Downton Abbey

Series 3 - Episode 8

Downton Abbey
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Mr Carson has a face of granite and a heart of lead as he tells quivering Thomas Barrow, who is wallowing in disgrace after last week’s, ahem, “misunderstanding”: “I find your situation revolting, you have been twisted by nature into something foul.” Steady on, Mr C, that’s a bit harsh. But not everyone below stairs at Downton is so rampantly anti-gay.

It’s the final episode in the series and there is a very strong sense of hope and of new beginnings as everyone looks forward to a sunny future at the annual Downton Abbey house versus village cricket match. The Downton gels are forging ahead in the world – Edith’s new career as a columnist is flourishing as she basks in her editor’s praise, while Lady Mary looks enigmatic in some lovely hats. By the end you will have a smile on your
face, a tear in your eye and possibly a song in your heart.

About this programme

8/8. There is excitement throughout the house and nearby village as the annual cricket match draws near, and the event brings out Robert's competitive side. Violet's great-niece Rose arrives, but a trip to London reveals there is more to her than meets the eye, while Matthew and Mary seem to be keeping secrets from each other. Thomas's future lies appears to be uncertain, but he may have found an unexpected ally in Bates.

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
Terence Margadale
Edward Baker-Duly
Lady Rosamund
Samantha Bond
Charles Edwards
Bill Molesley
Bernard Gallagher
Lady Rose MacClare
Lily James
Edmund Kente
Mrs Bryant
Christine Mackie
Dr Clarkson
David Robb
Dr Ryder
Richard Teverson
Cara Theobold
Insp Stanford
Tony Turner
Taxi driver
Jordan Long


David Evans
Executive Producer
Gareth Neame
Executive Producer
Julian Fellowes
Executive Producer
Rebecca Eaton
Liz Trubridge
Julian Fellowes