Fans of the phenomenally successful Downton Abbey will be delighted to hear that series two of their favourite Edwardian drama will debut on the channel soon.
Prime Channel Manager Kathy Wright said the first series proved to be just as popular with New Zealand viewers as it did with its British fans, resulting in record ratings for Prime Television.
“As a result there’s now a lot of hype and anticipation around what the second series will deliver, therefore we are planning to bring it to Kiwis’ living rooms as soon as possible,” she said.
The broad-appeal drama boasting romance, loyalty, deception and scandal, quickly found a home in the hearts of Kiwi viewers, cementing Downton Abbey as the channel’s highest ever rating drama. From the pen of Emmy® award-winning writer Julian Fellowes, the series portrays the highs and lows of the aristocratic Crawley family and the servants who work for them, with a stellar cast led by critically-acclaimed actress Dame Maggie Smith and actor Hugh Bonneville.
Downton Abbey scooped up an impressive six awards in this week’s 63rd Primetime Emmy® Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie; Julian Fellowes for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special; Maggie Smith (as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham) for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie; and Brian Percival for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special.
As series two unfolds, the lives of the Crawleys and the servants have been changed forever with the declaration of the Great War at the end of the first series.
Promoted to Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire, Robert (Hugh Bonneville) has new responsibilities and so does Downton, although the veritable head butler Mr Carson (Jim Carter) will no doubt be doing his utmost to ensure that standards have not slipped, even in the face of war.
A host of new faces are joining the first series cast favourites for the new season, including Zoe Boyle, Iain Glen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Amy Nuttall and Cal Macaninch.
Screening details for the eight-part second series of Downton Abbey will be released soon.