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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.



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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


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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Release Date:

20 January 2013 (USA)  »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Violet remarks, "Lady Gregory, Countess Markievicz... why are the Irish rebels so well born?" This is in reference to Countess Constance Markievicz, a member of Sinn Fein who was born Constance Gore-Booth, a daughter of a baronet and who later married a Polish count; and the Irish nationalist Augusta, Lady Gregory, who was born into an aristocratic Anglo-Irish family. See more »


Although there was a Drumgoole Castle once, it was no opulent edifice in 1920. The original Castle Drumgoole stood in County. Monaghan, not Dublin, and was captured by Oliver Cromwell in 1649 and subsequently remodeled as a hotel. Another fiction occurs when Mary regrets that her friend and fellow débutante, Laura Dunsany, is now homeless is equally false. The Lord of Drumgoole in 1920 had no daughters. See more »


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
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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Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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