Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #1.5 

Bates sees Thomas stealing a bottle of wine, the footman tries to frame him for petty theft, and Mrs. Crawley tries to convince the Dowager Countess to surrender her annual entitlement prize for best bloom in the village.


Brian Kelly


Julian Fellowes (written and created by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Bonneville ... Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Jessica Brown Findlay ... Lady Sybil Crawley
Laura Carmichael ... Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter ... Charles Carson
Brendan Coyle ... John Bates
Michelle Dockery ... Lady Mary Crawley
Siobhan Finneran ... Sarah O'Brien
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Smith
Thomas Howes ... William Mason
Robert James-Collier ... Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
Rose Leslie ... Gwen Dawson
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera ... Daisy Robinson
Lesley Nicol ... Mrs. Patmore


August 1913. O'Brien and Thomas continue to spread their malice, ensuring that Lady Edith learns from Daisy where Kemal died and attempting to frame John Bates for the theft of a snuff-box though Anna, clearly fond of John, ensures the plan backfires on them. Thomas's gossip also discredits Lady Mary's eligibility as a bride and the family must entertain the middle-aged Sir Anthony Strallen as a prospective husband. Mary is bored by him and it brings her closer to Matthew but Edith seems genuinely interested in him. Mrs. Patmore, the cook, must accept that her eyesight is failing and Lady Sybil continues to encourage Gwen in her secretarial applications whilst Isobel actually teaches Lady Violet some altruism at the annual produce show. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

23 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The story-line involving the "Flower Show" is a mirror of a story-line from the film, "Mrs. Miniver," in which commoner Mr. Ballard enters his rose in a flower show against Lady Beldon, who always won. See more »


Daisy says "I hate this room" when making the fire in Lady Mary's room. She has a flashback to the scene where Lady Mary and Lady Grantham and Anna are carrying My Pamuk in the way of explaining why she hates the room. But they weren't carrying the dead Mr Pamuk near Lady Mary's room when Daisy saw them, they were carrying him into his guest room which was on the other end of the gallery. See more »


Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Really, Mary, I wish you wouldn't talk like that. There will come a day when someone thinks you really mean what you say.
Lady Mary Crawley: It can't come soon enough.
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References Mrs. Miniver (1942) See more »


Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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17 December 2017 | by jp281995See all my reviews

Lady Mary and Lady Edith go against each other and compete, while Mrs. Crawley thinks the Dowager Countess makes herself win in a flower contest.

It's really fun to see and watch the Dowager Countess "fighting" with Matthew's mother. She provides laughter in this series. She is definitely my favorite character now.

I also feel bad for Lady Edith here.

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