Aired 12 years ago - Nov 07, 2010
July 1914. In London former suitor Evelyn Napier assures Lady Mary that it was Edith, not he,who spread gossip about her and Kemal. Mary counters by wrecking her sister's marriage plans with Sir Anthony. Robert is reluctant to dismiss John even
though O'Brien and Thomas have obtained a letter claiming that he stole from a previous employer. Anna accompanies Mrs. Patmore to London for eye tests,resulting in corrective surgery and whilst there,discovers that John took the blame for the theft for his ex-wife Vera, a fact which Robert is pleased to hear. Thomas, fed up at his failure to get John sacked,and sensing war on the way,joins the Army Medical Corps whilst Sybil finally gets Gwen her secretarial post. Cora is pregnant, a fact which puts the proposed marriage between Mary and Matthew in doubt, should the baby be a son and heir. However,thanks to O'Brien leaving a bar of soap on the floor, Cora slips and miscarries. All the staff except O'Brien cheer William on as he beats Thomas up for his unfeeling remarks on the loss. Matthew nonetheless feels that the engagement was only an act of pragmatism likely to be altered if an heir had been born and decides to leave Downton Abbey. But everybody's news is overshadowed as they hear that,as expected,Britain is at war with Germany.
Aired 12 years ago - Oct 31, 2010
May 1914. Encouraged by politically aware chauffeur Tom Branson, the socially conscious Lady Sybil espouses politics as a means of aiding equality for women and the lower classes, to her father's anger. At a political meeting she is injured in a
scuffle and rescued by Matthew. A grateful Lady Mary accepts Matthew's proposal of marriage but tells her mother she feels she should come clean about Kemal to him. Rumours about this indiscretion are now rife and Cora tells her mother-in-law how she helped Mary move the body. Edith continues to see more and more of Sir Anthony whilst O'Brien and Thomas continue to persecute John. They tell Carson they saw him steal wine and get Daisy to support them. However Daisy does the decent thing and admits she was put up to it. Bizarrely, John, though he knows Thomas to be the wine thief, offers no explanation, confessing to being a former alcoholic and offering his resignation.
Who's going to tell them? You?
Typical Branson to be there.
You know what these things
can be like. I do.
Oh, Granny! I knew you wouldn't
approve. Which, presumably,
Is there anything
you want me to do about it?
Well, he can't, can he?
Not if we get in first.
He's been in Austria and Germany.
But a poet in need of an empire.
When you put it like that,
of course you wouldn't.
You should ask Mr Carson, My Lady.
It's not my place to tell.
Talking of sunny, are you looking
forward to your coming season?
But then, I like a good argument.
Papa does not.
Start there. 'I am sorry...'
She couldn't manage it alone.
So, how did she do it?
Can't you just explain about Thomas?
We don't think our dreams
are bound to come true, because...
Well, I thought I'd make
a last hot poultice for Diamond.
I'm glad to catch you.
Where to from here, My Lady?
But I'd love to. Shouldn't you
ask what sort of concert it is?
You're always dozy, but tonight
you make Sleeping Beauty look alert.
There are plenty of children in grander
circumstances who'd love to say the same.
Mr Carson, have you got a minute?
What is it, Daisy?
I'm not sure Papa
knows the difference.
None of it!
Until he set foot in our house.
Not really. But I'm glad
I was there. So am I, by heaven.
I don't think I was wrong, no.
But, if you were to proceed with the
matter, you would find them to be proven.
But it's enough of it to demand...
When you laugh with me or...
flirt with me...
As fresh as the day
they were spoken.
Because there isn't one.
Heavens! What did they
put in them I'm serious.
Oh, my darling!
Aired 12 years ago - Oct 24, 2010
August 1913. O'Brien and Thomas continue to spread their malice,ensuring that Lady Edith learns from Daisy where Kemal died and attempting to frame John Bates for the theft of a snuff-box though Anna,clearly fond of John,ensures the plan backfires
on them. Thomas's gossip also discredits Lady Mary's eligibility as a bride and the family must entertain the middle-aged Sir Anthony Strallen as a prospective husband. Mary is bored by him and it brings her closer to Matthew but Edith seems genuinely interested in him. Mrs. Patmore,the cook,must accept that her eye-sight is failing and Lady Sybil continues to encourage Gwen in her secretarial applications whilst Isobel actually teaches Lady Violet some altruism at the annual produce show.
- Neither do I, really, but...
- She ought to be married.
- What from?
- She had a bit of a turn.
It just seems there's been
too much death in the house.
You've met my father.
Only four people know
he was in her room that night.
Not now every Tom, Dick and Harry
seems to have a motor.
Only you were saying how you felt
so uncomfortable in there.
It's easy to be generous
when you have nothing to lose.
I was just polishing it
before I put it back.
But I can read it to you,
if that's the problem.
The one who drowned.
That was different.
Sometimes it wouldn't be right.
Oh, I thought I was in for another
telling off about the hospital.
Is he to be sacrificed on the altar
of Molesley's ambition?
Mr Carson says he'll fetch the
police if she's not back soon.
I'm sure they'll get plenty
So...did you get the job?
Only she's been talking recently
I wonder if you might leave us?
My dear, Mrs Crawley believes I am
profiting from an unfair advantage.
In fact, I'm on my way
to inspect the cottages.
His Lordship is missing
a very valuable snuff box.
Mama, not again.
How many times am I to be ordered
Shouldn't we tell?
We can't fight progress, but we must
find ways to soften the blow.
Bring fruit, bring cheese, bring
anything to take this taste away!
As for you giggling like
a schoolgirl with Cousin Matthew!
On the contrary.
Heavens, is that the time?
What are you talking about?
They wouldn't dare. Really, Robert.
You make me so annoyed.
Whatever it is you're keeping secret.
but I do not quite fit
You have to admit it's quite funny.
Aired 12 years ago - Oct 17, 2010
May 1913. A fair comes to the village and here Mrs. Hughes meets up with an old flame,Joe,who once asked her to marry him and does so again but once more she refuses. Despite being gay Thomas escorts Daisy to the fair purely out of spite as he knows
William is fond of her. The gesture is not lost on either John Bates or Mrs. Hughes. Gwen is not called for interview for the secretarial post but Sybil agrees to support future applications. A new chauffeur, Tom Branson, arrives. He is well-read and politically aware. Having got one over on Isobel regarding a medical diagnosis,Violet attempts to talk Robert out of a need for an arranged marriage but fails. Mary,seeing herself as no more than a commodity,unburdens herself to Matthew and they get a little closer.
I would rather be
put to death, milord.
The entail's unbreakable.
Mary cannot inherit.
We'll walk to the
Rub a little in morning and night.
do you think Robert has thrown
in the towel prematurely?
Is Daisy going to the fair
tonight with the others?
Branson, you'll be taking
Lady Sybil to Ripon tomorrow.
According to the wine book,
we should have six dozen of this.
May I ask why?
Apart from the great
matter, of course.
If you wait in the library,
I'll tell Papa you're here.
I'm fear I let the servants
go down to the fair, milord.
Yes, it must have been
hard for you when Ivy died.
Thank you, Branson.
Oh, go home, William.
do you fancy a promotion?
If you don't lay off, I
will punch your shining teeth
My fortune is the work of others
But I take it there's
been no improvement?
something he never
wanted or envisaged.
and you're not the girl for him.
EDITH: Were you pleased with
the work on the cottages?
"Matthew this, Matthew that,
Matthew, Matthew, Matthew!"
Everyone likes you better than him.
There will never be anyone
less suited for the post
and you couldn't think
what you ever saw in him?
Aired 12 years ago - Oct 10, 2010
March 1913. Gwen,one of the maids,has bought a typewriter and has applied for a secretarial post. Most of the staff are dismissive of her aspirations but the family - except Violet of course - are supportive and youngest daughter Sybil offers to
supply a reference. Evelyn Napier,considered an eligible catch for Mary, arrives for the hunt,bringing his handsome friend Kemal Pamuk,a Turkish diplomat,who throws himself at her. He goes to her room at night for sex,during which he dies of a heart attack. Mary,Cora and head housemaid Anna return the body to his room and agree to say nothing but are seen by Daisy the kitchen maid. The gruesome twosome of O'Brien and Thomas are also suspicious. Matthew spends a delightful day with Edith,the youngest daughter,whilst Mrs. Hughes literally helps Bates out of a painful situation and they become friendly.
Is that sufficient reason
to give him your money?
Then, Saturday it is.
Why is that down here? Who's been
in my room? They had no right.
What's wrong with being in service?
Nothing's wrong with it
or perhaps Easingwold.
you will ride out with him.
Hey, come on. Sit down.
I'm lucky to be a maid.
Let me help you. I'm perfectly
all right, thank you, Mrs Hughes.
Don't worry about Kemal,
he knows what he's doing on a horse.
Will she stay with the hunt
the whole day?
This is Thomas, sir.
He'll be looking after you.
But I will make you an offer.
Our dentist is horrid.
Why go to him, then?
Mary has more suitors tonight than
the Princess Aurora.
since I should hate to see you cast
out into the darkness,
Well, I'll ring the bell, then.
I'm not what you think I am.
He couldn't lift him.
Now...we must decide what to do
for the best.
I feel that I can never forgive what
you have put me through this night.
I don't think Mr Pamuk bothered
with cocoa much, or books.
Write to them today and name me as
I do not consider myself
a very interesting person.
I thought it was for Mr Carson
to give me orders.
Oh, Granny, even the English aren't
in control of everything.
I wasn't even thinking about that.
and it is.
I wish you'd tell me what's wrong,
Aired 12 years ago - Oct 03, 2010
September 1912. Designated heir Matthew Crawley and his mother Isobel arrive and move into a house in the grounds of Downton Abbey but Matthew is uncomfortable with having servants and is not keen on an arranged marriage - something he has in common
with Lady Mary. Robert's mother Violet looks down on them as they are not from her class - Matthew is a working solicitor and Isobel,a trained nurse and doctor's widow,who nonetheless impresses when she helps at the local hospital and saves the life of one of Robert's tenants. Cora upbraids the two nastiest servants,O'Brien and Thomas,for sneering at the Crawleys but impresses upon Mary the financial need for the marriage. Carson is blackmailed by Grigg, a man with whom he once had a music-hall act but Robert takes his part and sees Grigg off. Whilst Carson feels foolish for having a less than aristocratic past he is supported by Bates and the two men become friends
They'll push one of the daughters
Daisy, did you hear me call
or have you gone selectively deaf?
We're delighted to be here.
Well, we could always start with
Mrs Crawley and Lady Grantham.
In a way,
he set up his own memorial.
We'll discuss this later.
We mustn't bore the ladies.
that reflects the pride and dignity
of the family he serves.
Why do you always have to pretend
to be nicer than the rest of us?
Thomas was in the library when
old Violet came in from the garden.
No, thank you.
Injection of adrenalin is
a comparatively new procedure.
I've got my opinions, m'lady,
same as anybody.
I don't think that's fair.
Not here in the servants' hall.
I thought these would make a change.
Where are my usual ones?
It makes no difference
to Sybil and me.
Oh, you exaggerate!
and he'll sort it out for you.
We're missing a sugar sifter.
I know I put three out.
Her father's home and her mother's
fortune are to be passed to me.
Oh, well enough.
And let her ruin me
with a nasty reference?
Well, obviously it's...
No, you don't love it.
Does Mr Carson know?
Uh-uh, don't come
all high and mighty with me.
I'll not mind waiting in here.
We were a double act. On the halls.
(SCOFFS) You did not!
Oh, it's nice to see
someone's got some manners.
just like the rest of us!
We'll have to treat him like a god
for a month to calm his nerves.
Meanwhile, we have to watch
that dreadful woman
Will you prepare Mr Drake
for his procedure, please?
Cousin Isobel wants something to do?
Would you find me very ungrateful
if I dispensed with his services?
I'm afraid Papa
wants to teach Granny a lesson.
Who wants an old sea monster
when they can have Perseus?
So no more of that, please.
Aired 12 years ago - Sep 26, 2010
April 1912:- The heir to the title of Earl of Grantham,long time inhabitants of Downton Abbey,perishes on the 'Titanic'. Robert,the benevolent current earl,owes his wealth to his American wife Cora but they have only three daughters,who cannot
inherit by law,so another heir must be found by marrying off Mary,the eldest girl. The Duke of Crowborough is a possibility but he is a closet gay who only has eyes for Thomas,the handsome but obnoxious footman,and soon departs. Robert's mother,the dowager,and Cora decide that the next best candidate is Matthew Crawley,a distant cousin,but Cora knows that the spirited Mary will not be happy with their choice. Downstairs there is also unrest as Thomas is passed over for promotion to valet in favour of Robert's batman from the Boer War,John Bates,who now limps due to a war wound. Along with Cora's maid Miss O'Brien, Thomas schemes to discredit Bates in the eyes of butler Carson and forces his resignation but Robert intervenes and keeps him on.Thomas vents his anger on second footman William but he has an ally in the sensible housekeeper Mrs. Hughes.
To dry the ink, silly.
Her Ladyship was the colour of this cloth.
But how can you manage?
Don't worry about that. I can manage.
Is this a public holiday
no-one's told me of?
We are allies, my dear.
I suppose he can lift a meat pie.
In fact, I hear the Canadians
are making quite a thing
Yes. Owing to the terms of her settlement,
No, I don't know if anything's been settled.
You're probably right.
I'd bet you a tanner he's a
spy in the other direction.
I was only going to marry him
if nothing better turned up.
I know you're sad about Patrick,
whatever you say, I know it.
24 years ago you married Cora,
against my wishes, for her money.
Does anyone else keep
dreaming about the Titanic?
He feels he'd be betraying his duty
if Downton were lost because of him.
to welcome a duke under our roof.
My man was taken ill just
as I was leaving, so I...
He didn't spoil anything. He fell over.
Oh, dear. If I answer truthfully,
you'll think me rather forward.
Can I help you, my Lady?
We were just exploring.
Have you recovered from
your fall this afternoon?
Then I do hope you'll come and
inspect my little cottage.
I thought I'd take something up to Mr Bates,
But you ought perhaps to know that I
do not intend to fight the entail,
A few weeks of madness in a London Season?
than I could betray my country.