Here are the first shots from the second series of Downton Abbey, recommissioned for ITV1 this autumn after averaging over 8 million viewers for the first three programmes of its initial run and breaking records for a single episode viewing on the ITV Player. Thankfully it looks as if Lord and Lady Grantham have made it through the early days of World War I unscathed. Look out, too, for Amy Nuttall (top) as a new member of the house staff – we’d wager she has a murky past. We hear this series will see Downton transformed into a convalescent home for wounded veterans – might treacherous footman Thomas be one of them?
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