Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 4
Studio: Universal Pictures UK
DVD Release Date: 7 Nov 2011
The first series of hit television drama Downtown Abbey was set after the sinking of the Titanic when both the heir to the Grantham Estate and the current Earl’s daughter were both killed. The series follows Lady Mary and her somewhat troubled love life as she tries to find herself a suitable husband. Series two takes place some years later beginning with the Battle of Somme in 1916 and continues to the Spanish flu pandemic of 1919. Characters struggle with their views on the war, whether or not they want to fight and what they should and should not be doing to aid in the war effort as aristocrats. A Christmas Special also aired in 2011. This single episode took place between Christmas in 1919 and the beginning of 1920 and saw Mr. Bates convicted of murder, as well as Lady Mary jilting one fiancé for another.
Downtown Abbey has had two series and a Christmas special air, with a third series currently in the works and scheduled for a September 2012 air date. Series one began with the Crawley family as they struggled to find a way to keep Downtown Abbey, their estate, afloat and in the family upon the death of the heir and current Earl’s daughter’s deaths upon the sinking of the Titanic. We continue following Lady Mary and her troubles with love as she seeks for a suitable husband.
Series two begins during the first world war at the time of the Battle of Somme in 1916, continuing on to the 1919 Spanish Flu Pandemic. During this time we see characters struggle with their place and the war, following pain themes of death, redemption and social equality. Series two also saw an increase of cast with actors and actresses such as Ian Flen, Amy Nuttall, Cal Macaninch, Zoe Boyle and Maria Doyle Kennedy joining the cast from series one.
The Christmas Day Special of 2011 saw the return of many of the regular cast members for this one episode special. In the episode Mr. Bates was convicted on the murder of Vera, his ex-wife. The love life of Lady Mary continues for a surprising twist as she leaves her fiancé and accepts a marriage proposal from Matthew Crawley.