Downton Abbey 4 Seasons 2012

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Season 2
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1. Original UK Version Episode 1 Part One TV-14 CC

The Great War unsettles life at Downton and Isobel's surprising news about Matthew rocks the family further.

Starring:
Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay
Runtime:
1 hour 7 minutes
Original air date:
January 8, 2012

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Original UK Version Episode 1 Part One

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Season 2
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    1. Original UK Version Episode 1 Part One The Great War unsettles life at Downton and Isobel's surprising news about Matthew rocks the family further.

    TV-14 1h 7min January 8, 2012
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    2. Original UK Version Part Two Carson strives to keep standards high with disastrous personal consequences. Lady Rosamund is eager to unearth Lavinia and Carlisle's secret.

    TV-14 54min January 8, 2012
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    3. Original UK Version Part Three Downton is turned upside down with the arrival of the wounded officers. Branson intends to make General Strutt's visit a day no one will forget.

    TV-14 54min January 15, 2012
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    4. Original UK Version Part Four Tensions flare between Isobel and Cora. There's worrying news about Matthew and William.

    TV-14 53min January 22, 2012
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    5. Original UK Version Part Five Robert receives some shocking news from the front. Daisy's relationship with William moves faster than she would like.

    TV-14 54min January 29, 2012
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    6. Original UK Version Part Six A wounded Canadian officer comes to Downton to recuperate and unsettles everything.

    TV-14 54min February 5, 2012
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    7. Original UK Version Part Seven As the storms of war clear will life ever be the same again at Downton? A new development stuns the family.

    TV-14 54min February 12, 2012
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    8. Original UK Version Part Eight With the wedding approaching there's excitement in the air but will Branson's plans rattle everyone?

    TV-14 1h 8min February 12, 2012
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    9. Original UK Version Christmas at Downton Abbey Christmas 1919. Downton Abbey is hosting a lavish Christmas party, yet despite being the season of goodwill, tensions are rife and Bates's arrest has cast a shadow over the festivities.

    TV-14 1h 33min February 19, 2012
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    Downton Abbey, A House in History The history of Highclere Castle

    TV-14 10min December 16, 2011

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Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey Season 2 (Original U.K. Edition) [Blu-ray]

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Genres Drama
Director Ashley Pearce
Starring Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay
Supporting actors Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Siobhan Finneran, Joanne Froggatt, Thomas Howes, Rob James-Collier, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Amy Nuttall, Maggie Smith, Dan Stevens, Penelope Wilton, Zoe Boyle, Danny Burns
Season year 2012
Network PBS
Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton
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765 of 802 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 12, 2011
Format: DVD
The greatly anticipated second series of Downton Abbey picks up two years on from the first series in 1916, in the middle of World War 1. Downton Abbey has been converted into a convalescent home for injured servicemen and the action covers the period from the Battle of the Somme up to the end of the war. As in the first series, topical events of the period, political, economic and military are covered.

The wartime scenario and the convalescent home setting provide an excellent background for some interesting story lines. The combination of excellent plot lines, great acting and the superb setting display all that is best in TV period drama. This time round we have eight more episodes to add to the seven in the first series. As befits wartime, the costumes are not as flamboyant as in the first series but they are thoroughly researched and appropriate to the period.

There continue to be many superb individual performances but mention must be made of Maggie Smith. What a stroke of genius to cast her as Violet. She dominates every scene she appears in and often has some very funny lines.

This DVD includes the Downton Abbey 2 hour Christmas Special which is probably the single best episode of Downton Abbey to date. High drama here with a cliffhanging murder trial as well as the usual romance, drama, betrayal etc one would expect!

The UK has a long tradition of producing fine period dramas and this is the most successful since the early 1980s when Brideshead Revisited: 30th Anniversary Edition took the world by storm. Peak viewing figures in the UK are 11m which is an astounding number for that market.
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422 of 445 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on January 4, 2012
Format: DVD
Amazon doesn't list some important specifications so I'm just posting it here. I got them from the PBS website.

Length : 544 minutes on 3 Discs
Subtitles : Yes
Number of Programs : 9
Includes the Downton Abbey Christmas Special

As for season 2, it's pretty much more Downton Abbey. More Matthew/Mary, Mr. Bates/Anna, and more dastardly Miss O'Brien and Thomas. It's very interesting to see things start to change in the WW1 setting as well and some characters go through some big changes. The Christmas Special in particular is beautifully shot and makes me very excited for season 3 which has already been announced.
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329 of 360 people found the following review helpful By S. Hamilton on February 4, 2012
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I LOVE DOWNTON ABBEY! When I read that the American PBS version was edited and in doing so they have left out portions of the story that gave it more cohesiveness and background I was on the hunt for the UK version. Problem number 1 was the UK DVD version won't play in the US because we are in a different "region"...bummer but I kept reading and searching (I'm not a techie I'm a Granny)and discovered that if I could find a Blu-ray version AND I had a Blu-ray player I could eliminate the "non-US region" problem...yippee....found a Sony Blu-ray Disc/DVD player BDP-S185 for $79 that works great on Amazon...and two UK suppliers (one that had Downton Abbey Series 1 Blu-ray
and another that had Downton Abbey Series 2 Blu-ray in the original uncut British versions). I was a little freaked out that it might take forever for delivery to arrive but no problem with "Factory Distributor" (an Amazon UK supplier) I ordered it Jan 30 and received it Feb 3!!!! That's faster than I've gotten deliveries sent from the same state and cheaper as shipping was only $2.98.
If live in the US and want to get the original versions here's one caveat. When you search Amazon it seems to take you to PBS versions even though you've specified British versions...look carefully at the pictures. The UK version does NOT say PBS on the cover and the DVD's jewel case is predominantly blue.
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197 of 215 people found the following review helpful By Charity Bishop on November 7, 2011
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Considered one of the most successful "darlings" in the history of television, the first season of Downton Abbey achieved international success and a worldwide following. Its second season includes the same likable (and some not so likable) characters, but in an entirely new world...

When last we left Downton, the house was in turmoil at the recent news that war has begun with Germany. Some time later, the inhabitants of the great old estate have seen their lives immensely changed. Robert (Hugh Bonneville) feels inadequate and wants greatly to once more go to battle rather than staying at home and raising the morale of the women, and his wife Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) is too distracted to take much notice of his melancholy mood. Each of his daughters have embarked on individual quests to be of some use: Mary (Michelle Dockery) is both pining and praying for her beloved Matthew (Dan Stevens) at the front, Edith (Laura Carmichael) is learning to drive a tractor (among other things), and Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) is hoping to become a nurse at the local hospital.

Downstairs, Carson (Jim Carter) is attempting to contend with a limited staff and even scarcer resources. Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) is confronted with the antics and perils of a brand new maid with ideas above her station, and the would-be-romance between Anna (Joan Froggatt) and Bates (Brendan Coyle) is put on temporary hold when his wife (Maria Doyle Kennedy) arrives with a startling proposition.

While each of the characters confronts their fears and struggles to find a way to fit into a world that is altering all around them, the second season powers forward with purpose and sentimentality... although it does sometimes stray into convenient clichés and predictable outcomes.
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