The best quotes from Downton Abbey series 6 episode 1

From blackmail to under butlers, wifely duties to the moral high ground, the Dowager Countess, Lady Mary and co had some cracking lines in the opening episode of Downton's final series

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Downton Abbey returned to our screens tonight for its sixth season. To the dismay of its tens of thousands of fans, it’s set to be the last, with the drama coming to a close this Christmas Day. 

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But from the look of this first episode we can dry our eyes because the final few episodes are set to be corkers, jam-packed with some brilliant put-downs and lines that had us reaching for the hankies… 


In episode one, Anna and Bates still faced an uncertain future…

An unfamiliar face arrived on the scene:

And Mary faced yet another scandal…

Robert pondered the future of the Abbey:

While Mrs Hughes fretted about the realities of marriage… 

Luckily, as Spratt put it, the Dowager Countess was on hand to lighten the mood:

Robert considered cutting staff…

While Violet stepped in to sort out a scrap among her employees:

Lady Edith pondered a future on her own…

Mary insisted she was happy waiting for Lord Right…

While Violet and Isobel came to blows over the future of the village hospital:

At the end of the episode, Carson was plain about what he wanted from his future with Mrs Hughes:

And she agreed, somewhat redfaced.

While Bates and Anna were finally freed from the police when the case against Green was concluded. 

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Downton Abbey continues on Sundays at 9:00pm on ITV


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