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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04x09 The London Season Aired: Dec. 25, 2013

Summer 1923 The Crawleys are in London for Rose’s debutante ball. Cora’s mother, Martha Levinson and her brother Harold visit from the United …

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Sue Johnston To Guest Star On 'Downton Abbey'
Sue Johnston is set to guest star on the upcoming fifth season of ITV’s hit period drama Downton Abbey. Johnston, who is arguably best known for her role on the BBC comedy The Royle Family, will play Denker, Lady’s Maid to Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham. The award winner is the latest actor confirmed for a guest role on Downton Abbey, which returns for an 8 episode fifth season and a Christmas special later this year. Other guest stars lined up for season five include Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor and Rade Sherbedgia.

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  • Gillian Anderson reportedly turned down the part of Lady Grantham.
  • The real estate that "plays" Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, has been the home of the Carnarvon family since 1679. In 1922, George Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, co-discovered the Tomb…
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    The real estate that "plays" Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, has been the home of the Carnarvon family since 1679. In 1922, George Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, co-discovered the Tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. On the show, the names of the Earl of Grantham's beloved dogs, Isis and Pharaoh, are nods to the real castle's connection to Egyptian history.
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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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