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Emmys 2011: 'Downton Abbey' wins for miniseries / TV movie

September 18, 2011 |  7:47 pm

PBS' Downton Abbey 
The PBS "Masterpiece Theatre" drama "Downton Abbey" won the Emmy for TV miniseries or movie on Sunday.

Created by Julian Fellowes, who won the Oscar for writing 2001's "Gosford Park," the stylish series is set in the stately English country home of an earl and countess and follows their lives as well as those of their servants just before World War I.

The series won Emmys for cinematography and costumes last week at the Creative Arts Emmys. "Downton Abbey" was the most successful British period drama on English TV since "Brideshead Revisited" 30 years earlier. The second season premieres on "Masterpiece" in  January 2012.

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards are being handed out at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and the show is being televised live on Fox TV. 


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Photo: "Downton Abbey." Credit: PBS