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Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 4 on ITV 9pm, 9th October 2011

With news that a third series is on the cards for Downton Abbey, one might be forgiven for imagining that the production is turning into the world’s most expensive and high-brow soap opera. More so, when one considers the events of season two, episode four, when the storyline turns salacious and viewers get to see a bit of shoulder.

The Dowager Countess is making trouble by spotting Sybil’s weakness for a member of working classes.Mary does her best to guide her younger sister in a path better than her own, but is accused of meddling and snobbery.

Isobel is riled by the challenge to her position as a senior nurse and leaves the house to tend to the wounded in France. With Matthew also gone, the servants of Isobel’s house are at a loose end and begin to look for other opportunities.

Helping wounded soldiers gets a number of the kitchen staff into hot water, though the Countess’s late change of heart on all practical issues relating to the war gives them something of a reprieve.

Meanwhile, Thomas asserts his independence by not telling the Earl of the return of Mr Bates. The Earl is shocked by the news and takes the unusual step of paying a personal visit to a public house.

The trifles of those back home pale into insignificance when news of a development on the front gets back to Downton. Nobody can concentrate on matters at hand with the news hanging over them. There is a positive development, however, when a friendly face returns to the estate bringing a cheer to the staff and family alike.

Mrs Hughes has to manage the personal affairs of the household when Thomas begins to get high-handed with Daisy. Not only that, but she is faced with a major dilemma, right at the end of the show, when it is revealed that a member of the household will be having a baby.

Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 4 on airs on ITV at 9pm on 9th October 2011 for UK viewers only.


  • Lady Rosamund Painswick played by Samantha Bond
  • Earl of Grantham, Robert played by Hugh Bonneville
  • Lavinia Swire played by Zoe Boyle
  • Lady Sybil Crawley played by Jessica Brown Findlay
  • Lady Edith Crawley played by Laura Carmichael
  • Mr Carson played by Jim Carter
  • John Bates played by Brendan Coyle
  • Lady Mary Crawley played by Michelle Dockery
  • Molesley played by Kevin Doyle
  • Vera Bates played by Maria Doyle Kennedy
  • Sarah O’Brien played by Siobhan Finneran
  • Anna Smith played by Joanne Froggatt
  • William Mason played by Thomas Howes
  • Thomas Barrow played by Rob James-Collier
  • Tom Branson played by Allen Leech
  • Mrs Hughes played by Phyllis Logan
  • Andrew Lang played by Cal Macaninch
  • Countess of Grantham, Cora played by Elizabeth McGovern
  • Daisy Robinson played by Sophie McShera
  • Mrs Patmore played by Lesley Nicol
  • Ethel Parks played by Amy Nuttall
  • Doctor Clarkson played by David Robb
  • Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet played by Maggie Smith
  • Matthew Crawley played by Dan Stevens
  • Isobel Crawley played by Penelope Wilton


Written and created by Julian Fellowes
Executive Producers: Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes
Producer: Liz Trubridge
Line Producer: Charles Hubbard
Director: Ashley Pearce

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