"Downton Abbey" (2010) {(#2.1)} TV Season

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Overview "Downton Abbey" Season 02 Episode 01 (S02E01)



Ratings / Votes
8.6/ 10 (385 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Carnival Films [gb] - (as a Carnival/Masterpiece co-production)
Masterpiece [gb] - (as a Carnival/Masterpiece co-production)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(UK) - 18 September 2011
(New Zealand) - 18 October 2011
(Sweden) - 29 October 2011
(Netherlands) - 5 November 2011
(Spain) - 13 December 2011

Running Time


1910s, battle-of-the-somme, blast, bombardment, british-officer, broken-heart, concert, dinner, driving-lesson, engagement, father-son-relationship, flowers, loyalty, lucky-charm, medic, medical-examination, prank, red-cross, train, train-station, trench, white-feather, world-war-one, year-1916,

Technical Support
CAM:Arri Alexa
PCS:ProRes 4444 LogC - (master format)
RAT:16:9 HD

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Full Cast

  1. Bennett, Greg (XIII) as (uncredited) [Officer at Benefit Concert]
  2. Bonneville, Hugh as [Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham] <1>
  3. Burns, Danny (II) as [Stretcher Bearer] <20>
  4. Carter, Jim (I) as [Charles Carson] <4>
  5. Clayton, Robert (V) as (uncredited) [Injured Soldier]
  6. Clyde, Jeremy as [General Robertson] <23>
  7. Coyle, Brendan (I) as [John Bates] <5>
  8. Doyle, Kevin (I) as [Joseph Molesley] <24>
  9. Hansell, Richard as [Medical Officer] <26>
  10. Howes, Thomas as [William Mason] <9>
  11. James-Collier, Rob as [Thomas Barrow] <10>
  12. Leech, Allen as [Tom Branson] <27>
  13. O Connor, Peter (II) as (as Peter McNeil O'Connor) [Sergeant Stevens] <28>
  14. Robb, David (I) as [Dr. Clarkson] <29>
  15. Stevens, Dan (IV) as [Matthew Crawley] <17>
  16. Ventura, Stephen as [Davis] <30>
  17. Boyle, Zoe (I) as [Lavinia Swire] <19>
  18. Brown Findlay, Jessica as [Lady Sybil Crawley] <2>
  19. Carmichael, Laura (II) as [Lady Edith Crawley] <3>
  20. Chatfield, Gwendolen (I) as [White Feather Girl] <21>
  21. Dockery, Michelle as [Lady Mary Crawley] <6>
  22. Finneran, Siobhan as [Sarah O'Brien] <7>
  23. Froggatt, Joanne as [Anna Smith] <8>
  24. Jones, Rosie (V) as [White Feather Girl] <22>
  25. Kennedy, Maria Doyle as [Vera Bates] <25>
  26. Logan, Phyllis (I) as [Mrs. Hughes] <11>
  27. McGovern, Elizabeth (I) as [Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham] <12>
  28. McShera, Sophie as [Daisy Robinson] <13>
  29. Nicol, Lesley as [Mrs. Patmore] <14>
  30. Nuttall, Amy as [Ethel Parks] <15>
  31. Smith, Maggie (I) as [Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham] <16>
  32. Wilton, Penelope as [Isobel Crawley] <18>

Full Plot

November 1916. Matthew is fighting in the horrific Battle of the Somme but at Downton Robert, given a courtesy title as head of the local yeomanry but deemed too old to fight, and William, forbidden by his father to enlist, feel frustrated as white feathers are given to non-combatants. Sybil also feels useless and goes to York for nursing training whilst Mary hides her disappointment when Matthew, home on leave, brings his betrothed, Lavinia Swire, to meet her. She nonetheless sees him off, giving him her lucky mascot, as he returns to the fighting, Back in the trenches he meets Thomas, sick of the war, who deliberately gets himself wounded. John returns from his mother's funeral, hoping to buy off his greedy wife Vera with his inheritance and marry Anna. However, now that he has money, Vera turns up and threatens to expose Anna's part in Mary's indiscretion with the Turk Panuk unless he leaves with her immediately - which he does. Fortunately a suspicious Mrs. Hughes has overheard them and gets Carson to put Robert in the picture without exposing Mary. Unaware of this, a sorrowful Anna is comforted by Ethel, the starstruck new maid who is felt by the other staff to have ideas above her station. don @ minifie-1 It's 1916 and the war is having an effect on everyone. Matthew Crawley is an officer at the front but comes home on leave where he not only reconciles with the rest of the family and with Mary in particular, but also introduces everyone to his fiancée Lavinia Swire. Robert Crawley is made Lord Lieutenant of the area and is disappointed that his appointment as colonel of a local regiment is an honorary post and that he will not actually be sent to France. Lady Sybil is desperate to contribute to the war effort and Isobel arranges for her to take a nurse's training course in York. Below stairs, John Bates is away attending to his mother's funeral. He returns with good news for Anna: his mother's estate was larger than anyone thought and he's now certain that he will be able to buy off his wife Vera and get a divorce. Unfortunately, Vera comes to Downton Abbey with something considerably different in mind. O'Brien relentlessly harasses a new new maid and the chauffeur tells Sybil how he feels about her. William the footman has been forbidden by his father to enlist and he must face the taunts of those who think he is shirking his responsibility. garykmcd Plot not found

Total Business

CP: © Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011

Movie Certificate

9 (Netherlands)

Music Composers

  1. Lunn, John (I)


  1. Struthers, Gavin (director of photography)

Dress Designers

  1. Buxton, Susannah


Independent Television (ITV) [gb] - (2011) (UK) (TV) (ITV1)
Masterpiece Theatre [us] - (2012) (USA) (TV) (as Masterpiece Classic)
Nederlandse Christelijke Radio Vereniging (NCRV) [nl] - (2011) (Netherlands) (TV)
PBS Video [us] - (2012) (USA) (DVD)
Prime Television Network [nz] - (2011) (New Zealand) (TV)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) [us] - (2012) (USA) (TV)
Sveriges Television (SVT) [se] - (2011) (Sweden) (TV)

Film Editors

  1. Wilson, John (II)


  1. Barrett, Alex (I) (production runner)
  2. Birmingham, Lottie (floor runner)
  3. Bruce, Alastair (II) (historical advisor)
  4. Clarkson, Ciarron (floor runner)
  5. Cockerham, Oliver (assistant production coordinator)
  6. Daxter, Claire (script editor)
  7. Ellis, Mark (VII) (assistant location manager) (as Mark 'Sparky' Ellis)
  8. Garner, Sarah (I) (script supervisor)
  9. Gillingham, Taff (military advisor)
  10. Hikaka, Kimberley (production executive)
  11. Houston, Jonathan (production coordinator)
  12. Lawson, Matthew (II) (assistant accountant)
  13. Marriott, Garry (second medic) (uncredited)
  14. Mortimer, Paul (II) (unit paramedic) (uncredited)
  15. Osborn, Joanna (production assistant: runner) (uncredited)
  16. Payne, Joe (II) (floor runner)
  17. Prendergast, John (III) (unit manager)
  18. Symons, Sam (script editor)
  19. Wheeler, Jason (III) (location manager)
  20. Wray, Denis (production accountant)


[Lady Mary is praying for the safe return of Matthew] Lady Mary Crawley: Dear Lord, I don't pretend to have much credit with you. I'm not even sure that you're there. [she looks at a photograph of Matthew] Lady Mary Crawley: But if you are, and if I've ever done anything good, I beg you to keep him safe. Anna Smith: I know you. You're doing something gallant here, making a sacrifice for my honor, but I don't want you to. I don't care. Don't you understand? I don't care what people say. I'd live in sin with you. If she's threatening to ruin me, then let her. It's nothing to me. The only ruin that I recognize is to be without you!

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Ealing Studios, Ealing, London, England, UK
  2. Highclere Castle, Highclere, Hampshire, England, UK - (Downton Abbey estate)
  3. Horsted Keynes station, Bluebell Railway, East Sussex, England, UK - (Downton Station)


- Sybil's lament, "All the men I've ever danced with are dead," is based upon script writer/series creator 'Julian Fellowes' (qv)' own Aunt Isie, who is quoted in Virginia Nicholson's book, "Singled Out", which discusses the lives of women after World War I.