Heute Abend startet im britischen Fernsehen die Serie Downtown Abbey. Erzählt wird die Geschichte der Familie Crawley und ihrer Angestellten im Jahr 1912. Weitere Informationen gibt es in der ausführlichen Pressemeldung und auf den Seiten Enchanted Serenity of Period Films sowie der Unofficial Fansite.
“In 1912, England was teetering on the brink. Apparently placid, still rooted in the traditions of many centuries, it would be less than ten years before the First World War and the Jazz Age had ripped every certainty to shreds. This is the moment when we enter the world of Downton Abbey, the great house of a great family, where the Granthams and their daughters preside over a household in the charge of Carson,the butler, and Mrs Hughes, the housekeeper. All these people must, in their different ways, deal with the changes that are coming. The cast, led by Maggie Smith as the Dowager, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern as the Earl and Countess of Grantham, Dan Stevens and Penelope Wilton as the unwanted heir and his mother, and a staff led by Jim Carter as Carson, and Phyllis Logan as Mrs Hughes, will bring the halls and passages of Downton to life, with splendour, discipline and passion.” Julian Fellowes Laura Mackie, Director of Drama, ITV said: “We’re delighted with the stellar cast who have come together for Downton Abbey. It’s testament to the quality of Julian’s wonderful scripts and the calibre of the production team that some of the brightest and best of the UK’s leading actors are onboard.”