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Downton Abbey

  • 2012
  • Season 2
  • 9 episodes
  • Drama
  • Romance

Summary

Carson is forced to accept female staff serving in the dining room and Downton Abbey is turned into a convalescent home to accommodate an influx of wounded soldiers.

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Episode 2: Downton Abbey

Summary

Isobel suggests using Downton as a place of convalescence following a distressing incident at the village hospital. Shell-shocked new valet Lang arrives as William gets his call-up papers, and Carson strives to keep standards high, but suffers a panic attack in front of the family. Lady Rosamund is eager to unearth Lavinia and Carlisle's secret after overhearing them arguing, and romance blossoms for both Edith and Mary. Costume drama, starring Jim Carter, Samantha Bond and Cal Macaninch

Review

Poor Lady Mary; yet another pompous bore arrives at Downton Abbey as prospective husband-material. This one is a newspaper magnate, Sir Richard Carlisle (Iain Glen). He’s a handsome chap, but there’s something ever so slightly shifty about him, particularly when he sets his gimlet eyes on dainty Lavinia Swire, Matthew’s intended.
Meanwhile, the war continues to rage in a foreign land and the able-bodied males in the household (most of them, at least) are desperate to sign up. You will want to hold on to sweet William (Thomas Howes), the footman, and beg him not to leave when he decides to enlist.

The Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) continues to twitch nobly as he is yet again denied the chance to fight with his fellows: “I envy their self-respect and ability
to sleep at night.”

The episode clearly aims to bring home The Horrors of War and is awash with sadness, so expect to be a shuddering, teary heap by the end.

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Details

Released on
2011-09-25
Languages
English
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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Violet, Dowager Countess of GranthamMaggie Smith
Robert, Earl of GranthamHugh Bonneville
Lady Sybil CrawleyJessica Brown Findlay
Lady Edith CrawleyLaura Carmichael
Mr CarsonJim Carter
John BatesBrendan Coyle
Lady Mary CrawleyMichelle Dockery
O'BrienSiobhan Finneran
AnnaJoanne Froggatt
WilliamThomas Howes
ThomasRob James-Collier
Mrs HughesPhyllis Logan
Cora, Countess of GranthamElizabeth McGovern
DaisySophie McShera
Mrs PatmoreLesley Nicol
EthelAmy Nuttall
Matthew CrawleyDan Stevens
Isobel CrawleyPenelope Wilton
MolesleyKevin Doyle
Tom BransonAllen Leech
Dr ClarksonDavid Robb
Lavinia SwireZoe Boyle
Lady RosamundSamantha Bond
Sir Richard CarlisleIain Glen
Henry LangCal MacAninch
Edward CourtenayLachlan Nieboer
Mr DrakeFergus O'Donnell
Mrs DrakeCathy Sara
DavisStephen Ventura

Crew

rolename
Executive producerGareth Neame
Executive producerJulian Fellowes
WriterJulian Fellowes
Executive producerRebecca Eaton
ProducerLiz Trubridge
DirectorAshley Pearce

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  • Summary

    Isobel suggests using Downton as a place of convalescence following a distressing incident at the village hospital. Shell-shocked new valet Lang arrives as William gets his call-up papers, and Carson strives to keep standards high, but suffers a panic attack in front of the family. Lady Rosamund is eager to unearth Lavinia and Carlisle's secret after overhearing them arguing, and romance blossoms for both Edith and Mary. Costume drama, starring Jim Carter, Samantha Bond and Cal Macaninch

    Review

    Poor Lady Mary; yet another pompous bore arrives at Downton Abbey as prospective husband-material. This one is a newspaper magnate, Sir Richard Carlisle (Iain Glen). He’s a handsome chap, but there’s something ever so slightly shifty about him, particularly when he sets his gimlet eyes on dainty Lavinia Swire, Matthew’s intended.
    Meanwhile, the war continues to rage in a foreign land and the able-bodied males in the household (most of them, at least) are desperate to sign up. You will want to hold on to sweet William (Thomas Howes), the footman, and beg him not to leave when he decides to enlist.

    The Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) continues to twitch nobly as he is yet again denied the chance to fight with his fellows: “I envy their self-respect and ability
    to sleep at night.”

    The episode clearly aims to bring home The Horrors of War and is awash with sadness, so expect to be a shuddering, teary heap by the end.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

    Streaming

    We may earn commission from links on this page. Our editorial is always independent (learn more)

    Details

    Released on
    2011-09-25
    Languages
    English
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Violet, Dowager Countess of GranthamMaggie Smith
    Robert, Earl of GranthamHugh Bonneville
    Lady Sybil CrawleyJessica Brown Findlay
    Lady Edith CrawleyLaura Carmichael
    Mr CarsonJim Carter
    John BatesBrendan Coyle
    Lady Mary CrawleyMichelle Dockery
    O'BrienSiobhan Finneran
    AnnaJoanne Froggatt
    WilliamThomas Howes
    ThomasRob James-Collier
    Mrs HughesPhyllis Logan
    Cora, Countess of GranthamElizabeth McGovern
    DaisySophie McShera
    Mrs PatmoreLesley Nicol
    EthelAmy Nuttall
    Matthew CrawleyDan Stevens
    Isobel CrawleyPenelope Wilton
    MolesleyKevin Doyle
    Tom BransonAllen Leech
    Dr ClarksonDavid Robb
    Lavinia SwireZoe Boyle
    Lady RosamundSamantha Bond
    Sir Richard CarlisleIain Glen
    Henry LangCal MacAninch
    Edward CourtenayLachlan Nieboer
    Mr DrakeFergus O'Donnell
    Mrs DrakeCathy Sara
    DavisStephen Ventura

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerGareth Neame
    Executive producerJulian Fellowes
    WriterJulian Fellowes
    Executive producerRebecca Eaton
    ProducerLiz Trubridge
    DirectorAshley Pearce
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