It was better than the description. Maybe they were trying to let us know that it wasn't Downton Abbey?
There is another Julian Fellowes film I added to my queue called Titanic, a four parter with a huge cast. Haven't watched it yet, but hopefully it is more about the real people and their compelling stories.
"Conservatism makes no poetry, breathes no prayer, has no invention; it is all memory." - Ralph Waldo Emerson