14 Facts About Downton Abbey


Downton Abbey is a British-American historical period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece.

Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford and Deputy Lieutenant, is an English actor, novelist, film director and screenwriter, and a Conservative peer of the House of Lords.

Carnival Films is a British television production company based in London, UK, founded in 1978.

A historical period drama is a work of art set in, or reminiscent of, an earlier time period.

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It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2010, and on PBS in the United States on 9 January 2011 as part of the Masterpiece Classic anthology.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom or Britain, is a sovereign state in Europe.

The Public Broadcasting Service is an American public broadcaster and television program distributor.

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The series, set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey between 1912 and 1925, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants in the post-Edwardian era—with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy.

The Edwardian era or Edwardian period of British history covers the brief reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 1910, and is sometimes extended in both directions to capture long term trends from the 1890s to the First World War.

Yorkshire, formally known as the County of York, is a historic county of Northern England and the largest in the United Kingdom.

Aristocracy is a form of government that places power in the hands of a small, privileged ruling class.


Such events depicted throughout the series include news of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the first series; the outbreak of the First World War, the Spanish influenza pandemic, and the Marconi scandal in the second series; the Irish War of Independence leading to the formation of the Irish Free State in the third series; the Teapot Dome scandal in the fourth series; and the British general election of 1923, the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, and the Beer Hall Putsch in the fifth series.

The Beer Hall Putsch, also known as the Munich Putsch, and, in German, as the Hitlerputsch or Hitler-Ludendorff-Putsch, was a failed coup attempt by the Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler — along with Generalquartiermeister Erich Ludendorff and other Kampfbund leaders — to seize power in Munich, Bavaria, during 8–9 November 1923.

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, took place on 13 April 1919 when a crowd of nonviolent protesters, along with Baishakhi pilgrims, who had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab, were fired upon by troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer.

The Irish War of Independence or Anglo-Irish War was a guerrilla war fought from 1919 to 1921 between the Irish Republican Army and the British security forces in Ireland.


The final season introduces the rise of the working class during the interwar period and hints towards the eventual decline of the British aristocracy.

In the context of the history of the 20th century, the interwar period or "interbellum" was the period between the end of the First World War and the beginning of the Second World War, the period beginning with the Armistice of 11 November 1918 that concluded the First World War and the following Paris Peace Conference in 1919, and ending in September 1939 with the German invasion of Poland and the start of the Second World War.


Downton Abbey has received acclaim from television critics and won numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.

The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie is a retired category of Primetime Emmy Awards, given out to the best miniseries or television film between 2011 and 2013.

The Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television is one of the annual Golden Globe Awards given to the best miniseries or made-for-television film.


It was recognised by Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed English-language television series of 2011.

Guinness World Records, known from its inception in 1955 until 1998 as The Guinness Book of Records and in previous U.S. editions as The Guinness Book of World Records, is a reference book published annually, listing world records and national records, both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world.


It earned the most nominations of any international television series in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, with twenty-seven in total.

The Primetime Emmy Award is an American award bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in American primetime television programming.


It was the most watched television series on both ITV and PBS, and subsequently became the most successful British costume drama series since the 1981 television serial of Brideshead Revisited.


By the third series, it had become one of the most widely watched television drama shows in the world.


On 26 March 2015, Carnival Films and ITV announced that the sixth series would be the last.


It aired on ITV between 20 September 2015 and 8 November 2015.


The final episode, serving as the annual Christmas special, was broadcast on 25 December 2015.


Although there are no plans in place, there are strong rumours of a future film adaptation, with executive producer Gareth Neame saying that he was "very interested" and bookmakers Ladbrokes stating that "it only looks like being a matter of time before the film is released".

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