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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Dry your eyes, Downton fans it's not the end of the road for your favourite characters as butler Mr Carson and his new wife, housekeeper Mrs Hughes head into retirement to the village of King’s Oak, Birmingham to buy a house which they intend to run as a B&B. in a new spin-off series which is expected to hit screens in 2017 and is codenamed ‘Downstairs Abbey, will initially be set at the start of the 1930s, but producers hope that its plot will run through until 1964,

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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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  • Gillian Anderson reportedly turned down the part of Lady Grantham.
  • In the 2012 book "The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era," authors Jessica Fellowes and Matthew Sturgis clarify that although Cora's late father (who has been identified on the show as…
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    In the 2012 book "The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era," authors Jessica Fellowes and Matthew Sturgis clarify that although Cora's late father (who has been identified on the show as Isidore Levinson, a dry-goods magnate from Cincinnati, Ohio) was Jewish, her mother, Martha, was Episcopalian and raised Cora likewise.
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