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BBC
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A chronicle of the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era—with great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy.

Season 1

Aired 11 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. MORE -LESS

Aired 11 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. MORE -LESS

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No.
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Who's going to tell them? You?
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Typical Branson to be there.
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You know what these things can be like. I do.
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Oh, Granny! I knew you wouldn't approve. Which, presumably,
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Is there anything you want me to do about it?
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Well, he can't, can he? Not if we get in first.
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Robert.
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He's been in Austria and Germany.
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But a poet in need of an empire.
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When you put it like that, of course you wouldn't.
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You should ask Mr Carson, My Lady. It's not my place to tell.
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Talking of sunny, are you looking forward to your coming season?
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But then, I like a good argument. Papa does not.
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Start there. 'I am sorry...'
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She couldn't manage it alone. So, how did she do it?
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Can't you just explain about Thomas? No, no.
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We don't think our dreams are bound to come true, because...
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Well, I thought I'd make a last hot poultice for Diamond.
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I'm glad to catch you.
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Where to from here, My Lady?
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But I'd love to. Shouldn't you ask what sort of concert it is?
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You're always dozy, but tonight you make Sleeping Beauty look alert.
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..5,894 votes.
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My God!
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There are plenty of children in grander circumstances who'd love to say the same.
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Mr Carson, have you got a minute? What is it, Daisy?
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I'm not sure Papa knows the difference.
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None of it! Until he set foot in our house.
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Not really. But I'm glad I was there. So am I, by heaven.
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I don't think I was wrong, no.
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Are you?
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But, if you were to proceed with the matter, you would find them to be proven.
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Perhaps not. But it's enough of it to demand...
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When you laugh with me or... flirt with me...
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As fresh as the day they were spoken.
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Because there isn't one.
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Heavens! What did they put in them I'm serious.
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Oh, my darling!
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Aired 11 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. MORE -LESS

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- Neither do I, really, but... - She ought to be married.
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- What from? - She had a bit of a turn.
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It just seems there's been too much death in the house.
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You've met my father.
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Only four people know he was in her room that night.
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Not now every Tom, Dick and Harry seems to have a motor.
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Only you were saying how you felt so uncomfortable in there.
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It's easy to be generous when you have nothing to lose.
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I was just polishing it before I put it back.
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But I can read it to you, if that's the problem.
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The one who drowned. That was different.
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Sometimes it wouldn't be right.
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Oh, I thought I was in for another telling off about the hospital.
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Is he to be sacrificed on the altar of Molesley's ambition?
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Mr Carson says he'll fetch the police if she's not back soon.
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I'm sure they'll get plenty of offers.
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So...did you get the job?
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Only she's been talking recently
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O'Brien, I wonder if you might leave us?
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My dear, Mrs Crawley believes I am profiting from an unfair advantage.
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In fact, I'm on my way to inspect the cottages.
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His Lordship is missing a very valuable snuff box.
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Mama, not again. How many times am I to be ordered
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Kemal.
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Fewer?
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Shouldn't we tell? Certainly not.
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We can't fight progress, but we must find ways to soften the blow.
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Bring fruit, bring cheese, bring anything to take this taste away!
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Where?
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As for you giggling like a schoolgirl with Cousin Matthew!
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On the contrary.
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Heavens, is that the time?
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What are you talking about?
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They wouldn't dare. Really, Robert. You make me so annoyed.
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Whatever it is you're keeping secret.
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(HORSES APPROACH)
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but I do not quite fit their requirements.
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You have to admit it's quite funny.
Aired 11 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. MORE -LESS

Aired 11 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. MORE -LESS

Aired 11 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 MORE -LESS

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They'll push one of the daughters at me.
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Daisy, did you hear me call or have you gone selectively deaf?
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We're delighted to be here.
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Well, we could always start with Mrs Crawley and Lady Grantham.
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In a way, he set up his own memorial.
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We'll discuss this later. We mustn't bore the ladies.
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Oh. Fancy.
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that reflects the pride and dignity of the family he serves.
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(SOBS)
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Why do you always have to pretend to be nicer than the rest of us?
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Thomas was in the library when old Violet came in from the garden.
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Sir. No, thank you.
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Er...
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Injection of adrenalin is a comparatively new procedure.
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I've got my opinions, m'lady, same as anybody.
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I don't think that's fair. Not here in the servants' hall.
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I thought these would make a change. Where are my usual ones?
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It makes no difference to Sybil and me.
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Oh, you exaggerate!
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and he'll sort it out for you.
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We're missing a sugar sifter. I know I put three out.
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Her father's home and her mother's fortune are to be passed to me.
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Oh, well enough.
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And let her ruin me with a nasty reference?
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Well, obviously it's... No, you don't love it.
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Does Mr Carson know?
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Uh-uh, don't come all high and mighty with me.
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Oh, aye, I'll not mind waiting in here.
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Oh.
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We were a double act. On the halls.
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(SCOFFS) You did not!
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Oh, it's nice to see someone's got some manners.
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just like the rest of us! Perhaps.
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We'll have to treat him like a god for a month to calm his nerves.
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Meanwhile, we have to watch that dreadful woman
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Will you prepare Mr Drake for his procedure, please?
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Your ladyship.
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Cousin Isobel wants something to do? Very well.
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Would you find me very ungrateful if I dispensed with his services?
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I'm afraid Papa wants to teach Granny a lesson.
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Who wants an old sea monster when they can have Perseus?
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So no more of that, please.
Aired 11 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. MORE -LESS