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Downton Abbey 8 Seasons 2010

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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 afood at Downton - change for surpassing the new electric lights and telephone. A crisis of inheritance threatens to displace the resident Crawley family.

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Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael

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Season 1
1. Episode 1

New series set in Edwardian Country House in 1912 following the lives of the Crawley family and their servants. The sinking of the Titanic leaves Downton Abbey's future in jeopardy.

UNIVERSAL Subtitles Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: 1 January 2010
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2. Episode 2

Everyone is anxious at the arrival of Matthew Crawley, their heir presumptive, and his mother, Isobel. Matthew encounters problems settling in to this new life whilst Isobel and Violet are immediately at daggers drawn.

UNIVERSAL Subtitles Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: 1 January 2010
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3. Episode 3

Mary is instantly attracted to handsome Turkish attache, Kemal Pamuk. However, their romance is cut brutally short, sending ripples of unease through the house. No one is more interested than O'Brien in Pamuk's movement.

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4. Episode 4

The fair arrives in the village and Mrs Hughes finds herself the centre of speculation when she meets former suitor who makes her question her position at Downton. Violet and Isolbel are in conflict over a medical aliment affecting Molesley.

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5. Episode 5

The village is preparing for its annual flower show. Isobel and Violet are in conflict over Violet's long-held Best Bloom title. Mary is introduced to a potential suitor, Sir Anthony Strallan, yet she appears to be more interested in Matthew.

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6. Episode 6

Sybil's political aspirations land her in trouble. Matthew and Mary's relationship takes an unexpected twist whilst the question of the wine thief is brought to a head with a shocking revelation by Bates. Edith may have found an admirer at last.

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7. Episode 7

Cora's news throws Matthew's future into jeopardy and makes Mary question their proposal. Thomas finds a new future for himself and so does Gwen. But Mary, by her lack of decision, may have lost hers. A grand garden party at Downton brings events to a head.

UNIVERSAL Subtitles Runtime: 1 hour, 3 minutes Release date: 1 January 2010
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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Brian Percival, Brian Kelly
Starring Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael
Supporting actors Jim Carter
Season year 2010
Network NBC
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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ITV have excelled themselves with such a lavish drama and stellar cast. Dame Maggie Smith delivers her lines with such character and timing, she simply has you in fits of laughter. You come to expect the BBC to produce the goods when it comes to period drama, but ITV have shown they are more than capable and each episode of Downton leaves you wanting more. I truly hope BAFTA recognise the drama as it deserves to win plenty of awards. Anyone who hasn't seen it yet should make every effort to asap as they won't be disappointed - I can't wait for the second series!
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Normally the BBC are the ones for drama but ITV have proved themselves more than capable!!!! Julian Fellowes has done a fantastic job portraying an aristocratic family in the early twentieth century. The plots are well balanced and intriguing, and he makes sure to include the below-stairs as well as the up-stairs supported by a brilliant cast, including the legendary, Dame Maggie Smith. In conclusion, this drama is the creme de la creme and definitely deserves a second series!
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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Nov. 2010
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Two telegrams, both with devastating news: the loss of the Titanic; the outbreak of war. In between, over six hours of viewing that exhilarates.

Downton Abbey is the star, virtually a character in its own right. It contains two communities, each reliant on the other. Already the new century is beginning to threaten what both hold most dear.

Upstairs and down, everything rings true - a bygone age lovingly recreated. This is Julian Fellowes' brainchild, he deserving most credit, but praise goes to all who converged to create something extra special.

Dame Maggie Smith dominates but does not eclipse. Hugh Bonneville impresses as the enlightened Earl. Below stairs, Jim Carter is awesomely aloof butler Carson (with a secret that stuns), Brendan Coyle moving as the new valet with a limp and a troubled past. Lady's maid O'Brien and footman Thomas are enjoyably horrible, the one regret in the series that nice footman William did not give Thomas a far heftier thump.

Throughout there are lines to savour, especially from the Dowager Duchess. About the recently drowned heir: "He was too much like his mother and a nastier woman never drew breath." Recoiling from newly installed electric lights: "I feel I am on stage at the Gaiety." Disconcerted by a swivel chair but declining a replacement: "No, no - I am a good sailor."

Here is a production so full of fine things, one can only applaud - delight increased by news there will be a second season.

(Bonuses include two commentaries and behind the scenes features. Thank you to whoever removed those irritating pre-credits trailers. If only this could be done for all similarly afflicted television series when transferred to DVD!)

Wholeheartedly recommended, but by now you will have gathered that.
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Having just got round to watching this DVD, I seem to remember the original TV transmission of episode three had a much more dramatic scene when Kemal rebukes advances made by Thomas. The DVD version seems to have edited this scene, which affects the impact of the whole story line. Maybe this was done to allow a lower age limit for DVD sales. If this is the case I would like to have known there were revised or edited scenes before making purchase.
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I have thus far followed the series on television. I find it extremely watchable and will be champing at the bit for the second series. An absolute diamond cast and quality acting from all. Well done Julian Fellowes for writing such a wonderful entertaining drama. It is certainly up there with the best of them.
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Set a couple of years before World War 1, the inheritance uncertain lineage for the future of Downton Abbey is compromised by the loss of two heirs to the son less Lord Grantham as a result of the sinking of the Titanic. A hitherto long lost cousin from Manchester steps in. Lord Grantham accepts him but will is eldest daughter, whom the rest of the family would ideally like to see her marry the new heir.
The series presents the upstairs and downstairs lives of the residents of the Abbey. The main concerns of the his lordships family are that of securing continuity and the future of the Abbey. The servants are concerned with serving the family with some competing for position.
There series is not over sensationalised and does contain some humour that is at a level fit for the setting and the period which was a time when people knew what was expected of them and respected that.
But trouble is on the horizon, women are campaigning for the vote and World War 1 is declared. On top if this technology is advancing with the introduction of the telephone, so the subsequent series will develop the theme of the ever increasing pace of change.
It is hugely enjoyable watch and apparently the weather was always sunny back then.
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I started to watch this on TV but quickly got very frustrated by the amount of adverts. I appreciate that commercial television needs the advertising revenue to exist but I prefer to watch without interuption. In the case of Downton Abbey I was able to watch the complete series over two evenings. Costumes great, acting superb. This gives a good insite into the world of private service at the beginning of the twentieth century.
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