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Downton Abbey

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Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Channel: ITV
Status: Ended
8.9/10(5015 votes)
Allen Leech Allen Leech as Tom Branson
Amy Nuttall Amy Nuttall as Ethel Parks
Andrew Scarborough Andrew Scarborough as Tim Drewe
Brendan Coyle Brendan Coyle as John Bates
Cara Theobold Cara Theobold as Ivy Stuart
Dan Stevens Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley
Douglas Reith Douglas Reith as Lord Merton
Ed Speleers Ed Speleers as Jimmy Kent
Elizabeth McGovern Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley
Elizabeth McGovern Elizabeth McGovern as Cora, Countess of Grantham

The Downton Abbey 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; his American heiress wife, Cora his comically implacable, opinionated mother, Violet and his beautiful, eldest daughter, Mary, intent on charting her own course. Reluctantly, the family is forced to welcome its heir apparent, the self-made and proudly modern Matthew Crawley 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. Downton Abbey offers a spot-on portrait of a vanishing way of life.

TV series is set in the era of King George V reign in a fictional estate of Downton Abbey, Yorkshire country, where members of an aristocratic family live together. Earl of Grantham, Robert Crawley is the head of the family. He is married to a rich American heiress Cora because of her fortune in order to save and restore the mansion. But after some time the marrieds have fallen in love with each other and Cora gave birth to three wonderful daughters. In the spring of 1912 earl’s cousin James Crawley and his son Patrick die in the Titanic's crash. Since the perished didn’t have any other relatives the family is in turmoil – only patrilineal has the right to inherit the mansion and the title of nobility. In fall Matthew Crawley, the heir of the Crawley family, arrives at the mansion with his mother. The young man is a novice lawyer and is used to more modest lifestyle than Granthams are. He is the only male offspring of the family and thus the only successor…

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Downton Abbey season 2 is set in World War I, starting with the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and ending with the truce in 1918. Lord Grantham was not called up to the war due to his age but Matthew Crawley as well as lackeys Thomas and William went to the front. Tom Branson is questioning whether he wants to fight for England. And Lady Sybil, despite her aristocratic origin is serving as a nurse. A new housemaid Ethel arrives in Downton together with Mr. Bates’ wife. This makes the valet leave his position in order to avoid blackmail from his wife. Lord Grantham hires a new valet, a newly returned war veteran. Thomas, who has been fighting in France, also comes back home. An intentional wound became the ground for his discharge. He starts working at a local hospital with Lady Sybil. Matthew, who has also served in France, received a new direction to England and comes back home with his fiancée Lavinia Swire.

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The action of the show taking place in the early 20th century. The estate called Downton lives Lord Grantham and his family. In the large family of Lord for each member of the family and servants of their own role and their own place. In spite of the democratic and peace-loving nature of Lord, no one do not dare to question it. As it should be the will of the tradition after his death, the estate must go away to male heirs, but as the only candidate on the Titanic dies, the family raises the question: what do you do? Throughout the TV series we look at the development of relations in the two social circles: in the top, where it is about the family of Lord Grantham and in the lowest, where the servants live. These two terms are very different among themselves, but they do overlap.

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Downton Abbey season 4 begins with the news about Matthew’s tragic death: he rushed home as soon as he was told that Mary had a baby son and crashed in a car accident. A few months after his death, Mary is still indifferent to both family and her own child. However, gradually she becomes more engaged in the Downton’s affairs as with Matthew’s death the changes he was planning are now threatened and her father Lord Grantham is glad to have things just the way they used to be. But Mary gets down to business with Tom and they manage to break the deadlock. Mary also gets involved in a passing fancy as Lord Gillingham, her past passion, arrives at the estate. Lord Gillingham’s arrival turns out to be a drama for housemaid Anna: Lord’s servant raped her and she is afraid of what her husband Bates can do if he finds out…

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Downton Abbey season 5 continues the story of the Crawley family. It’s the beginning of 1924. The village people want to erect a monument dedicated to World War I victims and ask Carson to become the head of the committee. Edith still hasn’t received any news from Gregson, her daughter is raised by a farmer’s family and Edith cannot take part in upbringing her own daughter. Branson’s new acquaintance, Ms. Bunting, a school teacher is not approved of by Robert. Daisy decides to study math. Jimmy is followed by his previous mistress, Lady Anstruther. Lord Merton is courting Isobel. Thomas keeps trying to elicit the connection between Bates and Green’s death from Ms. Baxter. He blackmails Baxter with her past. Molesley suggests Baxter to assume measures before Thomas gets a chance to tell the Countess about everything.

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Downton Abbey season 6 begins in 1925. This is the final season. 6 months have passed since the events of season 5. Henry Talbot and Lord Gillingham begin competing for the favor of the Lady Mary. They both consider themselves to be worthy to be with her. Development of a romantic relationship between Bertie Pelham and Edith Crawley continues. She spends more time in London. Robert Crawley decided to cut staff to reduce operating costs. Elsie Hughes said yes to Mr. Carson's marriage proposal. Now, they are planning a wedding. Tom Branson with her daughter returned from America. The final season will be full of intrigues, triumphs and surprises.

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