Downton Abbey

Tuesday, 25 December 2012, 8:45PM – 10:45PM

The family receive a warm welcome at Duneagle Castle, visiting Rose and her parents in the Highlands. But there is no disguising the tensions between their hosts.

Carson is determined to keep the servants back at Downton working hard, but with a country fair coming up, will some be tempted to push their luck?

Could romance be on the cards for Mrs Patmore?

Sunday, 4 November 2012, 9:00PM – 10:30PM

There is excitement in the house and village as the annual cricket match approaches, and it brings out Robert’s competitive side.

As Violet’s great niece Rose arrives, a trip to London reveals there is more to her than meets the eye.

Thomas’s future is in Carson’s hands, but Bates may be an unlikely ally.

What secrets are Mary and Matthew holding back from each other?

Sunday, 21 October 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Tempers fray as Isobel’s kind gesture backfires.

Branson’s decisions are put under scrutiny, but Mary fights his corner.

Robert and Cora’s relationship suffers, can Violet make them see things differently?

As Bates’s chance of freedom slips away he goes to extreme lengths.

Sunday, 14 October 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

An exciting offer for Edith divides opinion.

Isobel throws Ethel a lifeline.

New maid Ivy is attracting attention below stairs, and Alfred’s interest in particular is resented by Daisy.

Anna’s perseverance finally pays off. Matthew’s concerns about the estate grow but are his protests falling on deaf ears?

Sunday, 7 October 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Branson’s political views land him in hot water, and Sybil’s loyalty is tested to the limit.

Ethel is torn between head and heart as she makes a difficult decision about her son’s future.

Anna is dispirited at Bates’s silence, what could be the cause?

Carson begins recruiting a footman, and good-looking candidate Jimmy sparks immediate interest below stairs.

Sunday, 30 September 2012, 9:00PM – 10:05PM

Edith’s big day finally arrives. Will her enthusiasm finally convince
the family that Strallan’s age does not matter?

It’s the end of the line for Downton’s finances and Mary takes matters into her own hands, but the personal price could be high.

Mrs Hughes anxiously awaits her results and Anna makes a breakthrough to help Bates. Is O’Brien moving on?

Sunday, 23 September 2012, 9:00PM – 10:05PM

The future of Downton hangs precariously in the balance. In the hope of financial rescue from her American grandmother Mary and Violet conspire to make sure Downton puts on a bigger show than ever before with a grand party for friends and neighbours. Mrs Hughes faces some worrying personal news, and O’Brien’s efforts to accelerate Alfred’s progress rankle with Thomas.

Sunday, 25 December 2011, 9:00PM – 11:00PM

Christmas 1919. Downton Abbey is hosting a lavish Christmas party, yet despite being the season of goodwill, tensions are rife and Bates’s arrest has cast a shadow over the festivities. 

Will he be a condemned man or will he be found innocent in time to dance with his new wife at the annual servants’ ball? 

Mary has to consider her future with Sir Richard Carlisle following a contretemps at the shooting party and Violet has concerns about Rosamund, whose new suitor – the dashing but raffish Lord Hepworth, is not all he seems. 

Wednesday, 21 December 2011, 7:30PM – 8:30PM

Downton Abbey is THE hit drama series of the moment. It is the highest rating drama on British television for a decade. The fantastic scripts, great characters played by great actors and fabulous locations have made it event television. Following on from the second series and ahead of the Downton Abbey two hour episode on Christmas Day, its cast and creators will tell the story of the show from the inside in Downton Abbey: The Story by the Stars. 

The actors talk exclusively about their characters and the gripping storylines across both series. They provide a real insight into the romance and conflict portrayed in the series, how they interact with each other and how they feel filming the crucial scenes for their character. 

There will be behind the scenes footage at all the key locations, including the historic Ealing Studios in London where all the ‘below’ scenes are shot, the fabulous Highclere Castle in Berkshire, the site of most of the ‘above stairs scenes’, and the show is on location for the dramatic opening scene of the second series, set during the 

Battle of the Somme and shot on location near Ipswich.

ITV announces the commission of eight new episodes of the immensely successful Downton Abbey written and created by Julian Fellowes.

Audience figures for the second series have increased by over 21 percent on the first series with a consolidated average of 11.5 million viewers watching the first six episodes of this current series – making it the most popular drama series on UK television for over 10 years.

The new series will be set in 1920 and 1921, and the drama will cover a period of 18 months in the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them.

The globally successful series, produced by Carnival Films, a division of NBCUniversal International Television Production, debuted on ITV1 in September 2010.  Since then the country has been gripped by the storylines that saw Downton at war during the second series and the house consumed by the Spanish flu pandemic of 1919. 

After 15 episodes and with a Christmas special episode to look forward to on ITV1 in December 2011, the nation remains obsessed and riveted by Downton Abbey.

The cast returning will include amongst others Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Penelope Wilton, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Jessica Findlay Brown, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Rob James-Collier, Siobhan Finneran, Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle, Allen Leech and Amy Nuttall.

The third series will be written once again by Oscar and Emmy award winner Julian Fellowes.  The Carnival Films produced series will be executive produced by Gareth Neame, the Managing Director of Carnival Films, together with Julian Fellowes.   Liz Trubridge will produce the series for a third time.

The new series has been commissioned by ITV’s Director of Drama Commissioning Laura Mackie and Controller of Drama Commissioning Sally Haynes. 

“We’re absolutely delighted to be bringing Downton Abbey back for a third series, as we follow the inhabitants of Downton as they move into the roaring 20’s.  It’s rare to find a drama that the audience connects with so strongly and we’re extremely proud to have commissioned a series that has become such a phenomenon,” Said Laura.

Carnival’s Managing Director Gareth Neame responded:

“Downton Abbey has become a huge hit worldwide, sold to over 200 territories and with accolades such as 6 Primetime Emmys and The Guinness World Record.  The current series has built on the first with an audience increase of over 21 percent.  Julian has created a fantastic ensemble of characters, with a myriad of stories which are dramatic, romantic and comedic all centred around the environment that is Downton. We could not be more excited to invite audiences back to Downton next year.”

Downton Abbey’s writer and creator Julian Fellowes said:

“I am extremely grateful to ITV for this.  I have grown very fond of my Downton family and I certainly do not want to say goodbye to them quite yet.”

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