Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #3.4 

August 1920: Two social revolutions arrive at Downton Abbey: the Irish civil war and the fight for women's suffrage. A mysterious conspiracy keeps Anna and Bates apart.

Director:

Andy Goddard

Writer:

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 Branson
Laura Carmichael ... Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter ... Charles Carson
Brendan Coyle ... John Bates
Michelle Dockery ... Lady Mary Crawley
Kevin Doyle ... Joseph Molesley
Siobhan Finneran ... Sarah O'Brien
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Bates
Robert James-Collier ... Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
Allen Leech ... Tom Branson
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera ... Daisy Mason
Matt Milne ... Alfred Nugent
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Storyline

August 1920. At Ethel's request, Isobel and Mrs Hughes arrange a meeting with Mr and Mrs Bryant as Ethel believes her son Charlie would have a better life with them. The kindly Mrs Bryant offers money but Ethel, though it is heart-breaking for her, agrees that the couple should raise her son for his own benefit. Edith, incensed at the limits of women's suffrage, has an article published in the press, which annoys Robert, but he is even more angry when Tom and the pregnant Sybil arrive from Ireland. Tom is on the run as an I.R.A sympathiser who has attended their meetings and will be arrested if he returns to Dublin, making them exiles though Tom expresses a wish to return to his homeland. Handsome new footman Jimmy turns the heads of the maids - and Thomas - whilst Daisy is put out when Alfred seems smitten by new kitchen maid Ivy. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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Color

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16 : 9
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Trivia

Matthew defends Edith to Robert about her becoming a newspaper writer by mentioning Lady Sarah Wilson, who was Britain's first woman war correspondent in WW1. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs Hughes is burning the toast, there is a different amount of smoke coming from it with every camera angle they use. Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. It jumps all over the place. See more »

Quotes

Matthew Crawley: So what was the deal you managed to extract from the Home Secretary?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: They don't want to make a martyr of him
[Tom]
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: .
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: ...and with Sybil, they think they could have another Maud Gonne on their hands, or Lady Gregory, or worse if they're not careful.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Lady Gregory, Countess Markievicz - why are the Irish rebels so well born?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Whatever the reason, I don't want Lady Sybil Branson to join their ranks. Mercifully, neither do the Irish authorities.
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Soundtracks

Downton Abbey - The Suite
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Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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what a harsh world..
29 January 2019 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

Downton Abbey

Fellowes has successfully managed to make a soap opera melodrama, luxury rather than a necessity. This royal family and the impact it casts upon others surrounding them is the ultimate definition of royalty, in terms of that it spews each of our assumptions of the livelihood of people residing in such palace onto the screen with elegance and stature that does more than people-pleasing work. The emotions comes in plethora of it- hence arguable the titled genre melodrama- but what doesn't come in hand is the content, the writers fiddles with you with such panache that you are rumble down to be gullible enough to nod at anything offered. And this is primary the reason, why in its middle seasons, where the writing was questioned and yet loved and accepted by us effervescently.

Its primary theme that it adapts or conjures for an episode is shared by an entire cast that makes the episode balance and all the tracks, no matter how long they may carry on later, gets a definite period within that hour for you to pin down your decision. The most difficult part of the writers is to pass on information or rumors in this too-big-a-palace but with flawed three dimensional characters, it is weaved out with excellent justifying reasons leaving you in an awe of it.

Fellowes doesn't share its cast, nor a scene, nor humor, nor any anchor that would weight him down to take bold risks, he doesn't compromise on lopping off a character from the screen or adding one despite of being shared by so many, he has managed to reboot the drama until every last viewers gets that point jaggedly on mark. The series is also blessed with incredible cast like Dockery, Bonneville, Carter, Coyle and Smith that stands out among plenty other performances. Downton Abbey is, yes, cheesy, but each aspect of the series owns it, and with commitment like such comes maturity and just good storytelling.

Season 03

Presumably, the darkest season of all which proves once again,the bold decisions that writers makes without flinching and their excellent finesse on sculpting those gut wrenching antics that it completely thrives upon.

Episode #3.4

To all the distraction of the family drama; Bonneville's sharp performance is what it thrives upon, and love feud going on around the servants, the letters and their evolution in this chapter is the only piece worth investing on.


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