April 1912:- The heir to the title of Earl of Grantham, long time inhabitant 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 ... Written by
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Did You Know?
In the opening Mrs. Patmore tells William to take the "kedgeree" up to the dining room. A kedgeree is a dish of flaked fish, boiled rice, parsley and hard-boiled eggs. See more
Lord Crawley converses with Carson about Bates' suitability. Crawley pets the dog and says, "I know all about hard decisions when it comes to the honor of Downton, don't I, boy?" Isis is a GIRL (at least in the script!) See more
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Don't you care about Downton?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
What do you think? I have given my life to Downton. I was born here, and I hope to die here. I claim no career beyond the nurture of this house and the estate. It's my third parent and my fourth child.
Opening Theme (From Downton Abbey)
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London See more