|Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Iain Glen, Jim Carter & others|
(Winner of 3 Emmy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress/Maggie Smith and nominated for 11 additional Emmy Awards) As the second season of Downton Abbey begins, the Great War rages across Europe, and the splendid Downton Abbey is not left untouched. Romance and heartbreak, scandal and rumors, blackmail and betrayal are all in play. The intertwined lives of the Crawleys and their servants are complicated by the storms of war, and when these have finally cleared, the family wonders if its way of life has not been changed forever.
This Emmy Award and Golden Globewinning series set in a country house beginning in the early 1900s was written and created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes and portrays the lives of the Crawley family—earls of Grantham since 1722—and the servants who work for them. Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, and Maggie Smith star as the Earl, Countess, and Dowager Countess, respectively, who inhabit the plush drawing rooms, library, and grand bedrooms overlooking the park. Below the stairs live the servants, some as committed to Downton as the aristocrats above; others are merely passing through, looking for opportunities, love, or adventure.