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A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

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 Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Lady Edith Crawley (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Charles Carson (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 John Bates (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Lady Mary Crawley (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Anna Bates / ... (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Thomas Barrow (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Mrs. Hughes (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Daisy Mason / ... (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Mrs. Patmore (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Isobel Crawley (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Joseph Molesley (46 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Tom Branson (45 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Dr. Clarkson (34 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Sarah O'Brien (25 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Matthew Crawley (25 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Baxter (23 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Lady Rose MacClare (21 episodes, 2012-2015)
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Lord Grantham sees his family heritage, especially the grand country home Downton Abbey, as his mission in life. The death of his heir aboard the Titanic means distant cousin Matthew Crawley, a Manchester lawyer, suddenly is next in line and accepts moving onto the vast estate with his even more modernist, socially engaged mother, who clashes with his lordship's domineering, conservative mother, the dowager countess. Marrying off the daughters is another concern. Meanwhile, the butler presides over a staff which serves the family, but also lead most of their entire lives in the servants' quarters, intriguing amongst themselves. Written by KGF Vissers

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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. The word "boyfriend" was wrongly thought to be an anachronism when it first 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". See more »

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Robert and Cora Crawley both have blue eyes, but their daughters Mary and Edith have brown eyes. While it's not very common, two blue-eyed parents can produce brown-eyed children. Eye color is a complex trait that depends on the state of several interacting genes. The OCA2 gene on chromosome 15, which usually determines eye color, comes in different strengths. A person with a weak form of the gene will have blue eyes, and a person with a strong form will have brown eyes. Individuals also have other eye-color genes. For example, if one of these lesser genes is strong, it can make the weak form (blue) of OCA2 work much more effectively. Depending on the interactions of other genes, the resulting eye color can be any shade of brown, hazel, green or blue. See more »

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O Mio Babbino Caro
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Written by Giacomo Puccini
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Enjoyable
9 October 2010 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

For me at least Downton Abbey was elegant, controlled and subtly witty. The scenery, of course, is very good. (anyone interested can find short interviews with actor Hugh Bonneville and writer Julian Fellowes via youtube and be infected with their enthusiasm as well as getting an explanation, if you need one, of the setting) The house is suitably dramatic and the fabrics, the costumes, the camera shots of ringing bells and curious meal courses in the form of fences of asparagus, the morning light, or lit windows across the lawn, and the smooth work of all the actors make it something to watch and be both interested and relaxed. There is just enough drama and just enough calm, nothing seems overdone, and (after two episodes) the characters, as it switches between moments of their various days, are none of them an unwelcome change from the view of the last. It is a costume drama but 1912 after all was just as real as 2010 and it is, quite separate from costumes, about people, several different people, house workers and owners, their motives, their histories, pain, relationships, scheming allegiances, awkwardness or ease, old ways and the coming of those things we now call modern… electric lights, the middle class…Enjoyable so far. However, if you find these things dull, if you need constant shocks, use the word inoffensive as an insult or dislike all period dramas, scenery or rich people…stay away. It's not hard to do.


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