So… the always lovely Brocante Home has found something else for us period piece lovers to look forward to. Downton Abbey has been sold to PBS in the US, where it will air in January 2011 as part of the 40th season of Masterpiece. Sounds like a seriously fun series and the costumes and location are just wonderful!!
The drama’s first season is set in the twilight of the Edwardian Era (1912-1914), in the stately home of the Earl of Grantham named Downton Abbey, during the reign of King George V. It follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and the servants who work for them.
Episode One: Set in April 1912, Lord Grantham’s cousin, James Crawley, who is Lord Grantham’s heir presumptive, and his son, Patrick, both die in the sinking of the RMS Titanic. With no male offspring, who is the new heir to the Grantham’s fortune? Bates is employed by Lord Grantham.
Episode Three: Lady Mary is seduced by a handsome visiting Turkish diplomat, who dies in her bed the same night. To avoid a scandal, Lady Grantham and a maid help her to move the body back into the Turk’s own bed. Meanwhile, Bates’s attempt to correct his limp almost has tragic consequences.