A new addictive drama series is about to hit our screens and did I mention it’s addictive?Â Downton Abbey is a costume drama series written and created by Oscar winning writer Julian Fellowes and stars Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham and Elizabeth McGovern as Robert\’s wife, Cora, Countess of Grantham and their three daughters; Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery); Lady Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael) and Lady Sybil Crawley (Jessica Brown Findlay).
“The sun is rising behind Downton Abbey, a great and splendid house in a great and splendid park. So secure does it appear, that it seems as if the way of life it represents will last for another thousand years. It won\’t.”
Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey portrays the lives of the Crawley family, who have been the Earls of Grantham since 1772, and the servants who work for them.Â Â In the drawing rooms and library and beautiful bedrooms, with their tall windows looking across the park, lives the family, but below stairs are other residents, the servants, as fiercely possessive of their ranks as anyone above. Some of them are loyal to the family and are committed to Downton as a way of life, others are moving through, on the look out for new opportunities or love or just adventure. The difference being that they know so many of the secrets of the family, while the family knows so few of theirs.
“In 1912, England was teetering on the brink. Apparently placid, still rooted in the traditions of many centuries, it would be less than ten years before the First World War and the Jazz Age had ripped every certainty to shreds. This is the moment when we enter the world of Downton Abbey, the great house of a great family, where the Granthams and their daughters preside over a household in the charge of Carson, the butler, and Mrs Hughes, the housekeeper.All these people must, in their different ways, deal with the changes that are coming.
Watch the trailer:
We will have our review up later in the week, but seriously take my word for it, it’s addictive and you are going to love it!
Premieres this Sunday, May 29th, Channel 7 at 8.30pm … be warned they will run over!
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