The Downton Abbey estate stands a splendid example of confidence and mettle, its family enduring for generations and its staff a well-oiled machine of propriety. But change is afoot at Downton — change far surpassing the new electric lights and telephone. A crisis of inheritance threatens to displace the resident Crawley family, in spite of the best efforts of the noble and compassionate Earl, Robert Crawley ; his American heiress wife, Cora his comically implacable, opinionated mother, Violet and his beautiful, eldest daughter, Mary, intent on charting her own course. Reluctantly, the family is forced to welcome its heir apparent, the self-made and proudly modern Matthew Crawley himself none too happy about the new arrangements. As Matthew's bristly relationship with Mary begins to crackle with electricity, hope for the future of Downton's dynasty takes shape. But when petty jealousies and ambitions grow among the family and the staff, scheming and secrets — both delicious and dangerous — threaten to derail the scramble to preserve Downton Abbey. Created and written by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey offers a spot-on portrait of a vanishing way of life.

Cast: Charles Carson - Jim Carter; Elsie Hughes - Phyllis Logan; Thomas Barrow - Rob James Collier; Lady Mary Crawley - Michelle Dockery; Lady Edith Crawley - Laura Carmichael; Daisy Robinson - Sophie McShera; Beryl Patmore - Lesley Nicol; Isobel Crawley - Penelope Wilton; John Bates - Brendan Coyle; Tom Branson - Allen Leech; Joseph Molesley - Kevin Doyle; Dr. Richard Clarkson - David Robb; Sarah O'Brien - Siobhan Finneran; Matthew Crawley - Dan Stevens; Anna Smith - Joanne Froggatt; Lady Sybil Crawley - Jessica Brown Findlay; Jimmy Kent - Edward Speleers; Lady Rose MacClare - Lily James; Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham - Elizabeth McGovern; Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham - Hugh Bonneville; Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham - Maggie Smith; Alfred Nugent - Matt Milne; Ethel Parks - Amy Nuttall; Anthony Gillingham - Tom Cullen; Ivy Stuart - Cara Theobold; William Mason - Thomas Howes; Charles Blake - Julian Ovenden; Phyllis Baxter - Raquel Cassidy; Gwen Dawson - Rose Leslie; Henry Talbot - Matthew Goode;

Network: ITV (United Kingdom)
Premiered: 26.September.2010
Status: Ended