I recently noticed that Season 2 of the PBS show Downton Abbey was recently added to Amazon Prime Video. I had been waiting to watch the series on Netflix for a while.
After deciding to sit down and start season 2, I noticed the title said “Original UK Version”. UK Version? Is there a difference between the US and UK version?
After watching Season 1 on PBS here in the United States, I was concerned that I would be lost if I started watching the UK version of Season 2. It turns out I might be right. Apparently both versions have the same actors and story, but the US version has 2 whole hours edited out. You can find a very detailed list of things missing from the United States version of the show here. From what I gather, whoever did this decided that Americans just not care about deeper story-lines. So they made two different versions of the show.
So how do Downton Abbey fans in the United States watch the full, unedited version of the show? It seems the only option is to get the Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection – Original UK Edition on DVD or Blu-ray.