With the festive finale just days away can Mary and Edith make amends? Can Henry put the past behind him?

Viewers were critical of the number of advertisement breaks during the first episode (five in a 90-minute episode, as well as one before and one after), claiming it ruined the continuity. ITV responded by saying that the number of breaks complied with Ofcom regulations and that advertising was necessary to cover the high costs of production.[68]

The series first aired on the ITV network in the United Kingdom beginning on 26 September 2010, and received its first Britain-wide broadcast when shown on ITV3 beginning in February 2011.

In 2014, China's first school for butlers opened to meet a demand again attributed to the influence of Downton Abbey.[108]

Parts of series 4 were filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Kent – The Tarred Yarn Store was used in episode one as a workhouse where Mrs Hughes (Phyllis Logan) visits Mr Grigg (Nicky Henson) and in episode two, streets at The Historic Dockyard Chatham were used for the scenes where Lady Rose MacClare (Lily James) is at the market with James Kent (Ed Speleers) watching her.[26]

Fellowes and other co-workers on Downton Abbey have indicated in April 2016 an openness to consider possibilities for a feature film production of the television series after the completion of its final season in 2015.[121]

The character of the Earl of Grantham occasionally expresses anti-Catholic views and is described, by The Washington Post, as "xenophobic" but "at least historically accurate".[95]

Greys Court near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire was used as the family's secondary property, which they proposed moving into and calling "Downton Place" due to financial difficulties in Series Three. Also in the third series, Bates's prison scenes were filmed at Lincoln Castle in Lincolnshire.

Downton Abbey has been credited with spawning a massive worldwide increase in demand for professionally trained butlers, especially British butlers, notably in China, Russia, and parts of the Middle East. Between 2010 and 2012, demand was thought to have doubled, leading to some butlers fetching salaries as high as £150,000.[107]

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Outdoor scenes are filmed in the village of Bampton in Oxfordshire. Notable locations include St Mary's the Virgin Church and the library, which served as the entrance to the cottage hospital.[13] The old rectory in Bampton is used for exterior shots of Isobel Crawley's house, with interior scenes filmed at Hall Place near Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire.[14]

We supply our beers at a fair and reasonable price to the trade and public.

Get ready to pat away those tears with a delicate handkerchief.

All of these raw materials make us a remarkably versatile brewery, capable of creating beers to delight any drinker including bespoke beers for events and businesses.

Horsted Keynes railway station in Sussex is used as Downton station.[23] The station is part of the heritage Bluebell Railway. St Pancras station in London doubled for King's Cross station in episode one of series 4, in the scene where Lady Edith Crawley meets her lover Michael Gregson.[24] The restaurant scene where Lady Edith meets Michael Gregson and where they share their kiss is filmed at the Criterion Restaurant in Piccadilly Circus which was originally opened in 1874.[25]

Many historical locations and aristocratic mansions have been used to film various scenes:

The Downton philosophy is simple: no matter what the request, Downton will deliver. Keeping to this principle has seen the business win and maintain long-term contracts with major global companies and achieve consistent, significant growth for over a decade.

Thirsty Thursday ClubLast Thursday of every month from 6 pm to 9 pm the brewery will be open for tours and to showcase the new month special, plus 6 other ales. Free entry, £2.00 pints. 

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Watch an emotional preview of the very last episode and see if you can pick up any clues as to what lies in store for the family and their staff. Which loose ends will be tied up and who will be getting their happy ever afters?

In the UK, the second episode attracted an average of 9.6 million viewers.[82]

Lady Carnarvon shares life behind the scenes

Hall Barn in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, featured as Loxley House, the home of Sir Anthony Strallan.[citation needed]

The interior is just as it is in Downton Abbey and I loved it. I will certainly return when I next go to England from Australia.

And the ancient tomb of Tutankhamun.

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The rights to broadcast Downton Abbey have been acquired in over 220 countries and territories, and the series is viewed by a global audience of an estimated 120 million people.[36]


Joy, merriment and the occasional scandal. No one does Christmas like Downton!

The World of Downton Abbey, a book featuring a behind-the-scenes look at Downton Abbey and the era in which it is set, was released on 15 September 2011. It was written by Jessica Fellowes (the niece of Julian Fellowes) and was published by HarperCollins.[106][115]

Special Tours are now available on seven afternoons in September and October

The series is set in fictional Downton Abbey, a Yorkshire country house, which is the home and seat of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, along with their children and distant family members. Each series follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family, their friends, and their servants during the reign of King George V.

The Irish War of Independence, for example, is incorrectly referred to as the Irish Civil War in the ITV and IMDb blurbs and PBS preview for episodes covering 1919 and 1920.[88][89]

On 26 January 2016, PBS released Series Six on DVD in the US, including the final 2015 Christmas Special.

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In Australia, the first series was broadcast on the Seven Network beginning on 29 May 2011;[48] the second series was broadcast beginning on 20 May 2012;[49] and the third series beginning on 10 February 2013.[50] In New Zealand, Prime began airing the first series on 10 May 2011, the second series on 18 October 2011 and the third series on 18 October 2012.[51]

It's beautifully made—handsome, artfully crafted and acted. Smith, who plays the formidable and disdainful Dowager Countess, has a lovely way of delivering words, always spaced to perfection. This is going to be a treat if you like a lavish period drama of a Sunday evening.[67]

For the first time in the UK, episode three received an average of more than 10 million viewers (or a 38.2% audience share).[75] Premiering in the US in January 2013, the third series had an average audience of 11.5 million viewers and the finale on 17 February 2013, drew 12.3 million viewers making it the night's highest rating show.[76] Overall, during its seven-week run, the series had an audience of 24 million viewers making it PBS's highest-rated drama of all time.[76]

The Equality (Titles) Bill was an unsuccessful piece of legislation introduced in the UK Parliament in 2013 that would have allowed equal succession of female heirs to hereditary titles and peerages. It was nicknamed the "Downton Abbey law" because it addressed the same issue that affects Lady Mary Crawley, who cannot inherit the estate because it must pass to a male heir.

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