2012, the PBS premiere attracted 4.2 million viewers, over double the network's average primetime audience of 2 million. The premiere audience was 18% higher than the Season 1 premiere.[35]

The second season of Downton Abbey gave PBS its highest ratings since 2009. The second season averaged 5.4 million viewers, excluding station replays, DVR viewings and online streaming. The 5.4 million average improved on PBS first season numbers by 25%. Additionally, episodes of season two have been viewed 4.8 million times on PBS' digital portal, which bests season one's online viewing numbers by more than 400 percent. Overall, Downton Abbey-related content has racked up more than 9 million streams across all platforms, with 1.5 million unique visitors, since season 2's 8 January premiere.[36]

[edit] Awards and nominations

Downton Abbey was placed tenth on The Guardian's list of the Top 10 TV programmes of 2010, and came second in the Top 10 TV dramas of 2010 list, beaten only by Doctor Who. It came first in the Top 10 new drama category.[37]

It won two Broadcasting Press Guild awards in 2011. It won Best Drama Series and Julian Fellowes won for writing.[38] It has also won 6 Primetime Emmy Awards.[39]

In September 2011, the show entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the 'most critically acclaimed television show' for the year, becoming the first British show to win the award. It beat American shows Mad Men and Modern Family to the title.[40]

In 2012, Downton Abbey nominated and won the Best Drama Award at the National Television Awards.[41][42] Downton Abbey also won Best TV Show Award at the 2012 Elle Style Awards.[43]

Also in 2012, Downton Abbey was parodied on Saturday Night Live where they imagined how the show might be advertised on the male-oriented Spike TV network, calling it "fancy Entourage."[44]

In July 2012, Downton Abbey was nominated for 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, which, in combination with its 11 Emmy nomination in 2011, makes Downton the most nominated non-US show in Emmy history.[2]

On 15 September, at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, John Lunn received the Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for Series (Original Dramatic Score), while Anne ‘Nosh’ Oldham and Christine Greenwood won the Outstanding Hairstyling for A Single Camera Series Award.[45]

On 23 September, at the Primetime Emmy Awards, Maggie Smith took home the Outstanding Supporting Actress Award in a Drama Series.[45]

On 20 November, Downton Abbey was shortlisted for International Programme Sales at the 2013 Broadcast Awards. The International Programme Sales category aims to recognize a UK-produced programme that has made a significant impact internationally.[46]

On 29 November 2012, the producers of Downton Abbey were nominated for The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television (Drama) at the 2013 Producers Guild Awards.[47]

On 12 December, Downton Abbey received three nominations at the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Downton was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble In a Drama Series, while Michelle Dockery and Maggie Smith were both nominated for Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series.[48]

On 13 December 2012, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated Downton Abbey in three categories for the 70th Golden Globe Awards. Downton Abbey received a nomination for Best Television Series (Drama), Michelle Dockery for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Drama), and Maggie Smith for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.[49]

Actor Allen Leech who plays Tom Branson has been nominated for the Actor in a Supporting Role Television Award at the 2013 Irish Film and Television Awards, and the awards take place in February 2013.[50][51]

Series Award Category Nominee Result Series 1 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Miniseries or Movie Downton Abbey Won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Elizabeth McGovern Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Maggie Smith Won Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Brian Percival Won Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Julian Fellowes Won Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Jill Trevellick Nominated Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie David Katznelson Won Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie Donal Woods
Charmian Adams
Gina Cromwell Nominated Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie John Wilson Nominated Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Susannah Buxton
Caroline McCal Won Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Adam Armitage
Alex Sawyer Nominated Golden Globe Awards Best Miniseries - Television or Film Downton Abbey Won Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Hugh Bonneville Nominated Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Elizabeth McGovern Nominated Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Maggie Smith Nominated BAFTA Awards 2010 Best Drama Series Downton Abbey Nominated Supporting Actor Brendan Coyle Nominated BAFTA Craft 2010 Best Fiction Director Brian Percival Won Sound Award Nigel Heath
Alex Sawyer
Adam Armitage
Mark Holding Won Tape & Film Editing Award John Wilson Nominated Photography Award David Katznelson Nominated Production Design Award Donal Woods Nominated TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Mini-Series and Specials Downton Abbey Nominated Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actor Hugh Bonneville Nominated Outstanding Actress Elizabeth McGovern Nominated Outstanding Actress Michelle Dockery Nominated Outstanding Actress Maggie Smith Nominated Best International Producer Gareth Neame Nominated Best European Producer Gareth Neame Nominated Producers Guild of America Awards Long-form Television Downton Abbey Won Broadcasting Press Guild Best Drama Series Downton Abbey Won Best Actor Hugh Bonneville Nominated Best Actress Elizabeth McGovern Nominated Best Actress Maggie Smith Nominated Best Writer Julian Fellowes Won Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Maggie Smith Nominated Satellite Awards Best Miniseries or Television Film Downton Abbey Nominated Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Hugh Bonneville Nominated Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Elizabeth McGovern Nominated Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Maggie Smith Nominated Banff Fiction Rockies Awards Best Mini-Series Downton Abbey Won RTS Television Awards Best Drama Series Downton Abbey Nominated RTS Craft & Design Awards Photography Award David Katznelson Won Original Title Music Award John Lunn Nominated TRIC Awards HD Drama Programme of the Year Downton Abbey Won TV Choice Awards Best New Drama Downton Abbey Nominated American Cinema Editors Best Edited Miniseries John Wilson Nominated American Society of Cinematographers One-Hour Episodic/Pilot Television David Katznelson (For the pilot) Nominated Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming 2011 TV Series or Serial Downton Abbey Nominated Series 2 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Downton Abbey Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Hugh Bonneville Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Michelle Dockery Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jim Carter Nominated Brendan Coyle Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Joanne Froggatt Nominated Maggie Smith Won Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Julian Fellowes for
Episode Seven Nominated Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Brian Percival for
Episode Seven Nominated Outstanding Art Direction for Single Camera Series Downton Abbey Nominated Outstanding Costumes for Series Downton Abbey Nominated Outstanding Music Composition for Series Downton Abbey Won Outstanding Hairstyling for Single Camera Series Downton Abbey Won Outstanding Casting for Drama Downton Abbey Nominated Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for Drama Downton Abbey Nominated Outstanding Sound Mixing for Comedy or Drama Downton Abbey Nominated BAFTA Awards 2011 Best Supporting Actress Maggie Smith Nominated YouTube Audience Award Downton Abbey Nominated BAFTA Craft 2011 Production Design Donal Woods & Judy Farr Nominated Original Music John Lunn Nominated Costume Design Susannah Buxton Nominated TCA Awards Programme of the Year Downton Abbey Nominated Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials Downton Abbey Won Monte Carlo Awards Best Drama TV Series Downton Abbey Nominated Outstanding Actor Dan Stevens Nominated Brendan Coyle Nominated Outstanding Actress Michelle Dockery Nominated Joanne Froggatt Nominated Outstanding International Producer Gareth Neame Nominated Outstanding European Producer Gareth Neame Nominated National Television Awards Best Drama Downton Abbey Won Televisual Bulldog Awards Best Drama Downton Abbey Won Virgin Media TV Awards Best Drama Downton Abbey Won Basauri Award Basauri Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts Brendan Coyle Won Elle Style Awards Best TV Show Downton Abbey Won TRIC Awards Drama Programme of the Year Downton Abbey Won Irish Film and Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in TV Drama Brendan Coyle Nominated Hollywood Post Alliance Awards Outstanding Editing - Television John Wilson Won Golden Globe Award Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama Downton Abbey Nominated Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama Michelle Dockery Nominated Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Maggie Smith Won National Television Awards Best Drama Downton Abbey Pending Drama Performance: Male Brendan Coyle Pending Hugh Bonneville Pending Drama Performance: Female Michelle Dockery Pending Joanne Froggatt Pending Producers Guild of America Awards Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television - Drama Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge Pending Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Downton Abbey Pending Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Maggie Smith Pending Michelle Dockery Pending Broadcast Awards International Programme Sales Downton Abbey Pending Irish Film and Television Awards Actor in a Supporting Role - Television Allen Leech Pending [edit] International broadcasts

Over 100 countries have acquired the rights to broadcast Downton Abbey.[52]

In the United States, Downton Abbey was broadcast in January 2011 on PBS, as part of the 40th season of Masterpiece.[53] The programme was broadcast in four 90-minute episodes, requiring PBS to alter the beginning and endpoints of each episode with minimal editing.[54] In the Republic of Ireland, independent television channel TV3 aired the first series in January and February 2011.[55] However, ITV (UTV region) is commonly available throughout both the Republic and Northern Ireland. In Australia, the first series was broadcast on the Seven Network from 29 May 2011.[56] The second series was broadcast on the Seven Network from 20 May 2012.[57] In Spain, Antena 3 aired the first series in March and April 2011, the second series in December 2011 and January 2012, and the third series in November and December 2012.[58] In Sweden, the first series was aired by SVT on Saturdays at 21.30 from 12 February 2011.[59] Viewing figures were in excess of a million for each episode.[60] SVT began airing the second season on 29 October 2011 and the third season on 3 November 2012. In Norway, the first series was broadcast by NRK on Sundays at 21.15 as double episodes from 2 January 2011. The first episode of series two was broadcast on Sunday, 30 October 2011 at 21.25, with double episodes the following three Sundays. The final episode was broadcast on 27 November 2011. The Christmas Special was broadcast on 26 December 2011, just one day after the UK broadcast.[61] The first three episodes of the third series was broadcast Sundays at 20.55 from 30 September to October 14 2012, and the five final episodes of the series was broadcast Sundays at 21.30 from October 28 to November 28 2012. The Christmas Special was broadcast on 26 December 2012, just one day after the UK broadcast. In Denmark, the first series was aired by Danmarks Radio on Sundays at 20.00 from 12 March 2011.[62] In Belgium, Eén, the Flemish public broadcaster, began airing the first series on 26 March 2011[63] and the second series on 1 May 2012 In Poland, TVN Style began airing the first series on 16 April 2011.[64] In New Zealand, Prime (New Zealand) began airing the first series on 10 May 2011,[64] the second series on 18 October 2011 and the third series on 18 October 2012. In the Netherlands, Nederland 2 began airing the first series on 25 June 2011,[65] the second series on 5 November 2011[66] and the third series on 24 November 2012.[67] In Israel, Channel 1 began airing the first series on 1 July 2011.[68] In Germany, Sky aired a four-part version on 20 and 27 July 2011.[69] Public broadcaster ZDF and its sister channel ZDFneo both aired the complete first series between 21 and 27 December 2012.[70] In Finland, the first series began airing on Yle TV1 on 30 August 2011,[71] the second series on 3 January 2012 and the third series on 6 November 2012. In Argentina, Film&Arts began airing the first series on 1 September 2011.[72] In Canada, VisionTV begin airing the programme on 7 September 2011. Canadians can also view it on PBS. [73] In Japan, Star Channel 3 began airing the first series on 19 October 2011;[74] the second series aired from 28 October 2012.[75] In Italy, Rete 4 began airing a four part version of the first series on 11 December 2011,[76] while the second series will start on 2 December 2012.[77] In Taiwan, PTS (Public Television Service) started airing the first series on 19 December 2011, with one episode per night.[78] In The Czech Republic, ČT1 began airing it under the name "Panství Downton" on 4 January 2012.[79] In Hong Kong, TVB Pearl began airing the first series on 5 January 2012, with one episode every week.[80] In Croatia, Croatian Radiotelevision began airing the first series on 5 February 2012 and continued with the second series after the conclusion of the first. In South Africa, BBC Entertainment via DSTV began airing the first series on 19 February 2012. In Portugal, FOX Life began airing the first series on 10 October 2011, on basic cable.[81] SIC began airing the first series on 25 February 2012, (and the second on 5 January 2013) on open broadcast.[82] In Chile, TVN began airing the first series on 14 April 2012.[83] In Brazil, GNT began airing the first series on 19 May 2012.[84] In Switzerland, SF1 began airing the 4 part version of the first series on 6 July 2012. In France, TMC[85] began airing the first series dubbed in French on 10 December 2011, and the second series also dubbed in French on 9 September 2012 after a repeat of the first series in August. In Greece, NET[86] began airing the first series on 15 October 2012.[87] The second series aired on Monday 12 November 2012. In Hungary, Story4 began airing the series on 10 February 2013.[88] [edit] STV opt out

STV, which broadcasts ITV productions in Scotland, opted out of showing Downton Abbey, choosing instead to screen a brand-new six-part series of Taggart, following a long practice of opting out of Britain-wide ITV programmes.[89] This led to backlash from Scottish viewers, who were frustrated at not being able to watch the programme. Many viewers with satellite or cable television tuned into other regional stations of the ITV network, for example ITV1 London, with viewing figures showing this is also commonplace for other ITV programmes.[90] The series received its first Britain-wide broadcast when it was shown on ITV3 in February 2011.

STV announced in July 2011 that it will show the first and second series of Downton Abbey, as part of its autumn schedule.[91]

Phyllis Logan, who plays Mrs Hughes, said: "I'm delighted that STV is showing Downton Abbey in Scotland – it means my family and friends in Scotland will be able to watch it at the same time as the rest of the UK. This might push our viewing figures up even higher which can only be good." Iain Glen, who plays Sir Richard Carlisle, added: "I am not party to the original decision as to why STV didn't acquire the original series from ITV, but I am delighted the decision has been reversed and the people of Scotland will be able to see what all the fuss has been about."[92]

[edit] Releases [edit] Blu-ray and DVD Blu-ray/DVD title # of disc(s) Year # of episodes Release date (UK only) Complete Series One 2 (Blu-ray)
3 (DVD) 2010 7 8 November 2010 Complete Series Two[93] 3 (Blu-ray)
4 (DVD) 2011 8 7 November 2011 Complete Series One and Two[94] 5 (Blu-ray)
7 (DVD) 2010–11 15 7 November 2011 Christmas at Downton Abbey[95] 1 2011 1 26 December 2011 Complete Series Three 3 (Blu-ray)
4 (DVD) 2012 8 5 November 2012[96]

Internationally, the U.S. DVD release date was 11 January 2011, in New Zealand it was released on 22 June 2011 and in Australia on 4 August 2011. The release in Australia and New Zealand has an exclusive bonus disc in both the DVD and Blu-ray versions. It contains extras such as cast interviews, geography of Downton: upstairs and downstairs, a day in service and others.

On 16 September 2011, two days before the UK premiere of the second series, it was reported by Amazon.com that the first series of Downton Abbey had become the highest selling DVD Boxset on the online retailer's website of all time, surpassing popular American programmes such as The Sopranos, Friends and The Wire.[97]

[edit] Soundtrack

A soundtrack, featuring music from the series and also new songs, was released by Decca in September 2011. Music by John Lunn and Don Black features, with vocals from Mary-Jess Leaverland and Alfie Boe.[98]

[edit] Books

The World of Downton Abbey, a book featuring a behind-the-scenes look at Downton Abbey was released on 15 September 2011. It was written by Jessica Fellowes (the niece of Julian Fellowes) and was published by HarperCollins.[98][99] A second book also written by Jessica Fellowes and published by HarperCollins, The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, was released on 13 September 2012. It is a guide to the third series and the new era which the programme has now entered.[100]

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Archived from the original on 23 September 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/6Atk3dNJb. Retrieved 6 October 2012. ^ Interview with Jessica Fellowes Edwardian Promenade, 12 September 2011 ^ "The Chronicles of Downton Abbey Official Series 3 TV tie-in: Amazon.co.uk: Jessica Fellowes, Matthew Sturgis: Books". Amazon.co.uk. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0007453256/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00. Retrieved 2012-10-28. DA CS ITV Official Press Pack: http://www.itv.com/documents/pdf/DOWNTON_ABBEY_PRESS_S2_XMAS_Lores.pdf [edit] Further reading Fellowes, Jessica (2011). The World of Downton Abbey. Foreword by Julian Fellowes, photography by Nick Briggs. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-1-250-00634-9. OCLC 727704121. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1250006341/sr=1-1#reader_1250006341. The companion book to the first and second series. Includes an extensive further reading section. MacColl, Gail; Wallace, Carol McD. (2012). To Marry an English Lord or, How Anglomania Really Got Started. New York: Workman Publishing. ISBN 0-7611-7195-9. OCLC 779399305. http://www.amazon.com/Marry-English-Lord-Gail-MacColl/dp/0761171959/. Gives a background on the preceding period, especially for Cora, Countess of Grantham, who is one of the "Buccaneers". 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$26.99 › Explore similar items Product Details Format: Box set, Color, NTSC Language: English Subtitles: English Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.) Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Number of discs: 3 Rated: NR (Not Rated) Studio: PBS DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011 Run Time: 368 minutes Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,271 customer reviews) ASIN: B0047H7QD6 Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV) #8 in Movies & TV > DVD > Drama Did we miss any relevant features for this product? Tell us what we missed. Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price? Learn more about "Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey (Original UK Edition)" on IMDb Special Features Making of Downton Abbey
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Great British Heritage Pass, a promotional spot for British tourism Editorial Reviews Amazon.com An addictive blend of suds and social commentary, ITV's Downton Abbey brings a microcosm of Edwardian society together under one roof. Lord Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville) and his family live a life of leisure, while a fleet of servants, including butler Carson (Jim Carter), attend to their every need, but two events conspire to shake things up: the sinking of the Titanic, which claims Crawley's heirs, and the return of his valet, Bates (Brendan Coyle). Since Crawley and Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) have three daughters, his distant solicitor cousin, Matthew (Dan Stevens), becomes heir to the estate. With that, the scheming begins, since Thomas the footman (Rob James-Collier) views Bates as an interloper and Crawley's mother, Violet (Maggie Smith), feels the same way about Matthew's mother, Isobel (Penelope Wilton).

In the tradition of the BBC's Upstairs Downstairs and Robert Altman's Gosford Park, for which writer-creator Julian Fellowes received an Academy Award, the royals, servants, and middle-class relations struggle to get along. Sniffs uptight maid Miss O'Brien (Siobhan Finneran), "Gentlemen don't work," but that doesn't stop Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael) from competing for Matthew's affections. Though it takes awhile to warm up to the tightest-wound characters, most everyone reveals their more vulnerable side before the first season comes to an end, and a new small-screen classic is born.

The entire sprawling cast is quite wonderful, particularly Bonneville, Carter, and James-Collier, who provide a fascinating study in contrasts (the latter is downright dastardly). Unlike the version that aired on PBS's Masterpiece Classic, this set offers seven parts rather than four. Extras include a featurette, in which cast and crew discuss the production, and an introduction to Hampshire's Highclere Castle, which doubles for Downton Abbey. The first season was a phenomenon in the United Kingdom, and Fellowes has promised a second season set during World War I. --Kathleen C. Fennessy Product Description Downton Abbey -- a sprawling, lavish Edwardian mansion nestled in the Yorkshire landscape -- needs an heir. Dame Maggy Smith stars as Violet, the stubborn Dowager Countess of Grantham matriarch of Downton. Hugh Bonneville stars as her son, the stoic, unflapple Lord Crawley. Elizabeth McGovern is his far-sighted American wife, Cora. From Academy Award-winner Julian Fellowes. This is the original un-edited UK version of the program. See all Editorial Reviews Customer Reviews 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,271) 4.7 out of 5 stars 5 star 1,076 4 star 86 3 star 31 2 star 24 1 star 54 See all 1,271 customer reviews “ Wonderfully acted, great story lines, character depth, well written. ” Linda Quick  |  436 reviewers made a similar statement “ I like that i can watch them again whenever i want. ” iteachsped  |  166 reviewers made a similar statement “ I received the DVDs very quickly after ordering... thank goodness because I could not wait to start watching! ” Andrea  |  66 reviewers made a similar statement Most Helpful Customer Reviews 1,406 of 1,455 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars Be Alert....varying editions.. January 24, 2011 By Songbird Format:DVD|Amazon Verified Purchase There appears to be two (2) editions of Downton Abbey....in watching the past 3 episodes as presented on my PBS station, I have become increasingly aware that the editing was very "jumpy"....short short sequences to a meaningful story line.....then, I discovered that there is an edition, UK edition, that is full length....meaning there are 7 episodes in total....the edition being shown on my local PBS station, is all of 4 episodes....and the shifty scenes that I am observing on the Sunday night presentation have been edited for USA viewers.
To me, this is ruinous to a finely produced English landscape, pre-world war I.

Just be more alert to this. I am not aware of any information from my PBS station to this effect, that I am indeed viewing a condensed version of Downton Abbey....

I have just purchased DVD, UK edition of Downton Abbey to view in my home....this should be a more in-depth story, without the shifting of scenes that add up to being difficult to the entire story line. 57 Comments |  Was this review helpful to you? Yes No 742 of 767 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THE DUMBED DOWN PBS VERSION! February 1, 2011 By Miles from Home Format:DVD EDIT: I am revising my post and giving this 5 Stars instead of one as PartlyCloudy has kindly pointed out that my review of the PBS version has ended up under the "UK version". There is much confusion out there since the infamous Daily Mail article claimed that a full two hours of the original ITV series had been cut by PBS. Many claim the cuts are minor and unnoticeable. I'd venture to guess that about 35 minutes were edited out of the original, but more importantly, it was a hack job and many scenes do not play out as intended. Below is my slightly revised review of the PBS version which you should avoid at all costs:

Do not buy the so-called "dumbed down" PBS version of the outstanding British ITV series Downton Abbey. We watched the entire series with great joy while in the UK last year, and after excitedly telling our American friends to watch Downton Abbey on PBS, my husband and I looked at each other in horror and confusion as we watched one butchered scene after another. Don't be misled by those who recalculate the running time to account for the removal of commercials (from the ITV version) or the reformatting to shorten the series by increasing episode length (7 episodes in the UK, 4 longer episodes in the US). The fact is, SCENES WERE OMITTED AND OR TRUNCATED because as PBS Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton shamefully admitted, "American audiences demand a `different speed' to their shows." She also claimed that American audiences would have trouble understanding the complicated inheritance issues. Wow. This is an extraordinary admission from a PBS executive. Don't people turn to PBS for an intelligent alternative to the idiocy of American commercial television? I submit it is Rebecca Eaton who is dumb, not the PBS viewership.

There is apparently a Region 2 version of the unedited ITV series on Amazon (EDIT: and now we see there is an "unedited UK" version provided by PBS though I have not seen it and cannot attest that it's the actual ITV version), so just check your tech specs before buying or search elsewhere. And for the much anticipated season two of Downton Abbey when it premieres later this year, get a UK VPN and stream it from the ITV Player. Each episode remains available for streaming for several weeks after it airs. Note: Many inadvertently refer to this as a BBC series. It is in fact an ITV production.

Shame, shame, shame on Rebecca Eaton and PBS. 35 Comments |  Was this review helpful to you? Yes No 605 of 638 people found the following review helpful 4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, if a tad flawed, Edwardian series November 13, 2010 By Cherchezlafemme VINE™ VOICE Format:DVD Julian Fellowes has mined his script for Gosford Park, and took a few cues from the beloved 1970s series Upstairs, Downstairs - Collector's Edition Megaset (The Complete Series plus Thomas and Sarah), to create Downton Abbey, a stunning and colorful drama set around the aristocratic Crawley family and the staff which serves them. Set between 1912 and 1914, Downton Abbey chronicles the conflict of class, gender, and politics, and serves it up with a refreshing dollop of sizzle and scandal. Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, and Dame Maggie Smith (as Robert, Earl of Grantham, Cora, Countess of Grantham, and Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, respectively) are knock outs, but the rest of the cast are no slouches either, with the stunning Michelle Dockery at the forefront as Lady Mary Crawley, who is the selfish, proud, and vindictive eldest daughter you can't help but like. The actors and the stunning interiors of Highclere Castle, home to the Earls of Carnarvon, give Downton Abbey a glossy, sophisticated sheen, even when the script's twists and turns can be a bit of a let-down. Nevertheless, the drama is engrossing and invigorating, and a worthy addition to the collection of any period drama aficionado--and anyone who likes good drama, period! 47 Comments |  Was this review helpful to you? Yes No › See all 1,271 customer reviews (newest first) Write a customer review Most Recent Customer Reviews 5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 1 Excellent - addicting - great acting - intrigue within the staff, amongst the nobles is very well developed. Published 18 minutes ago by Raymond O'Keefe 5.0 out of 5 stars A true Masterpiece! This series is so gripping. I love how well developed the characters are!!! Every episode is goes deeper into the make up of each character. Read more Published 52 minutes ago by Kelly Huseman 5.0 out of 5 stars This show is awesome! I love watching Downton Abbey and all of its interesting characters. I also love how true to the time the show is with its fashions and settings. Published 1 hour ago by Jabr57 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tv! I am hooked. I have been hearing about this show and now managed to catch up with season 1 thanks to Amazon prime and I love love this show. Published 1 hour ago by A. Harvey 5.0 out of 5 stars As Good as it gets! Hard to top the over all quality of this series for all three seasons. Bravo!!!
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together nicely. I hope everyone watches and enjoys Published 3 hours ago by Cynthia A. Greiner 5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! Loved every single minute of it - sad when it was over. Now that I'm caught up, one hour episodes aren't enough! Published 4 hours ago by readerlpel 5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING!!! Acting at it's best. Oh you cannot imagine how great this show really is. It would be a grave injustice for you not to pleasure yourself with this series. Read more Published 4 hours ago by Christy 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!! Love this series! The history and the lives of the Crawley family will transport you into another time many, many years ago. Read more Published 4 hours ago by jeffrey a eldridge 5.0 out of 5 stars Season One Downton Abbey This is a Masterpiece. The acting is phenomenal! The writing is superlative. The story is provocative. Read more Published 4 hours ago by denise Search Customer Reviews Only search this product's reviews ASIN B0047H7QD6 dvd_display_on_website Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey (Original UK Edition) link Start your free trial and join millions of Amazon Prime members who enjoy:

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