A new season of British period drama Downton Abbey starts tonight, writes Debbie Schipp
IT WAS the kind of program that Australian viewers would traditionally have found on the ABC.
Instead, Channel 7 snapped up Downton Abbey’s first season, which screened here on Southern Cross, and last May this country became part of a period- drama ratings tsunami. Downton ruled the drama ratings in the UK and the US.
A swag of television awards later, season two has hit our shores.
When we last saw the Crawleys and the servants who keep their lives ticking, World War I had just broken out. Now it’s 1916, and Downton’s residents are in conflict at home and abroad.
Lady Mary ( Michelle Dockery) and Matthew ( Dan Stevens) are still circling each other from afar, Anna ( Joanna Froggatt) and Bates ( Brendan Coyle) are proving the course of true love never runs smooth, and Sybil ( Jessica Brown Findlay) is still the genteel rebel, egged on by Cousin Isabel ( Penelope Wilton).
LOVE TRIANGLE: Lady Mary ( Michelle Dockery), left, and Lavinia Swire ( Zoe Boyle) compete for the affections of Matthew Crawley ( Dan Stevens).