Downton Abbey

Turn-of-the-century British series brings high drama, opulent setting to wider audience

The British are coming! Masterpiece Classic's Downton Abbey, the Golden Globe-winning period drama, has captivated viewers in the U.K. and made its way onto U.S. television screens in a most welcome invasion. The show, now in its second season, centers around two groups coexisting in the titular estate: the aristocratic Crawley family, with the dignified patriarch Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) at the helm; and the house staff, led by butler Charles Carson (Jim Carter).

Set in 1912, the first episode of the drama begins with the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic. Lord Grantham's closest male relative

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