Downton Abbey - Series 1 details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Penelope Wilton, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Michelle Dockery, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jim Carter, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nichol, Siobhan Finneran, Joanne Froggatt|
|Directors:||Brian Percival, Ben Bolt, Brian Kelly|
|Collections:||Top 100 Best of British, TV top 20 weekly chart|
Downton Abbey - Series 1 - Disc 1
|12 Disc 1|
Downton Abbey - Series 1 - Disc 2
|12 Disc 2|
Downton Abbey - Series 1 - Disc 3
|12 Disc 3|
|Run time:||6 hours 4 minutes|
|Rental release:||08 Nov 2010|
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Exceeded expectationsBy itsdi (2 reviews) , 07 Sep 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]Having missed this on TV and hearing about the rave reviews, I rented Series 1.
It lived up to and exceeded my expectations. The story lines upstairs/downstairs are wonderful as is the acting but Maggie Smith steals the show with her barbed comments and 'one liners'.
The location/ costumes are sumptuous too and I absolutely loved it and am waiting for series 2 to drop through my letter box as we speak (type) :-)
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TOTALLY UNEXPECTED!!By a customer , 21 Nov 2013I ordered this (through gritted teeth) for my Fiance as she missed it on TV. When she sat down to watch it, I decided I`d start a book I`ve been meaning to start for ages, BUT, I found myself totally hooked on watching it. As a 17stone rugby player who has never watched anything like this before, EVER, it totally surprised me. The story lines are very well written and shows the `upstairs/downstairs` side of life at that period of time. What amazed me the most was the tragedy, sadness and problems the Lords and Ladies of the house had, unbeknown to them, were brought on by the noisiness and medalling of their staff. Its produced with as much authenticity you would expect from such a high budget series, good actors, well written and executed. We are BOTH looking forward to watching series 2. Enjoy!
FAB-U-LOUS !By a customer , 11 Oct 2013Loved it ! Missed out completely on the first series and did wonder what all the fuss at work was about . Once I started I was hooked and watched them nonstop over a weekend. Awaiting series 2 in the post
An expensive boreBy satwalker99 (19 reviews) from CHATHAM , 03 Jun 2013Couldn't find time to catch its tv run so waited for the DVD set. Clearly an expensive and lengthy undertaking by lots of serious & dedicated people but for me it lacked the entertainment & scope of 'Upstairs,Downstairs' of Eaton Sq. I stuck through the first 5 episodes & postponed the rest. I found it generally humourless, lacking the sensitivity & characterization of its counterpart and difficult to follow in parts mainly because I knew only Maggie Smith of the cast of strangers. Certainly the acting was highly professional and the settings enviable with the costumes -or more accurately,period dresses so appropriate. A great deal of planning and care in the production was evident. But where was the real drama and suspense in the few twists of any plot? Ir is possible that a special clique of wealthy landed gentry once occupied such vast & isolated estates while butlers,footmen & scullery maids once saw this as their life's calling. I'm afraid 'Upstairs & Down' was more fun and anyway, its cast was generally well known of old. 3/5
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ITV are doing it right!By kimbo88 (24 reviews) , 26 Mar 2013I'd missed this first time round on tv so I rented it and I wasn't disspointed. The characters are all wonderful and the story is very well written, would reccommend to anyone who loves costume drama.
British period drama at its bestBy LeightonBrook-Alders (1 review) , 06 Mar 2013I have missed all the series on TV. I thought I would hate it but ended up absolutely loving it - the attention to detail in the exquisite sets and costumes is amazing. And the way the writers build the characters is compelling - can't wait for the next series