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A Journey to the Highlands 

The Crawleys go to Duneagle Castle to celebrate Christmas with the MacClares. Everyone is delighted as they fish, hunt, and dine. Unfortunately, when the Crawleys return, tragedy strikes. Will things ever be the same again?


Andy Goddard


Julian Fellowes (written and created by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Bonneville ... Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
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
Lesley Nicol ... Mrs. Patmore


The Crawleys travel to Duneagle Castle in Scotland to holiday with Rose and her parents 'Shrimpie' and Susan, an unhappily married couple due to leave for Bombay in line with Shrimpie's posting with the Diplomatic Corps. Robert discovers the reason for the rift in the marriage and the move - Shrimpie's mismanagement has lost the family home. Edith's editor and lover Michael Gregson also turns up and is befriended by Matthew, who believes he should let Edith down gently as he is unable to divorce his mentally-ill wife. Edith, however, is not so willing to give him up. Back in Yorkshire the staff attend a fair in Thirsk at the invitation of Mrs Patmore's new admirer, grocer Jos Tufton. The Downton boys win a tug-of-war but a drunken Jimmy is robbed by locals and rescued by Thomas, who ends up injured. Also at the fair are Isobel and local doctor Clarkson. Forward new maid Edna tries to seduce Tom. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance


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17 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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When Lady Rose comes downstairs for dinner, she's scolded by her mother for wearing a too revealing dress. She answers her back that Princess Mary (King George V's daughter) has one just like this. Considering the King's conservative taste and the fact that he would not allow his wife to follow post-war fashion trends, it seems rather unlikely that he would have let her unmarried daughter wear such a dress. See more »


When showing Matthew getting into the accident it shows the trees along the road he was driving on full and green even though it it set sometime in September/October. See more »


Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [to Cora] Rose's evening had a bumpy start. I'm afraid Susan isn't herself.
Lady Rose MacClare: [with bitterness when speaking about her mother] But she's absolutely herself... that's the problem.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [to Cora] Poor souls. It's bad enough parenting a child when you like each other.
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"Merry" Christmas
31 December 2017 | by jp281995See all my reviews

The episode starts normal, with the Crawleys going to the Maclares' beautiful estate in Scotland to celebrate Christmas, to the servants visiting the local fare and getting merry and drunk. Then, of course, Lady Mary is about to give birth. All is well and happy, but then Matthew. I'm not shocked by the ending. I was spoiled again because of my habit of reading Youtube comments. Ending is not very Christmas-sy.

Yes, I like this episode. It's one of the episodes with the best cinematography. Scotland is beautiful. But the ending ruined it for me. Why, oh, why?

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