Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #3.5 

The Crawleys excitedly await as the new addition to the family is soon to come. Meanwhile, Anna attempts to uncover evidence for Bates's innocence. But then, when tragedy strikes, will things ever be the same again?

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Jeremy Webb

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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After her letter is published, Edith receives an offer from the Sketch to write a weekly column. Matthew thinks it's wonderful but Lord Grantham and the Dowager Countess are not impressed. Anna thinks she has found evidence that will exonerate John. Getting that before the courts may not be easily accomplished. Isobel decides to practice what she preaches and offers Ethel a job - leading her cook to quit. Sybil is soon to have her baby and Lord Grantham, no longer trusting the local Doctor Clarkson's skills, decides to call in the eminent doctor Sir Philip Tapsell. Written by garykmcd

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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:

27 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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When talking about Ethel working for Mrs. Crowley Mrs. Hughes says she didn't remember Ethel being much of a cook so nothing may come of her working for Mrs. Crowley. Ethel was hired at Downton as a housemaid and not as any kind of cook so Mrs. Hughes wouldn't know what kind of cook Ethel was. See more »

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Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [confronting his daughter's death] But this can't be! She's 24 years. This cannot be!
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Downton Abbey - The Suite
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Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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to start a family..
29 January 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee 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 #3.5

An emotionally competent even though poignant act that fulfills every bit of aspired drama and with only one track kept in mind, it is thoroughly busy with equations mended and broken for milking out the best result out of this scrutiny.


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