Network: PBS (as part of the Masterpiece series)
Episodes: Ongoing (60-120 minutes)
TV show dates: January 9, 2011 – present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: 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, and Penelope Wilton.
TV show description:
The TV series begins in 1912 and is set in the fictional Downton Abbey, a country house Yorkshire. It follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants during the reign of King George V.
The estate stands a splendid example of confidence and mettle, its family enduring for generations and its staff a well-oiled machine of propriety. But change is afoot at Downton — change far surpassing the new electric lights and telephone.
A crisis of inheritance threatens to displace the resident Crawley family, in spite of the best efforts of the noble and compassionate Earl, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville); his American heiress wife, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern); his comically implacable and opinionated mother, Violet (Maggie Smith); and Mary, the beautiful eldest daughter who’s intent on charting her own course.
The Downton staff is led by butler Charles “Charlie” Carson (Jim Carter) and housekeeper Mrs. Elsie Hughes (Phyllis Logan).
Working under Mrs. Hughes are Sarah O’Brien (Siobhan Finneran), Lady Grantham’s personal maid; head housemaid Anna May Smith (Joanne Froggatt); cook Beryl Patmore (Lesley Nicol); housemaid Gwen Dawson (Rose Leslie); and scullery maid Daisy Robinson (Sophie McShera).
Working with Mister Carson are underbutler Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier) and second footman William Mason (Thomas Howes). As the series begins, Lord Grantham hires his former batman, lame John Bates (Brendan Coyle), as his valet — much to the chagrin of some of the staff.
Reluctantly, the family is forced to welcome its heir apparent, the self-made and proudly modern Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), himself none too happy about the new arrangements. As Matthew’s bristly relationship with Mary begins to crackle with electricity, hope for the future of Downton’s dynasty takes shape.
But when petty jealousies and ambitions grow among the family and the staff, scheming and secrets — both delicious and dangerous — threaten to derail the scramble to preserve Downton Abbey.
This TV series has not ended yet.
First aired: TBD
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