The Crawleys Are Back: Why The World Loves Downton Abbey

September 18, 2014 9:46 PM

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The Crawleys Are Back: Why The World Loves Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey sweeps back on to Sunday-night television in Britain this weekend, much to the delight of its avid fan base. While the British public has long had a love affair with costume drama -- not to mention Dame Maggie Smith -- the rest of the world has also taken the show to its bosom.

"Nobody in their right mind could have predicted what happened, when it sort of went viral," Julian Fellowes, the show's creator, told The New York Times last year.

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