Season 6: 1925
We return to the sumptuous setting of Downton Abbey for the sixth and final season of this internationally acclaimed hit drama series. As our time with the Crawleys begins to draw to a close and we see what will finally become of them all, the family, and the servants who work for them, remain inseparably interlinked as they face new challenges and begin forging different paths in a rapidly changing world.
Secrets and rifts threaten the unity of the family, while those below stairs continue to navigate social changes which put their futures in jeopardy. The final season of the multi-award winning series follows all our favourite characters as they strive to find happiness once and for all. Will Mary choose the right path? Will her sister Edith finally get a break?! Will Carson and Mrs Hughes actually make it up the aisle? And will Anna and Bates overcome the many hurdles that have been set before them? This season offers all the highs and lows, joy and sorrow, that viewers across the globe have grown to love, with the added excitement of discovering how it all wraps up and it should be the most wonderful and satisfying season yet.
Season 5: 1924
Set in 1924, the fifth series sees the return of our much loved characters in the sumptuous setting of Downton Abbey. As they face new challenges, the Crawley family and the servants who work for them remain inseparably interlinked.
A new labour government heralds changes that are being felt throughout the land, and life at Downton is not untouched. Robert, Mary and Branson together must navigate these shifting sands to ensure the future of the estate for generations to come.
As Branson finds himself playing a more crucial role at Downton than ever before, he can’t help questioning his place in this world. Mary is finally coming to accept that she would like to marry again, but will she ever be able to find the same happiness that she had with Matthew? Meanwhile with still no news of her beloved Gregson, Edith suffers under the burden of her terrible secret.
Downstairs, the servants are starting to consider what effect social changes may have on their working lives. While Daisy’s mind is opened to new possibilities, Mrs Patmore views such new and uncertain paths with trepidation. Anna and Bates have weathered many storms and are finally starting to plan their future. But with so much painful history, will they ever be able to completely move on, or will past secrets once again threaten their chance of ever finding happiness?
Season 4: February 1922 – Summer 1923
Six months following the tragic and untimely death of Downton Abbey’s heir, things are far from back to normal. As many of its residents struggle to rediscover and redefine their purpose in life, none are quite as melancholic as the devastated Mary, whose listless manner and detachment are cause for worry. As he attempts to protect his eldest, Robert is faced with the equally daunting task of stabilizing the estate, as he and Tom attempt to preserve a legacy that has never been more threatened.
Things are just as uncertain downstairs, as a mysterious departure makes room for new staff, and all the new loyalties and rivalries that such an arrival entails. Tensions new and old rise to the surface in the servants’ quarters, and continue to shade the already deep and nuanced characters that populate their ranks. However, Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes know as well as their employers that Downton as they know it may soon be a thing of the past, as a changing social order threatens not only the lords and ladies upstairs, but their livelihoods as well.
But even as the agents of change appear on Downton’s doorstep, so too do its residents – particularly those of the younger set – begin to look to the London scene for a taste of a modern, and liberated, lifestyle. While the Dowager Countess, as always, refuses to let either changes within the family or forces from the outside shake her views, the youthful Lady Rose makes for an exciting wildcard, infusing the house with a much-needed vibrancy.
Intrigue and romance abound, and with no shortage of jazz music, fresh faces, and emotional revelations, Season 4 of Julian Fellowes’s celebrated drama will be a pivotal moment in the history of the titular estate, and lives of those who call it home.
Mary: “Papa, you’re always saying how we’re not the owners of Downton, but the caretakers. Very well, now let’s take care of it.”
Season 3: March 1920 – September 1921
The tragedies, struggles and triumphs of World War I are over as Downton Abbey is ushered into the beginning of the Roaring ’20s with fresh faces, challenges and an agonizingly uncertain future ahead. Now a winner of 9 Emmy® Awards, 2 Golden Globes and the 2013 Screen Actors’ Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Drama, Downton Abbey’s Season 3 brings about more sweeping changes, personal upheavals and shocking turns of events than ever before.
Sparks fly and feathers ruffle, especially the Dowager’s, as Oscar® winner Shirley MacLaine joins the show at the beginning of the season as Cora’s brassy, well-heeled mother, Martha Levinson. Matthew and Mary’s relationship is tested as they navigate the turbulent waters of one’s personal cause versus the other’s strength of conscience. Will Edith’s desires for everlasting love and a purposeful life finally come to fruition? Will Sybil and Tom be welcomed back into the family fold with open arms and without prejudice? How will Robert and Cora deal with the fallout from a financial bombshell that becomes the biggest threat to the future of their grand home, and possibly even their future together? Behind her huff and puff exterior, the Dowager Countess continues to orchestrate family togetherness and success like a covert master conductor.
Downstairs, the pathos is no less pervasive. Bates languishes behind bars with growing desperation as his beloved Anna doggedly fights for his freedom. O’Brien and Thomas continue to perfect their evil pursuits, even on each other. Will their bond be tested by too much subterfuge? New staff members arrive and jockey for pecking order position while long time staff like Mrs. Hughes, Mr. Carson, Mrs. Patmore and Daisy weather new crises and adjust to the changes a new year and a new decade bring.
Mary: But not only Downton. Us. We must never take us for granted. Who knows what’s coming?
Matthew: I have to take one thing for granted. That I will love you until the last breath leaves my body.
Mary: Oh my darling; me, too. Me, too.
Season 2: November 1916 – January 1920
Series 2 of the Emmy® Award and Golden Globe Award-winning Downton Abbey opens as The Great War rages across Europe, and not even the serene Yorkshire countryside is free from its effects. The men and women of Downton are doing their part both on the front lines and the home front even with the familiar passions, love, loss, blackmail, and betrayal.
Downton Abbey itself is to be transformed into a convalescent home for wounded officers. Some newcomers arrive; some young men are absent, desperately clinging to survival in the trenches of France; and some men remain at Downton, their discontent festering. The Crawley women attempt to find their place in the new climate, as Isobel helps chart a new course for one sister and Branson exerts his influence over another. News about Matthew stuns the house, and Mary has a revelation of her own.
Lord Grantham: “The world was in a dream before the war, but now its woken up and said goodbye to it. And so must we.”
Season 1: April 1912 – August 1914
The grand and gilded, Edwardian era world of Downton Abbey opens up to us just as the household receives the staggering news that the Titanic has sunk on its maiden voyage to America. In the throes of mourning personal loss that immediately steers the course of their lives and the livelihood of their estate, we are introduced to the Crawleys, the respectably mannered Robert and Cora, Lord and Lady Grantham, their three, very individual daughters, Mary, Edith and Sybil, and their delightfully witty and sharp-tongued grandmother, Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham. Downstairs, we meet Mr. Carson, Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Patmore, Mr. Bates, Anna, O’Brien, Thomas, Branson, William, Gwen and Daisy – the household staff whose struggles, schemes, loves and losses continuously intermingle with that of their employers’.
Over the course of two years and the arrival and reluctant acceptance of two distant family members – one who holds the future of Downton in his hands – the Crawleys face sudden changes, upheavals, unforeseen tragedies and moments of triumph with grace, courage and good, old fashioned British decorum. Through it all, right until the brink of the First World War, the bonds of family and tradition hold strong, both upstairs and down.
Lady Grantham: “Are we to be friends then?”
The Dowager Countess: “We are allies, my dear, which can be a good deal more effective.”