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|Series 1 ⇐||⇒ Series 3|
|No. of episodes||8 + Christmas Special|
|Series premiere air date|| September 18th, 2011 (UK)|
January 8th, 2012 (US)
|Directors|| Ashley Pearce|
Series Two of Downton Abbey consists of eight episodes and a Christmas Special. The series runs from the Battle of the Somme in 1916 to the servant's ball in very early 1920. It premiered on the 18th September 2011 on ITV1, in the U.S. on the 8th January 2012 and on the 27th of May, 2012 in Australia. The viewing figures significantly increased compared with series one, with an average of 11 million viewers per episode.
The series covers events including the Battle of the Somme in 1916, the Battle of Amiens and the Armistice in 1918, the Russian Revolution and the Spanish flu epidemic; on the domestic front there is a serious shortage of able-bodied men for home front jobs. There is also the appointment of David Lloyd George (whom the Dowager Countess despises) as Prime Minister and his creation of the wartime coalition. Matthew Crawley, Thomas Barrow and William Mason are off fighting in the war; Tom Branson, an Irishman, is unsure that he wants to fight for Britain; and Robert Crawley cannot serve due to his age. Sybil Crawley defies her aristocratic position and joins the Voluntary Aid Detachment as a nurse.
Filming began in March 2011 and the series stars: Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Brendan Coyle, Rob James-Collier, Dan Stevens, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt, Phyllis Logan and Allen Leech.
Cal Macaninch, Iain Glen, Amy Nuttall, Zoe Boyle and Maria Doyle Kennedy joined the cast as, respectively, the new valet Lang, Sir Richard Carlisle, the new Housemaid Ethel, Lavinia Swire and John Bates' wife Vera.
- Episode 2.01
- Episode 2.02
- Episode 2.03
- Episode 2.04
- Episode 2.05
- Episode 2.06
- Episode 2.07
- Episode 2.08
- Episode 2.09 - 2011 Christmas Special