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Series 3 - Episode 4
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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
Robert, Earl of Grantham
Lady Sybil Branson
Jessica Brown Findlay
Lady Edith Crawley
Lady Mary Crawley
Cora, Countess of Grantham
Archbishop of York
Kevin R McNally
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