A few surprises are in store for viewers of Downton Abbey with developments on every front. The reconstruction of relationships and the economy after the war are not as simple as fixing the bomb sites and broken limbs. The women of the household all feel a continuing draw to work and even employment while the Earl wishes he could turn back the clock.
Rationing and lack of opportunity force desperate people into the black market and begging. Relationships forged while the spotlight was on Europe certainly do not conform to the old standards. The household will find itself shocked and scandalised by the new society of 1919.
Episode seven of this blockbuster series will see the lives of the aristocrats and servants brought marginally closer together by staff shortages and the crumbling divisions between them. Nevertheless, the Dowager Countess knows that the gentry play a long game and she encourages her granddaughters to be wise in their choices.
Mary is growing cold under the tutelage of her safe-bet fiancé and even Sir Richard is surprised by her cruelty. The post-war world is still a cold place for both the upper and lower classes, though some good news does bring joy to the household.
Three weddings are on the cards, but who will it be?
Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 7 airs on ITV at 9pm on 30th 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