Now I know what the fuss is all about Downtown Abbey -- it's excellent! If the Americans are loving any English-made production means that it is good. Do you remember Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter? She is one of the casting members.Watching this series makes me remember how hard it is for me to finish Hillary Mantel's Wolf Hall.
"Downton Abbey is a British television period drama series, produced by British media company Carnival Films for the ITVnetwork. The series is set on the fictional estate of Downton Abbey in North Yorkshire, and features an ensemble cast. It was created and principally written by actor and writer Julian Fellowes, and premiered on ITV on 26 September 2010.Reception of the programme was predominantly positive; ratings were extremely high for what is usually considered a "genre" show, and the first series picked up a number of awards and nominations after its initial run. It has subsequently become the most successful British costume drama since the 1981 television serial version of Brideshead Revisited, and in 2011 it entered theGuinness Book of World Records as the "most critically acclaimed English-language television show" for the year, becoming the first British show to be so recognised."
The series is set in the fictional Downton Abbey, the Yorkshire country house of theEarl and Countess of Grantham, and follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the reign of King George V. The first series spans two years before the Great War, beginning with news of the sinking of the Titanic, which sets the story in motion. The second series covers the years 1916 to 1919 and the 2011 Christmas Special December 1919 to January 1920.
The village of Bampton in Oxfordshire was used for filming outdoor scenes, most notably St Mary's Church and the library, which serves as the entrance to the cottage hospital. The North Yorkshire towns of Malton, Thirsk, Easingwold, Kirkby,Kirkbymoorside, Middlesbrough, Ripon, Richmond and York have been mentioned by characters in the series.
The first series cost an estimated £1 million per episode, and is the most successful British period drama since Brideshead Revisited, with ratings exceeding 10 million viewers. The series was well received in the United States, averaging more than six million viewers per episode.-The Chukai Insider