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Series 3-Episode 7

Series 3-Episode 7

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Review

“Downton has existed for hundreds of years in perfect harmony!” thunders a self-righteous Earl of Grantham as whippersnapper Matthew tries to drag his father-in-law into the 20th century. Matthew (Dan Stevens) has big plans for the estate, which he claims has been mismanaged for years, but he upsets everyone by insisting that “Downton must be self-supporting if it’s to face the chance of survival.”

So it’s clear life has pretty much returned to normal after Sybil’s death; even the black clouds of bereavement are clearing as her baby is christened, and Edith decides to go to London to see whether she is cut out to be a journalist: “All sorts of toffs are writing for magazines these days,” says
The Sketch’s rather charming editor. Could he be causing romantic stirrings in Edith’s girlish heart?

But there are dark deeds downstairs when Thomas decides to try his luck with a fellow servant.

Summary

It's a happy day for Downton as Anna's patience is rewarded, while Edith receives admiration from an unexpected quarter. Matthew refuses to back down over the estate management, but will his tactics pay off? Branson's plan for the christening causes consternation, as does the arrival of his brother, and O'Brien's motives are unclear as she counsels Thomas. Julian Fellowes' period drama, starring Joanne Froggatt, Laura Carmichael, Dan Stevens and Allen Leech.

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
Kieran Branson Ruairi Conaghan
George Murray Jonathan Coy
Gregson Charles Edwards
Jarvis Terence Harvey
Ivy Cara Theobold
Photographer John Voce
Director David Evans
Executive Producer Gareth Neame
Executive Producer Julian Fellowes
Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton
Producer Liz Trubridge
Writer Julian Fellowes
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