Downton Abbey

Series 4 - Episode 7

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Review

“The pigs have arrived!” glows hunky Tom. There’s been much excited porcine-based chatter at the Abbey during the past few weeks, but they are here at last. In fact, everyone reminds us of their presence, just in case we forget. “Did the pigs arrive?” someone asks. Yes, they’ve arrived. Someone even wishes someone else “Good luck with the pigs”. Because they’ve arrived, did you hear? Lady Mary and the presentable Charles Blake even have some carefree, pig-centred fun, because the pigs have arrived. There’s even a joke about “saving bacon”. Hang on to your sides.

Elsewhere, Lady Edith and Lady Rose (without pigs) go to London, where Rose meets her gentleman friend. And an entirely pig-free Lord Grantham sails urgently to America. “That will keep me warm as I cross the raging seas,” he tells Cora after she proffers her love.

Did I mention that the pigs have arrived?

Summary

Cora's playboy brother Harold has got himself into a spot of bother and Robert has to make a trip to America to bail him out. Blake and Mary are forced to put aside their differences to deal with the new farming venture on the estate, and help comes from an unlikely quarter when Violet is taken ill. Meanwhile, Mrs Hughes, Mrs Patmore and Carson try to keep the peace when romantic tensions cause disagreements downstairs. Hugh Bonneville, Julian Ovenden, Michelle Dockery and Maggie Smith star in the costume drama.

Cast & 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
Molesley Kevin Doyle
Anna Joanne Froggatt
Lady Rose Lily James
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
Dr Clarkson David Robb
Jimmy Ed Speleers
Ivy Cara Theobold
Isobel Crawley Penelope Wilton
Baxter Raquel Cassidy
Charles Blake Julian Ovenden
Evelyn Napier Brendan Patricks
Lady Rosamund Samantha Bond
Green Nigel Harman
Anthony Gillingham Tom Cullen
Jack Ross Gary Carr
John Ward MP Stephen Critchlow
Sarah Bunting Daisy Lewis
Nurse Issy Van Randwyck
Doctor David Acton
Director Edward Hall
Executive Producer Gareth Neame
Executive Producer Julian Fellowes
Executive Producer Liz Trubridge
Executive Producer Nigel Marchant
Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton
Producer Rupert Ryle-Hodges
Writer Julian Fellowes
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