The ITV series, now airing its second season in the UK, received awards for 'Outstanding Miniseries', 'Outstanding Writing' and 'Outstanding Directing', with Dame Maggie Smith winning the category for 'Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries'.
Created by actor/writer Julian Fellowes, for the Brit media company Carnival Films, "Downton Abbey" is set during the English 'Edwardian' era at the estate of the 'Earl' and 'Countess of Grantham', following the lives of the aristocratic 'Crawley' family and their servants early in the reign of 'King George V'.
The first season spans the two years prior to the 'Great War' WWI, commencing with news of the sinking of the 'Titanic', that sets the story in motion.
The second season covers the years 1916 to 1918.
Series one of "Downton Abbey" , airs