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This British drama series follows the lives of the Crawley family and its servants in the familys classic Georgian country house. The series begins with the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, which leaves Downton Abbeys future in jeopardy, since the presumptive heirs of Robert, Earl of Grantham -- his cousin James, and James son, Patrick -- die in the catastrophe, leaving the family without a male offspring to take over Downton when the current lord dies. The point is important since Lord Grantham