The first two series of the award-winning ITV costume drama following the lives and loves of those above and below stairs in a stately home prior to the outbreak of World War One. The Grantham family, long time custodians of Downton Abbey, face a crisis when the heir to the estate dies on the Titanic. With his three daughters unable to inherit by law, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville), the current Earl of Grantham, must try and marry his eldest daughter off in order to obtain an heir. Meanwhile, the family's determination to cling to class and rank is mirrored in a number of growing rivalries between the servants which threaten to undermine the smooth running of the house. In series two, after the outbreak of WWI, Matthew (Dan Stevens) and Thomas (Rob James-Collier) are off fighting at the Somme, while both Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) and William (Thomas Howes) feel frustrated at being barred from taking part in the fighting. Meanwhile, Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) defies her aristocratic position and enlists in the Royal Army Nursing Corps, while Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) puts on a brave face when Matthew arrives home on leave with his future wife Lavinia Swire (Zoe Boyle) in tow.
Downton Abbey is an exciting period drama full of suspense, amazing costumes, cutting one-liners, and full of awesome sets.
The first series is set before the first world war, with the heir to the estate being thought dead on board the titanic. The new heir is a "middle class" working man to the constination of the family currently owning the entailed estate. What insues is that there is conflicts between classes, generations and members of the family, as well as in the servant courters.
Series Two follows the same main characters and is set during and after World War One. Because of the War, many characters develop inside and change their way of thinking.
During the two series, time and events allow for character development with secrets about certain characters being revealed and loose ends tied up. In this series there is an huge amount of detailing and the dialogue is stunning.