Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #1.6 

O'Brien and Thomas continue their efforts to frame Bates, Mary falls in love with Matthew, and Sybil is injured in a political disturbance and Branson is blamed.


Brian Percival


Julian Fellowes (written and created by), Tina Pepler

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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


May 1914. Encouraged by politically aware chauffeur Tom Branson, the socially conscious Lady Sybil espouses politics as a means of aiding equality for women and the lower classes, to her father's anger. At a political meeting she is injured in a scuffle and rescued by Matthew. Lady Mary tells her mother she has received a marriage proposal from Matthew, but tells her mother she feels she should come clean about Kemal to him. Rumours about this indiscretion are now rife and Cora tells her mother-in-law how she helped Mary move the body. Edith continues to see more and more of Sir Anthony whilst O'Brien and Thomas continue to persecute John. They tell Carson they saw him steal wine and get Daisy to support them. However, Daisy does the decent thing and admits she was put up to it. Bizarrely, John, though he knows Thomas to be the wine thief, offers no explanation, confessing to being a former alcoholic and offering his resignation. 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
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Did You Know?


Although it is not mentioned by Branson, in May, 1914, when the episode takes place, Britain's House of Commons passed Irish Home Rule. See more »


William's mother is ill and he says the family farm is too far away for a visit, he has to wait till he has some time off to go there. Yet in season 3, after William died in the war in season 2, the farm is all of a sudden so close that Daisy can walk there to visit William's father. And he shows up at Downton frequently. See more »


Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Poor old Edith. We never seem to talk about her.
Cora, Countess of Grantham: I'm afraid Edith will be the one to care for us in our old age.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: What a ghastly prospect!
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Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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Good episode
18 December 2017 | by jp281995See all my reviews

Lady Sybil and the family's new chauffeur Branson go watch a political rally and she is badly injured. Lady Mary is falling in-love with Matthew. Downstairs, Sarah O'Brien and Thomas Barrows are plotting to get rid of the kind Mr. Bates.

I like this episode. I really love Lady Sybil. O'Brien and Barrows are despicable but really, these characters are very well-portrayed by fine actors.

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