All seven episodes from the first series of the ITV costume drama following the lives and loves of those above and below stairs in a stately home prior to the outbreak of World War One. The Grantham family, long time custodians of Downton Abbey, face a crisis when the heir to the estate dies on the Titanic. With his three daughters unable to inherit by law, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville), the current Earl of Grantham, must try and marry his eldest daughter off in order to obtain an heir. Meanwhile, the family's determination to cling to class and rank is mirrored in a number of growing rivalries between the servants which threaten to undermine the smooth running of the house.
Loved the first season of Downton Abbey but was a bit disappointed that there were only 7 episodes. It finished just when it was getting good. Luckily the second season is now available on DVD so I'm off to get the second series.
If you liked Upstairs Downstairs you will most certainly be taken with Downton Abbey.Love affairs, pregnancies, scandals...it has it all. The gap between the upper and lower class is very obviously portrayed. The Granthams have lived at Downton Abbey for a long time and have been quite secure in the knowledge that their futures there have been secured. That is, until the unfortunate passing of the heir to the Abbey on the maiden voyage of the Titanic. This causes great problems and the gravy train suddenly stops as the daughters can't inherit the property . Marriage is the only solution but lots of obstacles are placed in the way.The servants have their fair share of problems too and at times it becomes very nasty. The first series of this excellent British show spans the years 1912-start of World War One.
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