Actors: Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Dan Stevens
Format: Subtitled, PAL
Number of discs: 3
Studio: Universal Pictures UK
DVD Release Date: 8 Nov 2010
Downtown Abbey, first premiering on ITV September 26, 2010, was created and written by actor/writer Julian Fellowes. It story is set in Downtown Abbey, a fictional Yorkshire country house belonging to the Earl and Countess of Grantham. The first series covers the two year prior to World War I following the lives of the Crawley family and their servants, with the second series covering 1916 to 1919. Downtown Abbey is a hugely popular British television drama series which has won great acclaim and several awards and nominations. It has been included in the Guinness Book of World Records and has British ratings over 10 million viewers and 6 million viewers in the United States.
Downtown Abbey is a historical drama series which first aired in Britain on ITV on September 26, 2010. The show was created and written by writer and actor Julian Fellowes. The series follows the lives of the Crawley family as well as their servants at the country home of Downtown Abbey in North Yorkshire. The estate is fiction, but the setting is very real, the first series being set on the eve of World War I and the sinking of the Titanic. The second series spans the years 1916 to 1919.
Unlike many other shows considered ‘genre’ works, Downtown Abbey has achieved critical acclaim and high ratings. Downtown Abbey is the most successful British costume drama since the TV serial version of Brideshead Revisited. In 2011 Downtown Abbey was included in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most critically acclaimed television show of the year. Downtown Abbey was the first British television show to be recognized with such an honor.
The estimated £1 Million an episode was well spent, with viewers of 10 million in Britain and 6 million in the United States. A third series has been commissioned, confirmed by ITV in November of 2011, and is set to broadcast sometime in September of 2012.