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A Moorland Holiday 

Autumn of 1924. It's grouse shooting season and Rose's father-in-law invites the Crawley family to a shooting party in Northumberland.



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Thomas Barrow (as Robert James-Collier)


It's grouse-shooting season, and Rose's father-in-law, Lord Sinderby, has rented out Brancaster Castle in Northumberland and invited the Crawley family to a shooting party. Stowell, the Sinderbys' butler, has an ax to grind and a scandalous secret threatens to undermine the holiday. Surprises are in store as the families become better acquainted with each other and some new faces arrive on the scene. Meanwhile, the servants hold the fort back at Downton. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance





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1 March 2015 (USA)  »

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16 : 9
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The year of the episode is 1924. The Bentley driven by Mr. Tolbert is a 1927 Bentley 3 Litre, chassis number RE1400 that was delivered to the original buyer in November, 1926. See more »


Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [to Robert] Why do you always treat me as if I were a salmon who laid my eggs in the gravel and then swam back to the sea?
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Visually pretty but a little flat
2 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It was a visually lovely episode, and I liked that several problems were resolved; 1) Lord Sinderby's attitude problem (although Aticus now has a little illegitimate brother), 2) Edith's child is no longer a secret with Lord Grantham and Tom. Then Fellowes flogs another murder scenario (I'm a lawyer, they hadn't enough to arrest Anna.) Mary seems to have no end of admirers, but not one ever criticizes her obnoxious superior attitude toward others, her lack of interest in the world around her (she's the Dowager Countess reborn) or her lack of any real accomplishments; she thinks she's the perpetual débutante, like Scarlet O'Hara; Mary has title and money, but she's beginning to age and not a nice person. Edith is mooning over Marigold and ignoring her publishing house; I'd like to see her carve out a great career and a life in London, and it makes no sense that she's not offering Tom a job as a writer; he'd be close by with Sybbie, could have a London life, and still influence changes in the estate. Tom is way too nice for Mary, but would be a perfect match for Edith. The Granthams were just dull, and I was disappointed in Mrs. Crawley's decision. This finale could have been so much better if they'd opened up some new avenues for season 6 instead of wasting time on old plot traps. IMO, Season 2 was amazingly good with the War as a backdrop, and I'd like to see something similar in Season 6, perhaps with depression and the rise of fascism.

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