Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #5.1 

Tim Drewe guesses the parentage of Marigold, Mary receives another proposal from Tony, Violet plays matchmaker, Thomas continues to press Baxter for information with blackmail, and a flash fire threatens the mansion.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lady Edith Crawley
John Bates
Anthony Gillingham
Lady Mary Crawley
Joseph Molesley
Anna Bates
Lady Rose MacClare
Thomas Barrow
Tom Branson
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham


The general Election of 1924 brings a Labour government into power, to the consternation of Robert and Carson, though many of the staff are pleased to have a prime minister from the working class. A village delegation, building a war memorial to local dead, requests Carson, not Robert, to head its committee and the class-bound butler feels awkward, ensuring the earl is made a patron. Tim Drewe tells Lady Edith he knows that Marigold, the daughter he and his wife have adopted, is her child whilst Lady Mary receives another proposal from Tony Gillingham. Violet organizes a lunch party to match Isobel with Lord Merton though Isobel resists and at Robert and Cora's anniversary dinner supports Sarah Bunting and Tom's view that the war was futile. Robert immediately takes a dislike to Sarah. Barrow continues to pressurize Baxter to disclose damning information on John Bates but, encouraged by the adoring Molesley, she tells Cora her secret, that she was imprisoned for theft from an employer... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance





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4 January 2015 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The Dowager Countess tells Lady Shackleton that she "sounds like Mrs. Bennett," a reference to Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice. Guest stars Harriet Walter and Anna Chancellor have both appeared in Austen adaptations (Walter in Sense and Sensibility and Chancellor in Pride and Prejudice). Additionally, Anna Chancellor is a descendant of Jane Austen. See more »


The brunch scene in which the Dowager's butler, Spratt, snubs Dr. Clarkson was added for comedy, but would have been grossly out of character for any servant. Dr. Clarkson was a highly respected member of the village and held in higher esteem than Pratt, who could not have expected that he would only wait on nobles. In addition, Dr. Clarkson was an invited guest of the Dowager, who would not have been amused in the slightest if any of her servants had been rude to any of her guests. See more »


Mr. Carson: Is everything satisfactory, M'Lord?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: No, it isn't! And can you please keep Moseley in the kitchens until his hair stops turning blue?
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Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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