Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Spring of 1920. Wedding guests descend on Downton Abbey, where disasters threaten. One of which is Cora's freewheeling American mother, who tries to loosen up her in-laws.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
... Lady Sybil Branson
... Lady Edith Crawley
... Charles Carson
... John Bates
... Lady Mary Crawley
... Joseph Molesley
... Sarah O'Brien
... Anna Bates
... Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
... Tom Branson
... Mrs. Hughes
... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
... Daisy Mason
... Alfred Nugent


Spring 1920:- Mary and Matthew's wedding is fast approaching. O'Brien fixes for her nephew Alfred, a former hotel waiter, to be the new footman though Carson finds him inefficient whilst Daisy is annoyed that, in view of the amount of cooking she does, she is still a kitchen maid and has not been promoted. Anna finds a list of all Vera's contacts and tells John she intends to write to them to discover if any of them found her suicidal. Robert, meanwhile, finds the future of Downton Abbey at risk due to money problems but Matthew annoys Mary by refusing a legacy left him by Lavinia's father. Sybil and Tom Branson arrive from Ireland - paid for by Violet - but Tom's new situation causes some awkwardness,largely for himself and the officious Carson, though he is supported by the Crawleys. When Tom appears drunk and vocal at dinner, Edith's gentlemanly admirer Sir Anthony exposes snobbish guest Larry Grey as having drugged him and Matthew asks Tom to be his best man. Tom reciprocates by ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

6 January 2013 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Carson makes the remark that the new footman, Alfred, thought he was serving dinner at the Hotel Metropole. He no doubt was referring to the 5 star Hotel Metropole in Monte Carlo, famous for serving royalty at the time. See more »


Carson tells Alfred that a footman should not be over 6 feet 1 inch tall. While Matt Milne who plays Afred is 6 feet 5 inches tall, William the footman was played by 6 foot 3 inch tall Thomas Howes. See more »


[to Tom Branson, who he has just asked to be his best man]
Matthew Crawley: If we're mad enough to take on the Crawley girls, we have to stick together.
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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
By Johann Sebastian Bach
[wedding guests enter church]
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A Grand Wedding
23 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Matthew Crawley and Lady Mary prepare for their big day. Lady Sybil arrives at Downton with her new husband for the wedding, and Branson struggles to fit in. Robert finds out that most of their family fortune is gone, enough to lose Downton Abbey. Cora's American mother, Martha Levinson, arrives at the house and adds more spice to the drama. Meanwhile, as they prepare for the lavish wedding, Anna help Bates to get him out of prison.

It's a wonderful episode. You can see here that the world was slowly changing. The costumes, the telephone, the automobiles.

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