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Downton Abbey

  • 2012
  • Season 2
  • 9 episodes
  • Drama
  • Romance

Summary

Carson is forced to accept female staff serving in the dining room and Downton Abbey is turned into a convalescent home to accommodate an influx of wounded soldiers.

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Episode 1: Downton Abbey

Summary

It is November 1916, and the family and servants are getting the house ready for a concert to raise funds to treat more casualties from the front. Bates returns from London with a proposal for Anna, while Isobel informs Robert and Cora that Matthew is engaged and wants to bring his fiancee to Downton. O'Brien plays a trick on new maid Ethel after taking an instant dislike to her. Costume drama, starring Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern

Review

Everyone: it’s going to be all right, nothing bad can happen now because Downton Abbey is back. We can all take refuge in a version of the past where everyone knew their place and was jolly well grateful for it, too.

As we return, Matthew Crawley is going through hell on the battlefields of the Great War (“When I think of my life in Downton it seems like another world”), while back home in Yorkshire the decent, honourable Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) wants to fight but can’t, even though he’s dressed for it as Lord Lieutenant. “I will be in uniform a lot of the time in future; the Lord Lieut is responsible for the army in the county while the war is on.” (As always, Julian Fellowes’ dialogue is packed with exposition).

Downton’s ladies are nursing broken hearts. Sybil sniffles at bad news and wonders, “Sometimes it feels that all the men I have danced with are dead.” Crikey, are you that bad a dancer, love? Adding a sliver of ice is the splendid Dowager (Maggie Smith), on fine form appraising a newcomer: “I suppose looks aren’t everything.”

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Details

Released on
2011-09-18
Languages
English
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

rolename
Violet, Dowager Countess of GranthamMaggie Smith
Robert, Earl of GranthamHugh Bonneville
Lady Sybil CrawleyJessica Brown Findlay
Lady Edith CrawleyLaura Carmichael
Mr CarsonJim Carter
John BatesBrendan Coyle
Lady Mary CrawleyMichelle Dockery
O'BrienSiobhan Finneran
AnnaJoanne Froggatt
WilliamThomas Howes
ThomasRob James-Collier
Mrs HughesPhyllis Logan
Cora, Countess of GranthamElizabeth McGovern
DaisySophie McShera
Mrs PatmoreLesley Nicol
EthelAmy Nuttall
Matthew CrawleyDan Stevens
Isobel CrawleyPenelope Wilton
MolesleyKevin Doyle
Tom BransonAllen Leech
Lavinia SwireZoe Boyle
Vera BatesMaria Doyle Kennedy
DavisStephen Ventura
GeneralJeremy Clyde
Dr ClarksonDavid Robb
Sgt StevensPeter McNeil O'Connor
Medical officerRichard Hansell
White feather girlGwendolen Chatfield
White feather girlRosie Jones
Stretcher bearerDanny Burns

Crew

rolename
WriterJulian Fellowes
Executive producerJulian Fellowes
DirectorAshley Pearce
ProducerLiz Trubridge
Executive producerGareth Neame
Executive producerRebecca Eaton

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  • Summary

    It is November 1916, and the family and servants are getting the house ready for a concert to raise funds to treat more casualties from the front. Bates returns from London with a proposal for Anna, while Isobel informs Robert and Cora that Matthew is engaged and wants to bring his fiancee to Downton. O'Brien plays a trick on new maid Ethel after taking an instant dislike to her. Costume drama, starring Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern

    Review

    Everyone: it’s going to be all right, nothing bad can happen now because Downton Abbey is back. We can all take refuge in a version of the past where everyone knew their place and was jolly well grateful for it, too.

    As we return, Matthew Crawley is going through hell on the battlefields of the Great War (“When I think of my life in Downton it seems like another world”), while back home in Yorkshire the decent, honourable Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) wants to fight but can’t, even though he’s dressed for it as Lord Lieutenant. “I will be in uniform a lot of the time in future; the Lord Lieut is responsible for the army in the county while the war is on.” (As always, Julian Fellowes’ dialogue is packed with exposition).

    Downton’s ladies are nursing broken hearts. Sybil sniffles at bad news and wonders, “Sometimes it feels that all the men I have danced with are dead.” Crikey, are you that bad a dancer, love? Adding a sliver of ice is the splendid Dowager (Maggie Smith), on fine form appraising a newcomer: “I suppose looks aren’t everything.”

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

    Streaming

    We may earn commission from links on this page. Our editorial is always independent (learn more)

    Details

    Released on
    2011-09-18
    Languages
    English
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Violet, Dowager Countess of GranthamMaggie Smith
    Robert, Earl of GranthamHugh Bonneville
    Lady Sybil CrawleyJessica Brown Findlay
    Lady Edith CrawleyLaura Carmichael
    Mr CarsonJim Carter
    John BatesBrendan Coyle
    Lady Mary CrawleyMichelle Dockery
    O'BrienSiobhan Finneran
    AnnaJoanne Froggatt
    WilliamThomas Howes
    ThomasRob James-Collier
    Mrs HughesPhyllis Logan
    Cora, Countess of GranthamElizabeth McGovern
    DaisySophie McShera
    Mrs PatmoreLesley Nicol
    EthelAmy Nuttall
    Matthew CrawleyDan Stevens
    Isobel CrawleyPenelope Wilton
    MolesleyKevin Doyle
    Tom BransonAllen Leech
    Lavinia SwireZoe Boyle
    Vera BatesMaria Doyle Kennedy
    DavisStephen Ventura
    GeneralJeremy Clyde
    Dr ClarksonDavid Robb
    Sgt StevensPeter McNeil O'Connor
    Medical officerRichard Hansell
    White feather girlGwendolen Chatfield
    White feather girlRosie Jones
    Stretcher bearerDanny Burns

    Crew

    rolename
    WriterJulian Fellowes
    Executive producerJulian Fellowes
    DirectorAshley Pearce
    ProducerLiz Trubridge
    Executive producerGareth Neame
    Executive producerRebecca Eaton
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