Downton Abbey Returns with Season 2
Sundays at 9:00 p.m. beginning January 8th
One of the most phenomenally popular series in MASTERPIECE history is back for
an exciting second season: Downton Abbey Season 2 resumes its story of love and intrigue
at an English country estate, now mobilized for the trauma of war. With a returning cast
including Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Dan Stevens,
Michelle Dockery, Siobhan Finneran, and many more, Downton Abbey Season 2 airs over
seven weeks from Sunday, January 8 through February 19, 2012, at 9pm ET on PBS
(check local listings).
American critics raved, calling Downton Abbey “an instant classic” (New York Times),
“compulsively watchable from the get-go” (Variety), “impossible to resist” (Wall
Street Journal), “addictive” (People Magazine), “the best Abbey since Abbey Road”
(Entertainment Weekly), and “a quintessential Masterpiece Classic” (TV Guide). “MASTERPIECE viewers took Downton Abbey to heart and they won’t be disappointed with season two,” says MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton. “The cast we love is back and screenwriter Julian Fellowes is in top form. No one can equal him at breathing life into a world that vanished almost a century agom “We were absolutely thrilled by the enthusiastic response of MASTERPIECE viewers to Downton Abbey,” says Gareth Neame, Executive Producer of Downton Abbey. “Its success is a testament to the wonderful storytelling, acting and production values of the show.”
Last season opened with the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, which had dire consequences for Downton Abbey. The new season picks up in the middle of another disaster, World War I, which affected every aspect of life in England, accelerating the social change that was already transforming an age-old system of class and privilege. The second season promises to be as satisfying as the first, with thwarted and rekindled romances, forgotten and fresh scandals, and enough new plot twists to weave a tapestry
with Lord Grantham’s family crest.
For more information on this program go to www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/downtonabbey/.