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Charles leaves, Mary having appointed Tim Drewe as pig-man, but when Anthony Gillingham's projected visit to Downton is announced Mary detects from Anna's reaction that something is wrong and learns the rapist's identity. The visit passes without incident, though Mary turns down a proposal from Anthony, who has broken off his engagement. Mary is alarmed when Rose tells her she is marrying Jack Ross and goes to see the singer. Lady Rosamund plans to take Edith to Switzerland to have her baby and put it up for adoption, but Violet is suspicious. Robert returns for the annual fete and Alfred comes back for a funeral, proposing to Ivy, who declines. Meanwhile, Isobel attracts the admiration of Lord Merton and Molesley forms a friendship with Baxter, though he is curious as to her relationship with Barrow. Written by don @ minifie-1

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At approximately the 28:00 mark, in a scene where the Dowager Countess interrogates Aunt Rosamund and Lady Edith about their plans to travel to Switzerland for four months, the statue of Mercury keeps appearing and disappearing over the Countess' right shoulder. See more »


Sarah Bunting: [referring to the Crawleys] It makes me take a kinder view of the family.
Tom Branson: What do you have against them?
Sarah Bunting: Nothing, but as a rule I don't usually warm to their type.
Tom Branson: I don't believe in types. I believe in people.
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Downton Abbey The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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Very Much a Feeling pf Deja Vu
12 November 2013 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I have to admit that this is the very first episode of DOWNTON ABBEY that I have ever seen. This is mostly due to the fact that I live most of my time in a country where it has not yet been broadcast. On first viewing, I have to admit a terrible feeling of déja vu. Having grown up on UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS in the Seventies, I feel that DOWNTON ABBEY largely steals most of its ideas from that earlier series - especially its focus on the contrasting lives of masters and their servants. DOWNTON ABBEY has its plus points: a clutch of good performances led by Maggie Smith as the old dowager, Hugh Bonneville as the Earl of Grantham and Jim Carter as Carson the butler. The story-lines are the stuff of soap opera, where history matters less than personal issues; this is what renders the series so compelling. There are some irritating aspects: the script contains some unfortunate anachronisms (no one in the mid-twentieth century would have referred to their nearest and dearest as "loved ones"), and there are the obligatory heritage film shots of the family home with cars pulling up and driving away, and the rolling Yorkshire landscapes (this type of shot was clichéd even in the Eighties). But the characters are memorable, and the script contains sufficient hooks for viewers to keep watching week after week to see what happens. This is really what separates a good from an average historical drama series.

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