• Synopsis
  • Reviews
  • Awards
  • Credits
  • Synopsis

    The second series of Downton Abbey, Carnival Films’ immensely popular period drama, begins with a bang. Even before the title sequence of the first episode, we are plunged into the muddy hell of the Battle of the Somme.

    Matthew Crawley, the heir to Lord Grantham at Downton, is now an officer fighting on the Western Front. It is quite a contrast to the beautifully manicured gardens, exquisite outfits and even more exquisite manners of the first series.

    Soon, however, the War enters the doors of Downton Abbey. The stately home is converted into a convalescent hospital for wounded officers, and everyone, both upstairs and down, has to play their part in the War effort. This backdrop immediately raises the stakes and invests proceedings with an inevitable poignancy. Almost a century after it happened, that most cataclysmic of wars continues to haunt. The delicacy of this finely executed period drama is all about what is not said and what lies under the surface. A remedy for the naked exhibitionism of today’s world.

  • Reviews

    The Great War is looking like it’s going to cast a very serious pall indeed over Downton Abbey, as of course it must. And Fellowes’s decision to concentrate on those at home rather than the soldiers at the front is proving an excellent one, giving the viewer some genuine insight into the helpless anxiety of those who were left behind . . . Iain Glen, who plays Sir Richard Carlisle (Lady Mary’s new beau), is a subtle, clever actor, and can do nasty with the best of them when the moment truly requires it.

    The Independent

    Pure Class from top to toe.

    Time Out

    Sumptuous. Instantly riveting.

    The Telegraph

  • Awards

    Downton Abbey entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘most critically acclaimed television show’ of the year, becoming the first British show to win the award.

    The series has won or been nominated in all the major TV awards both sides of the Atlantic including:

    • BAFTA Best Drama Series
    • Emmy for Outstanding Mini-Series
    • Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series

    2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards:

    • Won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
  • Credits

    Hugh Bonneville
    Robert Crawley
    Michelle Dockery
    Lady Mary Crawley
    Maggie Smith
    Violet Crawley
    Dan Stevens
    Matthew Crawley
    Elizabeth McGovern
    Cora Crawley
    Laura Carmichael
    Lady Edith Crawley
    Penelope Wilton
    Isobel Crawley
    Jessica Brown Findlay
    Lady Sybil Crawley
    Jim Carter
    Mr. Carson
    Brendan Coyle
    John Bates
    Siobhan Finneran
    Sarah O’Brien
    Joanne Froggatt
    Anna Smith
    Rob James-Collier
    Thomas Barrow
    Phyllis Logan
    Mrs. Hughes
    Sophie McShera
    Daisy Robinson
    Lesley Nicol
    Mrs. Patmore
    Thomas Howes
    William Mason
    Allen Leech
    Tom Branson
    David Robb
    Dr. Clarkson
    Iain Glen
    Sir Richard Carlisle
    Kevin Doyle
    Joseph Molesley
    Amy Nuttall
    Ethel Parks
    Rose Leslie
    Gwen Dawson
    Zoe Boyle
    Lavinia Swire
    Robert Bathurst
    Sir Anthony Strallan
    Samantha Bond
    Lady Rosamund Painswick
    Clare Calbraith
    Jane Moorsum
    Lionel Guyett
    Paul Copley
    Mr. Mason
    Daniel Pirrie
    Major Charles Bryant
    Jonathan Coy
    George Murray
    Michael Cochrane
    Reverend Travis
    Christine Lohr
    Mrs. Bird
    Maria Doyle Kennedy
    Vera Bates
    Julian Fellows
    Liz Trubridge
    Gareth Neame
    Exec Producer
    Brian Percival & Various