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?
It's revealed that Mr. Bates served with Lord Grantham in the army years prior to his arrival at Downton. Oddly enough Brendan Coyle
(Bates) and Hugh Bonneville
(Grantham) portrayed shipmates on an English naval submarine in the James Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies." See more
The first time we see Cora, she is in bed reading The Sketch. Years later she tells the editor of The Sketch that she never read it, but reads it all the time now that Edith is a contributor. See more
Cora, Countess of Grantham
Are we to be friends then?
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
[after a very long pause
We are allies, which can be a good deal more effective.
Referenced in Pick Me!: Episode #1.15
Opening Theme (From Downton Abbey)
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London See more