Downton Abbey

Series 3 - Episode 6



Before we chain ourselves to railings to demand the overdue release of Mr Bates from prison, an innocent man wrongly convicted of murder, it seems that his wife Anna has done the hard work for us.

We know her diligent search for the truth behind the death of Bates’s wife Vera has unearthed a new witness, someone who holds the key to his exoneration and freedom. But Bates’s chances of leaving that ghastly cell for ever look like they’ve been blown when circumstances, and possibly someone who wishes him ill, conspire against him.

Back in the chintzy luxury of Downton Abbey, relations between Matthew and Robert become frosty when Matthew has a few hard words to say about the running of the estate. And in the village, Isobel invites the Crawley women to a lunch cooked by ill-used Ethel. Just wait till Mr Carson gets wind of this grotesque insult to decorum.


Tempers fray as a kind gesture by Isobel backfires, while Mary fights Branson's corner when his decisions are put under scrutiny. Robert and Cora's relationship is under pressure, but can Violet make them see things differently? Bates goes to extreme lengths as his chance of freedom slips away. Costume drama, starring Penelope Wilton, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern.

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
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
Jimmy Ed Speleers
Durrant Neil Bell
Rev Travis Michael Cochrane
Mr Mason Paul Copley
George Murray Jonathan Coy
Craig Jason Furnival
Mrs Bartlett Clare Higgins
Dr Clarkson David Robb
Ivy Cara Theobold
Director Jeremy Webb
Executive Producer Gareth Neame
Executive Producer Julian Fellowes
Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton
Producer Liz Trubridge
Writer Julian Fellowes
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