Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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The London Season 

Summer of 1923. It's summer and as part of Rose's 'coming out' she is to be presented at Buckingham Palace. The Crawley family go to London to prepare Grantham House for this busy social program.

Director:

Jon East

Writer:

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
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Bates
Lily James ... Lady Rose MacClare
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
Lesley Nicol ... Mrs. Patmore
Maggie Smith ... Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
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1923. A year has passed and Edith returned from Switzerland having secretly had her baby and given her up for adoption. The family and staff journey to London for debutante Lady Rose to be presented to the king. Martha Levinson and her son Harold also turn up and Mary meets both Anthony and Charles, who openly vie for her attention. Rose goes to a club with married friend Freda Dudley-Ward, from whom the cardsharp Sampson steals a love letter from the Prince of Wales. Mary and Charles endeavour to retrieve it in vain, though the escapade brings them closer. John is called upon to help obtain it. Mary is annoyed to learn from Anthony that the supposedly-republican Charles is himself an aristocrat's heir. Mrs Hughes and Mary discover that John was indeed in London on the day of Green's death. Martha attracts gold-digging admirer Lord Aysgarth but sees through him and turns down his proposal, though Harold, to his surprise, charms Aysgarth's daughter Madeleine and the Levinson valet ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance

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TV-14
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 2014 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

In this episode Rose meets Madilein Aysgarth who is friends with Freda Dudley Ward. James Fox who plays Lord Aysgarth is connected to the real Freda Dudley Ward. His uncle was married at one point to Fredas daughter. See more »

Goofs

At the presentation Lord Aysgarth says he went to Newport, NY and stayed with the mother of the Dutchess of Marlborough who was the American Consuelo Vanderbilt. However by the time Rose was presented Consuelo was the former Dutchess of Marlborough and she was just plain Mrs. Balsan. See more »

Quotes

Ethan Slade: [Getting a bit annoyed that Carson keeps referring to him as "Mr. Levinson"] Mr. Carson: My employer is called Levinson. Not me.
Charles Carson: In this house, you both are.
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Connections

References The Duchess of Duke Street: A Bed of Roses (1976) See more »

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Les Patineurs Valse (The Skaters Waltz)
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Written by Emil Waldteufel
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we should make more scenes..
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 04

It goes more bold and more raunchy with invasions of few open minded ideas and characters, where the new brave world is affecting the Downton Abbey gets more and more clear, as crime, unexpected love equations and huge mistakes lurches in their ground.

The London Season

The close calls of a mere letter grips the audience from the start, followed by confessional round and revelations with risky investigation, this Christmas special, delivers the expectations with drama, social message and a soothing heartwarming love story.


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