Downton Abbey

Series 3 - Episode 6

Downton Abbey
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Before we chain ourselves to railings to demand the overdue release of Mr Bates from prison, an innocent man wrongly convicted of murder, it seems that his wife Anna has done the hard work for us.

We know her diligent search for the truth behind the death of Bates’s wife Vera has unearthed a new witness, someone who holds the key to his exoneration and freedom. But Bates’s chances of leaving that ghastly cell for ever look like they’ve been blown when circumstances, and possibly someone who wishes him ill, conspire against him.

Back in the chintzy luxury of Downton Abbey, relations between Matthew and Robert become frosty when Matthew has a few hard words to say about the running of the estate. And in the village, Isobel invites the Crawley women to a lunch cooked by ill-used Ethel. Just wait till Mr Carson gets wind of this grotesque insult to decorum.

About this programme

6/8. Tempers fray as a kind gesture by Isobel backfires, while Mary fights Branson's corner when his decisions are put under scrutiny. Robert and Cora's relationship is under pressure, but can Violet make them see things differently? Bates goes to extreme lengths as his chance of freedom slips away. Costume drama, starring Penelope Wilton, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern.

Cast and crew


Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Maggie Smith
Robert, Earl of Grantham
Hugh Bonneville
Lady Edith Crawley
Laura Carmichael
Mr Carson
Jim Carter
John Bates
Brendan Coyle
Lady Mary Crawley
Michelle Dockery
Kevin Doyle
Siobhan Finneran
Joanne Froggatt
Rob James-Collier
Tom Branson
Allen Leech
Mrs Hughes
Phyllis Logan
Cora, Countess of Grantham
Elizabeth McGovern
Sophie McShera
Matt Milne
Mrs Patmore
Lesley Nicol
Amy Nuttall
Matthew Crawley
Dan Stevens
Isobel Crawley
Penelope Wilton
Ed Speleers
Neil Bell
Rev Travis
Michael Cochrane
Mr Mason
Paul Copley
George Murray
Jonathan Coy
Jason Furnival
Mrs Bartlett
Clare Higgins
Dr Clarkson
David Robb
Cara Theobold


Jeremy Webb
Executive Producer
Gareth Neame
Executive Producer
Julian Fellowes
Executive Producer
Rebecca Eaton
Liz Trubridge
Julian Fellowes