Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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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?


Jeremy Webb


Julian Fellowes (written and created by)




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


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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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 »


Mrs. Hughes: [to Thomas and Anna over Sybil's death, teary-eyed] Don't mind me. The sweetest spirit under this roof is gone, and I'm weepin' myself.
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Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by Chamber Orchestra of London
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Mr. Know It All Meets Mr. Pompous
10 August 2020 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is one of the most memorable hours of television. As women's rights become an issue, a couple men argue about a life or death situation. A third man who knows what he is doing is trumped by their titles. Sibyl is going to give birth, but she seems in significant distress. Robert calls in an esteemed specialist, pushing aside the family doctor. The results are horrible. In another significant development, Anna has uncovered evidence of Bates's innocence but must get a hostile woman to testify. Two men, a guard and a prisoner, seem out to get Bates and are orchestrating his destruction.

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27 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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