Welcome to the Canadian broadcast home of Downton Abbey, the British costume drama that has become an international entertainment phenomenon with rapt viewers in over 100 countries and multiple industry accolades. From the Oscar winning pen of Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) comes the enthralling and happily addictive saga of the aristocratic Crawley family, their colourful staff and the sprawling, extravagant Yorkshire estate they all call home. Their stories brimming with romance, intrigue, heartache and humour are as grand and sweeping as their beloved country domain.
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Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle has a very intriguing connection to the birth of Canada. Find out what that is here.
With three series now complete and a fourth in production, we’ve journeyed with our favourite abbey inhabitants – and the ones we love to hate – through close to a decade of their lives. From the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 to the horrors and strife of The Great War, on to the changes and challenges of the 1920s, Downton Abbey and its inhabitants have stood tall.
From January through May 2013, join us to discover, catch up or relive the blockbuster series that has already won 9 Primetime Emmy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 BAFTA awards and more. Fall for the irresistible charms of Downton Abbey for the first time, or all over again.
We’re adding some extra flavour to the Downton Abbey experience this year with the Weekly Downton Dish! Each Monday from Dec. 31, Culinary Historian and ardent Downton Abbey fan Pamela Foster, author of the Downton Abbey Cooks epicurian blog and the ecookbook, Abbey Cooks Entertain, brings you delectable Downton inspired recipes and delightful show insights in our Articles Section.
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ZoomerMag.com says, “The small screen is sizzling with the Edwardian period soap opera, Downton Abbey, and it’s not just the beautiful costumes, set and gorgeous cast.” Read the rest of their Going Downton article.
In 2012, our Destination Downton Country Contest awarded a once in a lifetime, 10-day trip for 2 to England during Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations from DH Tour, London and U.K. Specialists! Watch our Contests Section for more exciting opportunities to win coming your way this year!
Listen to an interview with Zoomer Magazine Deputy Editor Kim Izzo on the Downton Abbey phenomenon:
As the 2013 award season begins, Downton Abbey and its stellar cast and crew have been honoured with a number of nominations so far.
2013 GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS:
WON! Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Dame Maggie Smith
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama: Michelle Dockery
Best Television Series – Drama
2013 SCREEN ACTORS’ GUILD AWARD NOMINATIONS:
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Michelle Dockery
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Dame Maggie Smith
WON!Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Downton Abbey Cast
2013 PRODUCERS’ GUILD AWARD NOMINATIONS:
Television Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Drama: Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes, Liz Trubridge
WINNER – GOLDEN GLOBE (2013)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – TV DRAMA (Dame Maggie Smith)
WINNER – 3 EMMY AWARDS (2012)
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS (Dame Maggie Smith)
OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES
OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING FOR A SINGLE CAMERA SERIES
WINNER – GOLDEN GLOBE (2012)
BEST TELEVISION MINI SERIES
Additional 2012 Awards from the Television Critics’ Association (2), TP de Oro (Spain) (1), PGA Awards (1), Ondas Awards (Spain) (1)
WINNER – 6 EMMY AWARDS (2011)
OUTSTANDING MINI SERIES OR MOVIE
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS (Dame Maggie Smith)
OUTSTANDING WRITING (Julian Fellowes)
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING (Brian Percival)
WINNER – 2 BAFTA TV AWARDS (2011)
BEST DIRECTOR – FICTION/ENTERTAINMENT (Brian Percival)
BEST SOUND – FICTION/ENTERTAIMENT (Alex Sawyer, Mark Holding, Adam Armitage, Nigel Heath)
WINNER – BANFF TELEVISION FESTIVAL ROCKY AWARD (2011)
WINNER – BROADCASTING PRESS GUILD AWARDS (2011)
BEST DRAMA SERIES (Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame)
WRITER’S AWARD (Julian Fellowes)
WINNER – UK ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY AWARD (2011)
BEST PHOTOGRAPHY: DRAMA (David Katznelson)
One of the great melodramas of the modern television age. – Hollywood Reporter
In this land of egalitarianism, viewers are eating up this upstairs-downstairs tale — and rooting for the British gentry — with a silver spoon.
Everyone loves “Downton Abbey.”PBS’ biggest hit in years, it’s won Emmys, a Golden Globe and the critics’ hearts. We are all smitten with the elegant writing, the fabulous cast (Maggie Smith! Weekly!), the marvelous setting and the chance to wallow in the social mores and accouterments of another age.
–Los Angeles Times
More than 15 million viewers in the U.S. and U.K. are having a love affair with the palace-size hit, which has reinvigorated period drama and earned raves around the world. – TV Guide
Damnably addictive. Topsy turvy upstairs-downstairs drama at its jolliest. Guilty pleasure, what? – Vancouver Sun
The British series, about the aristocratic Crawley family and their titular home, goes down so easily that it’s a bit like scarfing handfuls of caramel corn while swigging champagne. – New Yorker
A cult hit! It is hard to open a newspaper or click on a news website in America at the moment without reading something about Downton Abbey. – BBC
Everyone’s favorite buttoned-up British passionstravaganza – Gawker.com
You might have seen your friends posting about it on Facebook and Twitter, read about it in Entertainment Weekly … absolutely everyone is talking about Downton Abbey. – Gawker.com
Move over, “Mad Men” and Kim Kardashian. There’s a new darling in U.S. pop culture, with a much posher accent and even fancier clothes.
British World War One-era drama “Downton Abbey” and its colorful cast of countesses, cooks and kitchen maids has taken America by storm – Reuters
“Even the royals love Downton Abbey” – stylist.co.uk
Roger Ebert has stepped outside the movie realm to praise it in his blog. Saturday Night Live spoofed it. Mob Wives star Big Ang Raiola recited favorite quips for Us Weekly. – The Daily Beast