Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

After the hardships of Call the Midwife on the other side, you deserve a sherry delivered on a silver platter by a liveried factotum as you prepare for a two-hour Downton Abbey.

It’s summer and the Crawleys decamp to the Highlands. It’s not a permanent move; the family are house guests of naughty Rose’s parents. But we’re not completely deprived of Downton itself – the servants left behind are much exercised by preparations for the country fair.

About this programme

Robert and his family make their annual summer visit to his Scottish cousins at Duneagle Castle, leaving most of their servants at home. Edith discovers newspaper editor Michael Gregson is also on holiday in the area and may not be there just for the sketching and fishing, while personal servant O'Brien finds a kindred spirit below stairs in the form of her opposite number. Meanwhile, at Downton, Carson faces the task of keeping the staff focused on their work polishing the silverware and cleaning, but with the Granthams hundreds of miles away, minds begin to wander to other things, including the forthcoming Thirsk Country Fair.

Cast and crew

Cast

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
Molesley
Kevin Doyle
O'Brien
Siobhan Finneran
Anna
Joanne Froggatt
Thomas
Rob James-Collier
Tom Branson
Allen Leech
Mrs Hughes
Phyllis Logan
Cora, Countess of Grantham
Elizabeth McGovern
Daisy
Sophie McShera
Alfred
Matt Milne
Mrs Patmore
Lesley Nicol
Jimmy
Ed Speleers
Matthew Crawley
Dan Stevens
Isobel Crawley
Penelope Wilton
Nield
Kenneth Bryans
Edna
MyAnna Buring
Mr McCree
Ron Donachie
Gregson
Charles Edwards
Shrimpie Flintshire
Peter Egan
Jos Tufton
John Henshaw
Lady Rose MacClare
Lily James
Wilkins
Simone Lahbib
Susan Flintshire
Phoebe Nicholls
Dr Clarkson
David Robb
Ivy
Cara Theobold
Tug-of-war judge
Shaun Hennessy
Stall keeper
William Travis
Thug
Stuart Ward

Crew

Director
Andy Goddard
Executive Producer
Gareth Neame
Executive Producer
Julian Fellowes
Executive Producer
Rebecca Eaton
Producer
Liz Trubridge
Writer
Julian Fellowes
Categories
Drama

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