The British drama was one of the most appreciated productions at last year’s Emmy ceremony. Moreover, the show got six awards out of the 11 nominations; therefore, “Downtown Abbey” season 2 will premiere Sunday, according to Reuters.
The first season lasted for seven episodes and it is now available on DVD and Netflix. The debut of the second season will take place on PBS, Sunday, so here are a few pieces of information you need to know to catch up with the serial.
If you thought the title of the movie was misspelled, you were wrong; the correct name is ‘Downton’, not ‘Downtown’. The title denominates the fictional North Yorkshire estate where the wealthy Crawley family and their servants live.
The action of the series is set in April 1912 around the sinking of the Titanic. The wealthy family is itself affected by the tragedy because their oldest daughter, Mary, was supposed to marry her cousin who died during the incident. The conventional marriage would have saved the Crawleys from bankruptcy.
The first season ended with the declaration of World War I which will be continued in season two, as well. Downton Abbey is no longer an estate, but a recovery center for wounded soldiers. Countess Cora is upset that she is no longer in control of her own house, whereas Earl Robert would like to enroll in the army, but he is too old to bring his contribution to the country.
Judging by the information provided so far, viewers may be tempted to think that the British production is nothing but a regular soap opera. However, there are many humorous elements in the series. Mary Crawley, for instance, the unmarried daughter provides all the humor because she gets romantically involved with some of the soldiers that come to Abbey. She even loses her virginity to a stranger who dies in her bed, thus forcing the entire family to carry the man out of her bed, so people won’t find out that she had been seduced.
Julian Fellowes is the producer of the series. He has also written the Oscar-winning drama “Gosford Park”. “Downton Abbey” was inspired by the book “The World of Downton Abbey” which was written by Julian’s niece, Jessica Fellowes.