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‘Downton Abbey’ and History: A Look Back

“Downton Abbey,” which returns for its fifth season on PBS on Sunday, weaves a surprising amount of authentic historical context into its plots. A multimedia timeline explores the show’s period details, and how those events have been covered in The New York Times.

Carson (Jim Carter), Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan), Anna (Joanne Froggatt), and Bates (Brendan Coyle) in Downton Abbey Series 3, Part 6