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Series 1-Episode 1

Series 1-Episode 1

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Review

So here’s where it all began, with a slightly stodgy first episode from 2010 featuring lots of talk of wills and “entails”. But as well all know audiences around the world embraced Downton Abbey, making it one of the most-loved television dramas ever. Encore will repeat all six series.

As we meet the Crawley family for the first time, we learn of the death, on the Titanic, of Lord Grantham’s male heirs. He’s a desperate man with three lovely daughters to marry off to eligible men – or he risks losing everything.

There might be hope, though, in the handsome, down to earth form of Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens). Surely he’d make the imperious Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) a lovely husband?

Summary

First episode of the costume drama set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, written by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes. The lives of the Crawley family and Downton Abbey's servants are changed for ever when the sinking of the Titanic leaves the estate without its heir and his son. The arrival of a new valet shocks the staff, who scheme to make his stay as short-lived as possible. Starring Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern.

Cast & Crew

Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham Maggie Smith
Robert, Earl of Grantham Hugh Bonneville
Lady Sybil Crawley Jessica Brown Findlay
Lady Edith Crawley Laura Carmichael
Mr Carson Jim Carter
John Bates Brendan Coyle
Lady Mary Crawley Michelle Dockery
O'Brien Siobhan Finneran
Anna Joanne Froggatt
William Thomas Howes
Thomas Rob James-Collier
Gwen Rose Leslie
Mrs Hughes Phyllis Logan
Cora, Countess of Grantham Elizabeth McGovern
Daisy Sophie McShera
Mrs Patmore Lesley Nicol
Matthew Crawley Dan Stevens
Isobel Crawley Penelope Wilton
Duke of Crowborough Charlie Cox
George Murray Jonathan Coy
Taylor Lionel Guyett
Postmaster Jonathan Jaynes
Paperboy Perry Millward
Postmaster's wife Helen Sheals
Director Brian Percival
Executive Producer Gareth Neame
Executive Producer Julian Fellowes
Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton
Producer Nigel Marchant
Series Producer Liz Trubridge
Writer Julian Fellowes
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