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A Moorland Holiday 

"A Moorland Holiday" is an episode of Downton Abbey starring Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, and Jim Carter. Autumn of 1924. It's grouse shooting season and Rose's father-in-law invites the Crawley family to a shooting party in Northumberland.

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... Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
... Lady Edith Crawley
... Charles Carson
... Baxter
... John Bates
... Lady Mary Crawley
... Joseph Molesley
... Anna Bates
... Lady Rose MacClare
... Thomas Barrow
... Tom Branson
... Mrs. Hughes
... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
... Daisy Mason
... Mrs. Patmore
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It's grouse-shooting season, and Rose's father-in-law, Lord Sinderby, has rented out Brancaster Castle in Northumberland and invited the Crawley family to a shooting party. Stowell, the Sinderbys' butler, has an ax to grind and a scandalous secret threatens to undermine the holiday. Surprises are in store as the families become better acquainted with each other and some new faces arrive on the scene. Meanwhile, the servants hold the fort back at Downton. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

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TV-PG
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1 March 2015 (USA)  »

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16 : 9
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When Anna explains how she started her life in service, she mentions that she left home at a young girl and got a job as 'tweenie. 'Tweenies were young teenage girls at the lowest rung of the service ladder. They got their name in the era before indoor plumbing, when they had to carry very heavy buckets of water and waste up and down the stairs, and thus they were always found 'tween the floors. See more »

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The year of the episode is 1924. The Bentley driven by Henry Talbot is a 1927 Bentley 3 Litre, chassis number RE1400 that was delivered to the original buyer in November 1926. See more »

Quotes

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [to Robert] Why do you always treat me as if I were a salmon who laid my eggs in the gravel and then swam back to the sea?
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Silent Night
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Written by Franz Gruber and Joseph Mohr
Performed by Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael
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Downton back to its brilliance
26 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Glad to say Downton has gone back to its normal brilliance, which proves a consolation. Maybe season 4 and season 5 can not be marked as excellent. But this Christmas special is the most amazing of amazing episodes, really worth watching. All cast have done their best in this episode, especially Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery. The writer has finally give audience a touching emotion after season5's disturbance. Hope it could be much better in the next season.

It is really great to see emotional entanglements between characters are done and what greater is this strong britishness is back.

Good music BTW.


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