Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #2.3 

Downton is turned into a convalescent hospital for the war wounded and through circumstances Thomas is given authority in its operation as Anna and Bates are briefly reunited and Branson plots against a heroic general dining at Downton.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
... Lady Sybil Crawley
... Lady Edith Crawley
... Charles Carson
... John Bates
... Lady Mary Crawley
... Sarah O'Brien
... Anna Smith
... William Mason
... Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
... Mrs. Hughes
... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
... Daisy Robinson
... Mrs. Patmore
... Ethel Parks


July 1917. As Isobel's plan to turn Downton into a hospital unites upstairs and downstairs in protest, O'Brien persuades Cora to make Thomas the hospital manager. Ethel enjoys the patients' attention whilst Edith earns respect as an auxiliary nurse. Chauffeur Branson, extolling the Russian Revolution, intends to be a conscientious objector but is rejected on medical grounds as former footman William, on his way to the trenches, proposes to Daisy. As Lang finds his trauma interferes with his work Anna discovers Bates working in a local pub. He tells her that Vera has been unfaithful and he is hopeful of a divorce. Violet and Rosamund learn that Carlisle coerced a reluctant Lavinia into exposing government secrets by using her father's debt - thus the engagement is still on. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

15 January 2012 (USA)  »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Branson mentions Alexander Karensky, the Socialist leader of Russia who overthrew the Czar in 1917. However, hiss rule was short-lived as the same year his government was in turn overthrown by the Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin. See more »


In the scene where Mr Carson helps Lord Grantham finish dressing after Mr Lang leaves the room, as they move in front of a mirror you can see the filming crew in it. See more »


Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Good. If anyone is to be in charge let it be our creature.
Isobel Crawley: Why. Are you planning to divide his loyalties?
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: I wouldn't say I was planning on it.
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Closing credits acknowledgement: "The red cross emblem used with kind permission of the UK Ministry of Defence and British Red Cross Society". See more »


Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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Downton Abbey becomes a hospital
20 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Lady Cora and Mrs. Crawley clash as they run the beautiful estate turned convalescent home, and the Crawleys adjust to their new life and help the wounded. Anna locates Bates with the help of Lady Mary, who, meanwhile, finds it hard to reveal that she still loves Matthew.

Lady Edith is finally recognized for her good work, and I feel glad for her. Mrs. Crawley acts bossy, which annoys Lady Cora. Miss O'Brien still feels guilty for what she had done to Lady Cora, and she tries to make things right by making her mistress happy.

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