Creator: Julian Fellowes
Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern
The heirs of Downton Abbey has perished in the sinking of the Titanic, the Crawley family finds itself in a difficult situation: they must have a male heir. The three girls are not eligible of the inheritance. Matthew Crawley, a distant cousin, is the new heir. He arrives at Downton Abbey, where he discovered a new lifestyle for him, with strict rules that govern life between aristocrats and servants.
Here is a nice series but the story line is a little complex to follow and I don’t want to give anything away too much. You have Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) married Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) a filthy rich American woman. He did that because his family owns Downton Abbey, one of the great house of England, but had little money to maintain it. Marrying Cora assured a future for his family home. after all maintaining a house of this size cost a lot of money. He has 3 daughters available for marriage. The boyfriend of their eldest daughter, Mary (Michelle Dockery, Hanna), went down with the ship. This would be a problem because he was also Mary’s second cousin, and because he was male, also heir to Downton Abbey. Because of his death a distant cousin a lawyer in London becomes heir. The story is about this family and their servants. Of course when you are in a family of wealth there is subject of a lot of gossip on both sides family manners as wells servants and they added a few twist in there for the fun of it. The cinematography is great and beautiful and so is the costumes that are colorful. The designer of the sets has done a wonderful job here. It is an addictive show that is very well written as acted. Terrific cast, a joy and a change a pace to see such a show. A must see. a bit of a fact here as of 2013, Downton Abbey is the highest rated PBS “Masterpiece” drama series of all time, seen by an estimated 120 million viewers in 200 countries and regions.The series is filmed at Highclere Castle, set on 1,000 acres in West Berkshire–a landmark estate owned by the Carnarvon family since the late 17th century.