Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #6.5 

Violet embroils the Minister of Health in the hospital row, but his visit ends in catastrophe. Mary's suspicions are aroused.


Michael Engler


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
Raquel Cassidy ... Baxter
Brendan Coyle ... John Bates
Michelle Dockery ... Lady Mary Crawley
Kevin Doyle ... Joseph Molesley
Michael Fox ... Andy
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Bates
Matthew Goode ... Henry Talbot
Robert James-Collier ... Thomas Barrow
Allen Leech ... Tom Branson
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera ... Daisy Mason


In London Edith has a date with Bertie as well as appointing an editrix but Mary discovers her sister's secret, at the same time assuring Tom that Henry Talbot is merely a friend. Barrow finds out young footman Andy's weakness whilst a court case brings Baxter and Molesley closer together and Denker has cause to be grateful to Spratt. Violet invites health minister Neville Chamberlain to dinner in her plan to defeat Isobel and Cora and their supporters over the hospital but the event is overshadowed by a family emergency. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

18 October 2015 (UK) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


When Minister of Health Neville Chamberlain visits Downton Abbey, it is rumored that he could become Prime Minister one day. The real Chamberlain would indeed become Prime Minister in 1937, but his inability to stand up to the rising power of Nazi Germany forced him to resign in 1939, soon after the start of the Second World War which he had desperately tried to prevent. See more »


At the dinner for Mr Chamberlain, the Earl of Grantham is suddenly taken ill, and is diagnosed with a perforated ulcer. This condition would, however, rarely present with major bleeding as shown here, but rather with intense abdominal pain. He is taken to the local, very small hospital and operated on. In a telephone call to Mr Carson, the Earl is said to have undergone a gastrectomy (removal of all or part of the stomach). This is a major surgical operation, taking in excess of 1-2 hours, which would require resources far beyond those of this hospital, and would also not be indicated for these symptoms. The preferred procedure in a perforated ulcer case under these circumstances would be to close the perforation, which is a much smaller and less dangerous operation. See more »


Miss Denker: [to Spratt with threat of revealing his family's criminal history] You'd better figure out what to say unless you want to find yourself sewing mailbags.
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Downton Abbey The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by Chamber Orchestra Of London
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