Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #6.8 

Romance blossoms but a betrayal of trust threatens the chance of lasting happiness. Thomas considers desperate measures.


David Evans


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 (as Rob James-Collier)
Allen Leech ... Tom Branson
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera ... Daisy Mason


Mrs Patmore opens a guest house which immediately hits a snag. Barrow hits rock bottom but Molesley and Spratt succeed in new careers. Edith is keen to accept Bertie's marriage proposal but apprehensive about revealing her secret, providing a dilemma when, due to Mary, the truth is out. Henry Talbot reappears, thanks to Tom, but gets a cool reception from Mary so Tom brings in Violet to offer her granddaughter advice which will affect her future as well as that of Downton Abbey itself. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

8 November 2015 (UK) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


First time Mrs. Patmore's first name is revealed. Her niece calls her Aunt Beryl. See more »


When Bertie and Edith are talking he referred to her as the daughter of the fifth earl of Grantham. However Robert is the Seventh Earl Grantham. See more »


Mr. Carson: You have no qualms about dragging the family we serve into the mud?
Mrs. Hughes: It's their choice, Mr Carson. They're all grown people, surely?
Mr. Carson: Well, I've always known that women were ruthless, but I didn't think I'd find the proof in my own wife!
Mrs. Patmore: And there's me thinking how kind they were to come to the rescue.
Mrs. Hughes: And so they are. Just tell them yes and arrange the day.
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Downton Abbey The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by Chamber Orchestra Of London
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The Magic is back!
2 December 2015 | by abuonvinorossoSee all my reviews

I wouldn't disparage season 4 or 5 at all. I loved them both, but I felt they lacked the same level of lascivious and sanguinary undercurrents that kept all the pageantry and opulence afloat in those first three seasons. After all, it was this combination of beauty and darkness that initially allowed a rather unlikely tale of Anglo-centric romanticized Edwardian privilege to capture the interests and hearts of ordinary modern people from all around the world.

But that initial spark has most certainly returned here. This lustrous penultimate episode was with out any doubt, the best episode of season six (Xmas special excepted) and likely bodes well for the Downton Abbey finale, which will, no doubt, end this show's run with much of the same bang that started it all.

Glad to see Lord Fellowes has not lost his love for the melodramatic!

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