History Series / DowntonAbbey

8th Feb '16 9:02:44 PM theenglishman
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** There is one exception to this rule, at the very end of the show: [[spoiler:Bates and Anna's son is born with both parents alive and well]]. Even then, this trope is sort of in effect as a kind of [[BookEnds Book End]] to the series, as [[spoiler:the pilot has a man dying in Lady Mary's bed, and the series finale has a baby born in Lady Mary's bed]].
2nd Feb '16 10:35:56 AM hamza678
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[[SpiritualSuccessor Much like]] earlier series ''[[UpstairsDownstairs Upstairs, Downstairs]]'', the drama follows both the aristocratic family who own the house and the large staff of servants who make it tick. The second series dealt with the effects of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne on the entire household.
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[[SpiritualSuccessor Much like]] the earlier series ''[[UpstairsDownstairs Upstairs, Downstairs]]'', the drama follows both the aristocratic family who own the house and the large staff of servants who make it tick. The second series dealt with the effects of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne on the entire household.
1st Feb '16 7:15:54 AM gallium
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* NeverLearnedToRead: Thomas finally bonds with Andy in Season 6 when he discovers that Andy can't read, and pledges to teach him.
1st Feb '16 6:09:31 AM gallium
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** A hilariously hamfisted one in the last season. When Minister of Health UsefulNotes/NevilleChamberlain makes a visit to the Abbey, Mrs. Patmore remarks "They say he might be Prime Minister one day."

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Edward Prince of Wales, the future [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Edward VIII]], is an idiot that the Crawleys have to help out of a jam in the Season 4 Christmas Special. Minister of Health UsefulNotes/NevilleChamberlain visits Downton Abbey while on an inspection tour of northern hospitals in Season 6.
30th Jan '16 10:54:50 AM Prfnoff
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->'''Lord Grantham''': You do not love the place yet. ->'''Matthew Crawley''': Well, obviously, it's... ->'''Lord Grantham''': No, you don't love it. You see a million bricks that may crumble, a thousand gutters and pipes that may block and leak, and stone that will crack in the frost. ->'''Matthew Crawley''': But you don't? ->'''Lord Grantham''': I see my life's work. Set in an [[UsefulNotes/TheEdwardianEra Edwardian]] country house beginning in 1912, '''''Downton Abbey''''' (2010--2015) portrays the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and the servants who work for them. Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham, has three daughters but no sons. Since (as with most British peerages), the Grantham title must pass to an "heir male of the body" (i.e. a male-line blood descendant of the 1st Earl), Crawley's cousin James and James's son Patrick are the heirs presumptive. Then both James and Patrick die in the sinking of the ''[[UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic Titanic]]''. So what will become of the Earl's fortune? This SuccessionCrisis drives the initial plot of the show, but soon enough, a host of intersecting plotlines occur. The EnsembleCast faces a variety of personal struggles, and everyone has to deal with the [[EndOfAnAge gradual modernization]] of Britain.
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->'''Lord Grantham''': You do not love the place yet. \n->'''Matthew \\ '''Matthew Crawley''': Well, obviously, it's... ->'''Lord it's...\\ '''Lord Grantham''': No, you don't love it. You see a million bricks that may crumble, a thousand gutters and pipes that may block and leak, and stone that will crack in the frost. ->'''Matthew frost.\\ '''Matthew Crawley''': But you don't? ->'''Lord don't?\\ '''Lord Grantham''': I see my life's work. Set in an [[UsefulNotes/TheEdwardianEra Edwardian]] country house beginning in 1912, '''''Downton Abbey''''' ''Downton Abbey'' (2010--2015) portrays the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and the servants who work for them. Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham, has three daughters but no sons. Since (as with most British peerages), the Grantham title must pass to an "heir male of the body" (i.e. a male-line blood descendant of the 1st Earl), Crawley's cousin James and James's son Patrick are the heirs presumptive. Then both James and Patrick die in the sinking of the ''[[UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic Titanic]]''. So what will become of the Earl's fortune? This SuccessionCrisis drives the initial plot of the show, but soon enough, a host of intersecting plotlines occur. The EnsembleCast faces a variety of personal struggles, and everyone has to deal with the [[EndOfAnAge gradual modernization]] of Britain.
27th Jan '16 8:24:59 AM theenglishman
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* PrecisionFStrike: At one point Lord Grantham refers to [[HateSink Ms. Bunting]] as a harpy, which given the time period would have been unbelievably shocking. ** In the series finale, [[spoiler:Lady Edith]] calls [[spoiler:Lady Mary]] a [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]], [[UpToEleven twice]]! Even though it was [[WhatTheHellHero completely justified]], it was probably a good thing they were alone at the time.
9th Jan '16 2:41:57 PM hiphiphu
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* DevotedToYou: Lady Mary. Which is odd, since she isn't any prettier, smarter, kinder or more interesting than her sisters or Lavinia. Maybe it's the most inexplicable in [[OneTrueLove Matthew's]] case. Sure, after they get to know each other and laugh together, it's believable they have a connection, but he was enchanted by the first impression she made, a walking, snooty representation of every value he found antipathic who even toyed with him down the line.
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* DevotedToYou: Lady Mary.Mary attracts this attention from a whole slew of men including Matthew, Evelyn Napier, Tony Gillingham, Charles Blake and Henry Talbot. Which is odd, since she isn't any prettier, smarter, kinder or more interesting than her sisters or Lavinia. Maybe it's the most inexplicable in [[OneTrueLove Matthew's]] case. Sure, after they get to know each other and laugh together, it's believable they have a connection, but he was enchanted by the first impression she made, a walking, snooty representation of every value he found antipathic who even toyed with him down the line.
8th Jan '16 6:12:28 PM nombretomado
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** ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' created a fake promo which imagined how the show would be advertised if it aired on SpikeTV.
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** ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' created a fake promo which imagined how the show would be advertised if it aired on SpikeTV.Creator/SpikeTV.
4th Jan '16 11:22:09 AM LentilSandEater
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* AbortedArc: In the Season 2 Christmas special, Lady Mary calls off her engagement to newspaper magnate Sir Richard Carlisle, despite his threats to publish her secret regarding the late Kemal Pamuk. This is a secret that Bates left Downton (and Anna) to keep, one which it is insinuated will ruin the family by scandal, one which Richard literally bought the rights to. Yet in the end, everyone who could be hurt by the scandal takes a "Publish and be damned" attitude, and when the next season rolls around, it's conveniently forgotten, never to be brought up again. ** It may be assumed that Richard never actually made good on his threat, but nothing in the show indicates either that the scandal broke and blew over or that the secret was kept; it's merely dropped.
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* AbortedArc: In the Season 2 Christmas special, Lady Mary calls off her engagement to newspaper magnate Sir Richard Carlisle, despite his threats to publish her secret regarding the late Kemal Pamuk. This is a secret that Bates left Downton (and Anna) to keep, one which it is insinuated will ruin the family by scandal, one which Richard literally bought the rights to. Yet in the end, everyone who could be hurt by the scandal takes a "Publish and be damned" attitude, and when the next season rolls around, it's conveniently forgotten, never to be brought up again. ** again. It may be assumed that Richard never actually made good on his threat, but nothing in the show indicates either that the scandal broke and blew over or that the secret was kept; it's merely dropped.
30th Dec '15 3:28:00 AM DragonQuestZ
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* HighClassGloves: The various actresses wear these throughout the series in scenes where they're dressed in formal outfits, starting from episode 1 where Cora is seen putting on a pair of long black gloves while dressing for dinner. (Very much TruthInTelevision, as properly dressed men and women of the middle and upper classes were expected to wear gloves as accessories to almost everything except bathing suits and sleepwear during TheEdwardianEra.)

* OperaGloves: The various actresses wear these throughout the series in scenes where they're dressed in formal outfits, starting from episode 1 where Cora is seen putting on a pair of long black gloves while dressing for dinner. (Very much TruthInTelevision, as properly dressed men and women of the middle and upper classes were expected to wear gloves as accessories to almost everything except bathing suits and sleepwear during TheEdwardianEra.)
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