Downton Abbey

Series 3 - Episode 8



Mr Carson has a face of granite and a heart of lead as he tells quivering Thomas Barrow, who is wallowing in disgrace after last week’s, ahem, “misunderstanding”: “I find your situation revolting, you have been twisted by nature into something foul.” Steady on, Mr C, that’s a bit harsh. But not everyone below stairs at Downton is so rampantly anti-gay.

It’s the final episode in the series and there is a very strong sense of hope and of new beginnings as everyone looks forward to a sunny future at the annual Downton Abbey house versus village cricket match. The Downton gels are forging ahead in the world – Edith’s new career as a columnist is flourishing as she basks in her editor’s praise, while Lady Mary looks enigmatic in some lovely hats. By the end you will have a smile on your
face, a tear in your eye and possibly a song in your heart.


There is excitement throughout the house and nearby village as the annual cricket match draws near, and the event brings out Robert's competitive side. Violet's great-niece Rose arrives, but a trip to London reveals there is more to her than meets the eye, while Matthew and Mary seem to be keeping secrets from each other. Thomas's future appears to be uncertain, but he may have found an unexpected ally in Bates.

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
Terence Margadale Edward Baker-Duly
Lady Rosamund Samantha Bond
Gregson Charles Edwards
Bill Molesley Bernard Gallagher
Lady Rose MacClare Lily James
Mead Edmund Kente
Mrs Bryant Christine Mackie
Dr Clarkson David Robb
Dr Ryder Richard Teverson
Ivy Cara Theobold
Insp Stanford Tony Turner
Taxi driver Jordan Long
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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