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Series 1 - Episode 4
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The great comfort about
is its utter predictability. There are no surprises, every costume drama rule is followed and obeyed to the letter. So someone has a cough? Just wait, they’ll be hawking up blood before you know it.
And someone gets a big head and needs taking down a peg or two? He or she will learn an Important Life Lesson That Will Last Forever.
But it’s worth a peek just for Olivia Williams as almighty snob Lady Hamilton, owner of The Halcyon, and a woman who cannot abide commoners. Her new beau (Edith’s bloke in Downton, the one who vanished in Germany) takes her to the pictures, where she must sit with people.
Joe is offered the opportunity of a lifetime, but finds himself unexpectedly torn as the moral responsibility of staying in England to tell the story of the war weighs heavily on his shoulders. Betsey's mother Gloria comes for a surprise stay, leaving Sonny unsettled and wary of the reaction she incites from Betsey, while Lucian and Lady Hamilton continue their flirtation and Emma anxiously awaits news of Freddie when she hears that a plane from Squadron 392 has gone down.
Cast & Crew
Caitlin Innes Edwards
Full Episode Guide
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