The Great War is making life at Downton feeling unsettled. Isobel has some surprising news about Matthew which ends up rocking the family even more. Ethel, a new maid at Downtown, manages to get on the wrong side of O'Brien. Bates returns and gives Anna some news which will change her life.
The Crawleys have been the Earls of Grantham since 1772. In the drawing rooms and library and beautiful bedrooms, with their tall windows looking across the park, lives the family, but below stairs are other residents, the servants, as fiercely possessive of their ranks as anyone above.
Some of them are loyal to the family and are committed to Downton as a way of life, others are moving through, on the look out for new opportunities or love or just adventure. The difference being that they know so many of the secrets of the family, while the family knows so few of theirs...
Downton Abbey - Series 2, Episode 1 Synopsis and Schedule