Set in England in the years leading up to the First World War, Downton Abbey tells the story of a complicated community. The house has been home to the Crawley family for many generations, but it is also where their servants live, and plan, and dream, and they are as fiercely jealous of their rank as anyone. Some of them are loyal to the family and committed to Downton as a way of life, others are moving through, on the look out for betterment or love or just adventure. The difference is that they know so many of the secrets of the family, while the family know so few of theirs. But for all the passions that rage beneath the surface, this is a secure world, serene and ordered, and, at first glance, it seems it will last forever. Little do they know, family or staff, that the clouds of the conflict that will change everything are already gathering over their heads.
This sumptuous costume drama, written and created by Academy Award™ winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, The Young Victoria) boasts an all-star cast featuring Hugh Bonneville (Lost in Austen), Maggie Smith (Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Harry Potter), Elizabeth McGovern (Clash of the Titans), Michelle Dockery (Cranford), Dan Stevens (Sense & Sensibility), Penelope Wilton (Dr Who, Pride & Prejudice), Jim Carter (Cranford), Phyllis Logan , Siobhan Finneran (Benidorm), Joanne Froggatt (Robin Hood), Rob James-Collier (Coronation Street) and Brendan Coyle (Lark Rise to Candleford). This prestigious ensemble brings the world of Downton to life with splendour and passion.
Awards for TV series
2012 Won – Golden Globe – Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
2012 Won – National Television Award, Most Popular Drama Series
2012 Won – Television Producer of the Year PGA Award in Longform
2012 Won – TRIC Award, TV Drama Programme of the Year
2011 Won – BAFTA TV Award, Best Director (Fiction/Entertainment), Best
2011 Nominated – BAFTA TV Award, Best Drama Series
2011 Won – Banff Rockie Award, Best Mini-Series
2011 Won – Broadcasting Press Guild Award, Best Drama Series
2011 Won – Emmy, Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special, Outstanding Miniseries or Made for Television Movie, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Maggie Smith, Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Julian Fellowes
2011 Won – TRIC Award, TV Drama Programme of the Year
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