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Season 1: Unedited UK version. A stately country house, a noble family and a succession crisis are the backdrop for Downton Abbey, an Edwardian spellbinder by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park). The series that took the UK by storm, Downton Abbey stars Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern and a house full of revered actors in a production that brings a glittering bygone era to life.
Season 2: As the Great War rages across Europe, discord is sown even into the serene Yorkshire countryside. Simmering tensions behind the gates of Downton Abbey are beginning to come to a boil as the men and women of Downton do their part on both the front lines and the home front. What's more, the brutality and intensity of war seem to inflame more familiar passions—love, loss, blackmail, and betrayal—leaving family and staff alike to struggle in an ever-changing world, against a host of new demons. Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, and Elizabeth McGovern return to lead the stellar cast of familiar faces; and Maria Doyle Kennedy, Iain Glen, and Zoe Boyle arrive to add fresh intrigue to the second season of delicious, Emmy® Award-winning drama.
Season 3: Unedited UK edition. The Great War is over and the long-awaited engagement of Lady Mary and Matthew is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues,and personal crises grip the majestic English country estate for a third thrilling season. The all-star cast including Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess of Grantham, returns and welcomes guest star Academy Award®-winner Shirley MacLaine. Written and created by Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey is a Carnival Films and Masterpiece coproduction.
Season 4: Writer and creator Julian Fellowes brings back this most-watched drama in PBS history for its fourth gripping season. The acclaimed ensemble cast is led by Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, and Maggie Smith, along with returning guest star Shirley MacLaine and new guest star Paul Giamatti as Cora's playboy brother Harold.