Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #6.1 

Lady Mary's past catches up with her when an unwelcome visitor delivers an ultimatum, and news about the running of Downton Hospital puts Violet on the warpath.



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Downstairs Mrs Hughes makes a strange request of Mrs Patmore regarding her forthcoming nuptials whilst Anna, hoping for a child with John, realizes a problem of her own though she does get potentially-good news from the police. However, talk of necessary economic measures at the abbey has the staff fearing for their jobs, especially when a neighbouring estate has to be sold. Upstairs a blackmailer threatens to expose Mary's fling with Gillingham whilst Edith has a more pleasant dilemma in whether or not to move to London to run the publishing house. Elsewhere Violet and Isobel lock horns over the future of the local hospital. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance


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3 January 2016 (USA)  »

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16 : 9
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Mrs. Hughes: I hadn't fully considered all the aspects of marriage, of what I was getting into.
Mrs. Patmore: I don't understand. What aspects? You know each other better than most couples at the start.
[They exchange glances]
Mrs. Patmore: Oh, my Lord. You mean...?
Mrs. Hughes: Yes. That is precisely what I mean.
Mrs. Patmore: Well, there's nothing so terrible about it, is there? So they say. I wouldn't know, of course.
Mrs. Hughes: Mrs. Patmore, look at me. I'm a woman in late middle age.
Mrs. Patmore: Oh, don't say 'late'.
Mrs. Hughes: I was not bad looking as a girl, if you can believe it.
Mrs. Patmore: Very ...
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Bridal Chorus
Composed by Richard Wagner
Hummed by Sophie McShera
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Satisfying, if not realistic finale.
12 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

I started out as a Downton Abbey skeptic, but after going on a totally unexpected marathon viewing of all eight seasons, I've emerged just like everyone else... a devoted, enthusiastic fan. This was surely one of the most delightful TV series to watch— to the eye, to the ear, and to the spirit. The superb acting, the sumptuous sets, the absolute perfection to detail, was wondrous to behold. Even the music was first-rate, an oft-overlooked part of any great production. But as Shakespeare was wont to say, "The play's the thing," and without the incredible writing skills of Julian Fellowes, DA could have easily been just another soap opera, with an English accent. You could say that Fellowes brought a sense of class and gentility to a genre mired in the worst of all possible worlds. That said, although I would have liked to have given the final episode a solid "10," alas, he decided—unadvisedly in my opinion—to give everyone a happy Hollywood ending, and while satisfying to the heart, not exactly within the realm of believability. Not to be overly harsh, I think if he would have left at least a few of the relationships to the imagination, instead of everyone winning the prince, the ending of this television masterpiece would have resonated more strongly in its finale. In any event, this is one show that I will dearly miss. It was that good.

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