Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 26, 2010
Status
Returning Series
Runtime
90 min.
Country
UK
Network
ITV TV Network

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Downton Abbey (UK)

Downton Abbey is a historical drama written by Julian Fellowes. The series follows the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them in an Edwardian country house just after the turn of the 20th century.

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05x01 Series 5, Episode 1 Aired: Jan. 04, 2015

Early 1924 Both the Earl and Carson are upset by the election of a Labour government. The villagers want to build a war memorial, and ask Carson …

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Downton Abbey Renewed For Season 6


production set to begin early next year.
The award-winning period drama has yet to premiere its fifth season in the US, where it airs on "Masterpiece on PBS". Fans can look forward to that premiere on Sunday, January 4, 2015.

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  • As a guest on "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993) {(#19.88)}, Michelle Dockery revealed that, given her working class background, had she been affiliated in any way with society depicted…
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    As a guest on "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993) {(#19.88)}, Michelle Dockery revealed that, given her working class background, had she been affiliated in any way with society depicted in the story's time frame, she would most likely have been her housemaid Anna rather than the aristocratic Lady Mary Crawley she portrays so convincingly in the series.
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  • Goof (incorrectly regarded as a mistake): Although Robert and Cora Crawley both have blue eyes, their daughter, Mary, has brown eyes. This was thought biologically impossible in the Davenport…
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    Goof (incorrectly regarded as a mistake): Although Robert and Cora Crawley both have blue eyes, their daughter, Mary, has brown eyes. This was thought biologically impossible in the Davenport Model (1907), although not very common, two blue-eyed parents can produce children with brown eyes. Eye color is a complex trait that depends on the state of several interacting genes. The gene that usually decides the issue (blue eyes or brown eyes) is the OCA2 gene on chromosome 15. But it comes in different strengths. A person with a weak form of the OCA2 gene will have blue eyes. Likewise a person with a strong form will have brown eyes, but individuals also have other eye-color genes that each has a say in the final eye-color outcome. For example, if one of these lesser genes is strong, it can make the weak form (blue) of OCA2 work much more effectively - almost like the strong form (brown). Then the eye color may be brown. In fact, the resulting color can be any shade of brown, hazel, green or blue depending on the interactions.
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  • When the first series was broadcast, Julian Fellowes, the creator and executive producer, was annoyed at newspaper articles which printed viewers' criticisms of anachronisms (e.g. TV aerials…
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    When the first series was broadcast, Julian Fellowes, the creator and executive producer, was annoyed at newspaper articles which printed viewers' criticisms of anachronisms (e.g. TV aerials and double yellow lines in shot), especially the newspapers' assumptions that *all* such criticisms were valid - for example the word "boyfriend" was wrongly thought to be an anachronism when in fact it appeared in print in 1889, long before the time when Downton Abbey was set. At the time, he said "They think to show how smart they are by picking holes in the programme to promote their own poshness and to show that their knowledge is greater than your knowledge". However in an article in Radio Times on 17 September 2011, coinciding with the start of the second series, Fellowes apologised and commented "I behaved rather badly by getting the hump".
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