Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #1.3 

Gwen's ambitions to leave service to become a secretary is discouraged, Bates takes painful steps to overcome his limp, and a dashing Turkish diplomat visiting Downton seems to work his charms on everyone - especially Mary.

Director:

Ben Bolt

Writer:

Julian Fellowes (written and created by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Bonneville ... Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Jessica Brown Findlay ... Lady Sybil Crawley
Laura Carmichael ... Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter ... Charles Carson
Brendan Coyle ... John Bates
Michelle Dockery ... Lady Mary Crawley
Siobhan Finneran ... Sarah O'Brien
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Smith
Thomas Howes ... William Mason
Robert James-Collier ... Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
Rose Leslie ... Gwen Dawson
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera ... Daisy Robinson
Lesley Nicol ... Mrs. Patmore
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Storyline

March 1913. Gwen, one of the maids, has bought a typewriter and has applied for a secretarial post. Most of the staff are dismissive of her aspirations but the family - except Violet, of course - are supportive, and youngest daughter Sybil offers to supply a reference. Evelyn Napier, considered an eligible catch for Mary, arrives for the hunt, bringing his handsome friend Kemal Pamuk, a Turkish diplomat, who throws himself at her. He goes to her room at night for sex, during which he dies of a heart attack. Mary, Cora, and head housemaid Anna return the body to his room and agree to say nothing but are seen by Daisy the kitchen maid. The gruesome twosome of O'Brien and Thomas are also suspicious. Matthew spends a delightful day with Edith, the middle daughter, while Mrs. Hughes literally helps Bates out of a painful situation and they become friendly. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Lady Mary says 'Just making sure everything is ship shape and Bristol fashion.' This is a phrase meaning in good and seaman-like order, as on a ship. The expression had its origin when Bristol was the major west coast port of Britain. It's used very little now, if at all. See more »

Goofs

At the hunt, the riders and dogs cross a stone bridge over a modern asphalt road. While paved roads could be found in large cities such as London, it was impossible for a country estate like Downton to have those in 1913. See more »

Quotes

Lady Mary Crawley: [to Matthew Crawley] You should learn to forget what I say. I know I do.
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Connections

References Upstairs, Downstairs: A Suitable Marriage (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Downton Abbey - The Suite
(uncredited)
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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A Scandalous Affair
17 December 2017 | by jp281995See all my reviews

Below stairs, the housemaid Gwen dreams of leaving service to become a secretary. Meanwhile upstairs, the family is visited by a handsome and charming Turkish man, much more to the delight of Lady Mary.

I am really impressed by this series. Michelle Dockery here is simply outstanding. That scene is really shocking.


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