Downton Abbey

Series 3 - Episode 4



A life of lonely spinsterhood settles on Lady Edith like a shroud made of cat hairs. But she’s a spirited woman so she decides to protest at the limits to women’s suffrage by sending a letter to The Times. Granny Violet is aghast: “No lady writes to a newspaper.”

The usually sedate country house is a crucible of political turmoil, what with Lady Edith’s campaigning and fears for pregnant Sybil in a turbulent Ireland. It’s not too long before the Troubles become very close to home for everyone at Downton. The Earl is furious and does lots of pompous and manly shouting about it in the drawing room after dinner.

But others have far more personal reasons for feeling unhappy. Just look at poor Anna and the incarcerated Bates, both floundering in pools of despair.


Branson's political views land him in trouble and Sybil's loyalty is tested to the limit, while Ethel makes a difficult decision about her son's future. Anna wonders what is causing Bates' silence, and Carson begins recruiting a footman, with promising candidate Jimmy (Ed Speleers, Eragon) sparking immediate interest below stairs. Costume drama, starring Allen Leech, Jessica Brown Findlay, Amy Nuttall, Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter.

Cast & Crew

Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham Maggie Smith
Robert, Earl of Grantham Hugh Bonneville
Lady Sybil Branson Jessica Brown Findlay
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
Ethel Amy Nuttall
Matthew Crawley Dan Stevens
Isobel Crawley Penelope Wilton
Durrant Neil Bell
Archbishop of York Michael Culkin
Craig Jason Furnival
Dent Karl Haynes
Mrs Bird Christine Lohr
Mr Bryant Kevin R McNally
Mrs Bryant Christine Mackie
Turner Ged Simmons
Jimmy Ed Speleers
Ivy Cara Theobold
Director Andy Goddard
Executive Producer Gareth Neame
Executive Producer Julian Fellowes
Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton
Producer Liz Trubridge
Writer Julian Fellowes
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