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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 8: Downton Abbey

Summary

The wedding approaches and excitement is in the air, but Branson's plans could rattle everyone. Spanish flu reaches the house and a desperate Thomas looks for a way to re-establish himself. Ethel faces a dilemma when the Bryants return with a heartbreaking proposition, and a decisive Anna forces Bates to think about their future. Costume drama, starring Allen Leech, Rob James-Collier, Amy Nuttall, Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle

Review

After Cora’s throwaway remark about Spanish flu in the previous episode, in one of Julian Fellowes’s road-signs to a plot development – THIS WAY TO LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESS – she looks a bit peaky. Soon she’s wet and shivering, and very quickly members of the Downton household start to take to their beds with bad cases of Costume Drama Sickness.

Of course, we’re meant to guess who will live and who will die in this eventful, absorbing and moving final episode. But that’s almost a side issue because so much else is going on – will Robert do the deed with the comely servant girl? Does flighty Lady Sybil defy her family to elope with the chauffeur? Will Matthew and Lavinia’s wedding go ahead?

And though it contains at least two of the most well-worn devices in drama history, which will have you shouting, “Oh, come ON!”, it will still punch at your heart. Just you wait for that crippling final scene. Just you wait.

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Details

Released on
2011-11-06
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
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
Sir Richard CarlisleIain Glen
Jane MoorsumClare Calbraith
Mr BryantKevin R McNally
Mrs BryantChristine Mackie
Rev TravisMichael Cochrane
Mr MasonPaul Copley
RegistrarStephen Omer
Arresting officerAnton Saunders

Crew

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Executive producerGareth Neame
Executive producerJulian Fellowes
WriterJulian Fellowes
Executive producerRebecca Eaton
ProducerLiz Trubridge
DirectorJames Strong

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  • Summary

    The wedding approaches and excitement is in the air, but Branson's plans could rattle everyone. Spanish flu reaches the house and a desperate Thomas looks for a way to re-establish himself. Ethel faces a dilemma when the Bryants return with a heartbreaking proposition, and a decisive Anna forces Bates to think about their future. Costume drama, starring Allen Leech, Rob James-Collier, Amy Nuttall, Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle

    Review

    After Cora’s throwaway remark about Spanish flu in the previous episode, in one of Julian Fellowes’s road-signs to a plot development – THIS WAY TO LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESS – she looks a bit peaky. Soon she’s wet and shivering, and very quickly members of the Downton household start to take to their beds with bad cases of Costume Drama Sickness.

    Of course, we’re meant to guess who will live and who will die in this eventful, absorbing and moving final episode. But that’s almost a side issue because so much else is going on – will Robert do the deed with the comely servant girl? Does flighty Lady Sybil defy her family to elope with the chauffeur? Will Matthew and Lavinia’s wedding go ahead?

    And though it contains at least two of the most well-worn devices in drama history, which will have you shouting, “Oh, come ON!”, it will still punch at your heart. Just you wait for that crippling final scene. Just you wait.

    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
    2011-11-06
    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
    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
    Sir Richard CarlisleIain Glen
    Jane MoorsumClare Calbraith
    Mr BryantKevin R McNally
    Mrs BryantChristine Mackie
    Rev TravisMichael Cochrane
    Mr MasonPaul Copley
    RegistrarStephen Omer
    Arresting officerAnton Saunders

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerGareth Neame
    Executive producerJulian Fellowes
    WriterJulian Fellowes
    Executive producerRebecca Eaton
    ProducerLiz Trubridge
    DirectorJames Strong
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