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Friday, August 9, 2013


A whole weekend of Downton Abbey, the multi-award-winning period drama, will be screened on BBC Entertainment to catch up with all the scandal, romance and conflict from series 1 and 2 ahead of the premiere of series 3.

Set in England in the years leading up to the First World War, Series One of Downton Abbey tells the story of a complicated community. The house has been home to the Crawley family for many generations but it is also where their servants live, plan and dream, and they are as fiercely jealous of their rank as anyone. Some of them are loyal to the family and committed to Downton as a way of life, others are moving through, on the lookout for betterment or love or just adventure. The difference is that they know so many of the secrets of the family, while the family know so few of theirs. But for all the passions that rage beneath the surface, this is a secure world, serene and ordered, and, at first glance, it seems it will last forever. Little do the family or staff know that the clouds of the conflict that will change everything are already gathering over their heads.

Series Two of Julian Fellowes' hit drama Downton Abbey joins the residents in 1916, where we see the effects of The First World War on the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them. The series sees the return of all the much-loved characters whose intertwined lives are rendered more complicated by wartime and its impact on the great house itself. And when the storms of war have finally cleared, will the way of life known by all the inhabitants of Downton have changed forever?

Downton Abbey Series 1 and 2 Weekender will be aired tomorrow and Sunday (August 10 and 11) on BBC Entertainment (channel 120 on DStv)