August 1920: Two social revolutions arrive at Downton Abbey: the Irish civil war and the fight for women's suffrage. A mysterious conspiracy keeps Anna and Bates apart.



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August 1920. At Ethel's request, Isobel and Mrs Hughes arrange a meeting with Mr and Mrs Bryant as Ethel believes her son Charlie would have a better life with them. The kindly Mrs Bryant offers money but Ethel, though it is heart-breaking for her, agrees that the couple should raise her son for his own benefit. Edith, incensed at the limits of women's suffrage, has an article published in the press, which annoys Robert, but he is even more angry when Tom and the pregnant Sybil arrive from Ireland. Tom is on the run as an I.R.A sympathiser who has attended their meetings and will be arrested if he returns to Dublin, making them exiles though Tom expresses a wish to return to his homeland. Handsome new footman Jimmy turns the heads of the maids - and Thomas - whilst Daisy is put out when Alfred seems smitten by new kitchen maid Ivy. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance


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Although there was a Drumgoole Castle once, it was no opulent edifice in 1920. The original Castle Drumgoole stood in County. Monaghan, not Dublin, and was captured by Oliver Cromwell in 1649 and subsequently remodeled as a hotel. Another fiction occurs when Mary regrets that her friend and fellow débutante, Laura Dunsany, is now homeless is equally false. The Lord of Drumgoole in 1920 had no daughters. See more »


Archbishop of York: I don't want to sound anti-Catholic.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Why not? I am.
Archbishop of York: Not in any real way, I'm sure.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I don't want thumb screws or the rack, but there always seems to be something of Johnny Foreigner about the Catholics.
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Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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Downton Abbey Episode #4
9 October 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Last week was not the best for Edith as she was left at the alter. Anna doesn't get a letter's from bates but also he gets nothing from her which must be something the prison is doing to punish someone. The maid who once worked at Downton as become a prostitute and Mrs. Crawley wants Mrs. Hughes to help with making her life better then the situation is. Robert reads that American women can vote but in England it still is not allowed. Anna tells Mrs. Hughes that she has not had a letter from Bates and is very sad about it. Bates seems to be getting on OK locked up but Carson teaching new workers is not going to well especially with Thomas listening into the conversation. Mrs. Hughes does help Ethel because Mrs. Crawley has seemed to be persuaded by Ethel to do what she wants her to do. Calls the house and she ends the call very quick making Edith suspicious that something is happening. Tom turns up at the house and Mary has to lie for him. Tom then tells everyone about what has happened. That the police are looking for him and Sybill with him running here. Robert gets very angry when he hears that Tom has left Sybill all by herself especially in the state she is in. Ethel then meets with the grand parents of her son while the father judges her and the mother try's to be the nicer one. Ethel doesn't except the offer she gets as she finds the man abusive and cruel. Even though she did not want to give her child away she knows it's for his best. When the guards do their daily checks the find something in the bed of Bates's roommate. Sybill finally gets to Downton and Tom is the one to great her. The family do not respect what Sybill or her husband has done as they do not understand the changing times. Tom is not allowed to step on Irish land or he will be arrested so he must stay at Downton for now. Bates finally gets a letter from Anna and they are in contact again. Carson does not like the toast maker as he try's to stop all the fire that comes up. Edith's statement about women's rights makes it into a newspaper which once again makes Robert mad. Daisy finally gets her new kitchen maid but Alfred likes her to. OK episode with it getting to melodramatic at times.

EPISODE GRADE: C+ (MVP: Hugh Bonneville)

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