Season 4 of “Downton Abbey,” the hit British period drama series, premiered in the US on Sunday January 5 and trended globally.
Season 4 of “Downton Abbey,” the hit British period drama series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece, had its US television premiere on Sunday January 5. In its US premier, the Google trends register it as the most searched TV series for more than two days after its debut. It is an award-winning, record-breaking series in the UK and has garnered quite a following and numerous accolades in the US as well, including a Golden Globe award and several Prime time Emmy nominations.
“Downton Abbey” follows the intertwining lives and stories of the Crawley family. The family and their manor are fictitious, but their exploits play out against the backdrop of numerous true historical events, The series’ narrative began in 1912 and has spanned more than a decade in its preceding three seasons.
The series stars Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham. Elizabeth McGovern portrays his wife, Cora. Other notable characters include Lady Sybil Branson, played by Jessica Brown Findlay, and Tom Branson, played by Allen Leech.
The epic nature of the setting and timeline make for an intriguing and engaging series. Also, much of the draw emanates from the relatability of the family dynamic to people in a time, place, and social status so far removed from much of the audience. These factors have culminated into an artistic and commercial success for Fellowes, Carnival Films, and Masterpiece.
The popularity of “Downton Abbey” is international and timeless. It has secured a place in the annals of television history. Season 4 promises to continue the series’ precedent of excellence. Explore Talent will keep you posted on its progress!Image courtesy of the Downton Abbey official website.