Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern, at the heart of Downton’s aristocratic family


Territories to have taken the period piece include Albania, Australia, Belgium, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Norway, Poland and Spain.

“Downton Abbey was a tremendous hit out of the gate and we knew we had something very special on our hands,” said Belinda Menendez, president,NBC Universal International Television Distribution & Universal Networks International.

Throughout season one of Downton Abbey, UK viewing figures grew from 9.5 million for the premier episode to 12.8 million for the last episode, capturing a 36% audience share.

Downton Abbey’s most recent launch in Spain on March 15, 2011 delivered 3.2 million viewers garnering a 17% audience share for Antena 3.

Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey portrays the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them.

The series stars Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham and Elizabeth McGovern as Robert’s wife, Cora, Countess of Grantham.

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