DOWNTON ABBEY SERIES 2 BEGINS ON ITV 1 SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2011
UK | ITV 1 | 60 minutes | AIRDATE: Sunday 18 September 2011@ 9.00pm
Writer: Julian Fellowes | Season 2 Episode 1
The worlds most popular show returns for it’s very much anticipated second series and all the major players are back with it, not only that but the action has moved on two years to 1916.
The new series begins in 1916, two years after the outbreak of war. Robert, Earl of Grantham, is now Lord Lieutenant of the County but remains disillusioned that he has not been selected for service at the front. William feels bad that he has not joined up, having promised his widowed father not to, and his shame increases when he and Branson are presented with white feathers.
The Downton heir Matthew Crawley, on the other hand, is in the thick of the fighting. When he returns on leave, he brings someone with him – his new fiancee. Back in France, Matthew runs into Thomas, who is desperate to get out of the army – but will his schemes succeed? Meanwhile, Lady Sybil tries to help the war effort by enrolling as a volunteer nurse, and she receives unexpected support from her grandmother, the dowager countess Violet. Lady Mary thinks she has found a new suitor in the form of newspaper proprietor – and war profiteer – Sir Richard Carlisle, but does she still have feelings for Matthew? Below stairs, Bates faces trouble with the arrival of his wife Vera, and new housemaid Ethel Parks does not prove popular with the other servants.
Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham
Thomas Howe as William
Allen Leech as Branson
Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley
Rob James-Collier as Thomas
Maggie Smith as Countess Violet
Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Sybil
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary
Brendan Coyle as Bates
Amy Nuttall as Ethel Parks
Iain Glen as Sir Richard Carlisle
Maria Doyle Kennedy as Vera