Downton Abbey is a British costume drama television series created and co-written by Julian Fellowes. The series set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey between 1912 and 1926 depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. The seriesfirst aired on ITV in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2010 and in the United States on PBS which supported production of the series as part of its Masterpiece Classic anthology on 9 January 2011.
The series became the most successful non-US drama in the history of American public television winning both popular and critical acclaim. It was recognised by Guinness World Records as the “most critically acclaimed English-language television series of 2011”. It earned a total of 69 Emmy nominations winning 15 as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film and a special BAFTA award. By the end of its sixth and final series the show had averaged around 11 million viewers per episode in the UK and 5.4 million in the US.
Downton Abbey’s appeal transcended the television screen and caused a renewed interest in British country houses and the British estate system itself. The series led to a number of spin-off books as well as other forms of merchandise. Several houses used in filming such as Highclere Castle Wrotham Park and Lyveden New Bield have reported an increase in visitors as a direct result of the show.
Downton Abbey was created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. The executive producers were Gareth Neame Liz Trubridge and Rebecca Eaton. Fellowes who wrote all the episodes has said that he sought to create a show that would appeal to both American and British audiences as he felt that there had been a lack of co-production between the two countries in recent years. The idea for the series arose out of a conversation Fellowes had with Carnival Films managing director Nigel Marchant who suggested that he write a period drama for television. Marchant told him that “Americans love upstairs-downstairs stuff” to which Fellowes replied that he “did not know anything about that world”.
Initially Fellowes was reluctant to take on the project as he was unfamiliar with the era depicted in the series. However he soon came to realise that there was much to be discovered about the period and he began to write the script for the first episode. The series was originally envisioned as a three-part drama but Fellowes soon realised that the material he had to work with would be sufficient for a much longer series.
The first episode of Downton Abbey was aired on 26 September 2010 in the UK on ITV and on 9 January 2011 in the US on PBS. The series proved to be a ratings success averaging around 11 million viewers per episode in the UK and 5.4 million in the US. In the US it was the most-watched drama series on television for the 2012–13 television season.
The series received critical acclaim with many critics lauding its writing acting and production values. It has been nominated for 69 Emmy Awards winning 15 as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film and a special BAFTA award. In 2012 Guinness World Records listed Downton Abbey as the “most critically acclaimed English-language television series of 2011”.
The success of the series has led to a number of spin-off books as well as other forms of merchandise. Several houses used in filming such as Highclere Castle Wrotham Park and Lyveden New Bield have reported an increase in visitors as a direct result of the show.
Is Downton Abbey a British historical drama television series?
Yes Downton Abbey is a British historical drama television series.
Who created Downton Abbey?
Julian Fellowes created Downton Abbey.
When did Downton Abbey first air?
Downton Abbey first aired on September 26 2010.
Where does Downton Abbey take place?
Downton Abbey is set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey.
Who are the main characters of Downton Abbey?
Lord Grantham Lady Grantham Lady Mary Lady Edith Lady Sybil Mr.
Bates Anna Mr.
Barrow Miss O’Brien Ivy Daisy Thomas and Mr.
Molesley are some of the main characters of Downton Abbey.
What is the Crawley family’s coat of arms?
Three silver lions on a red field.
What is the Crawley family’s motto?
“Honor de Crawley”
What is Lady Grantham’s maiden name?
How many seasons of Downton Abbey are there?
There are six seasons of Downton Abbey.
Who won the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film for Downton Abbey?
Julian Fellowes won the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film for Downton Abbey.
What is the name of the Downton Abbey movie?
The name of the Downton Abbey movie is Downton Abbey.
When was the Downton Abbey movie released?
The Downton Abbey movie was released on September 20 2019.
What is the name of the estate where Downton Abbey is filmed?
Highclere Castle is the name of the estate where Downton Abbey is filmed.
How many episodes are in Downton Abbey?
There are 52 episodes in Downton Abbey.
What is the highest-rated episode of Downton Abbey?
The highest-rated episode of Downton Abbey is “Episode 4.
8″ with a rating of 9.