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A Moorland Holiday 

Autumn of 1924. It's grouse shooting season and Rose's father-in-law invites the Crawley family to a shooting party in Northumberland.


Minkie Spiro


Julian Fellowes (written and created by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Bonneville ... Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Laura Carmichael ... Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter ... Charles Carson
Raquel Cassidy ... Baxter
Brendan Coyle ... John Bates
Michelle Dockery ... Lady Mary Crawley
Kevin Doyle ... Joseph Molesley
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Bates
Lily James ... Lady Rose MacClare
Robert James-Collier ... Thomas Barrow
Allen Leech ... Tom Branson
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera ... Daisy Mason
Lesley Nicol ... Mrs. Patmore


It's grouse-shooting season, and Rose's father-in-law, Lord Sinderby, has rented out Brancaster Castle in Northumberland and invited the Crawley family to a shooting party. Stowell, the Sinderbys' butler, has an ax to grind and a scandalous secret threatens to undermine the holiday. Surprises are in store as the families become better acquainted with each other and some new faces arrive on the scene. Meanwhile, the servants hold the fort back at Downton. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance








Release Date:

1 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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16 : 9
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When Anna explains how she started her life in service, she mentions that she left home at a young girl and got a job as 'tweenie. 'Tweenies were young teenage girls at the lowest rung of the service ladder. They got their name in the era before indoor plumbing, when they had to carry very heavy buckets of water and waste up and down the stairs, and thus they were always found 'tween the floors. See more »


The year of the episode is 1924. The Bentley driven by Henry Talbot is a 1927 Bentley 3 Litre, chassis number RE1400 that was delivered to the original buyer in November 1926. See more »


Mrs. Hughes: Who knows what the future may hold? Or how much longer we'll even be here? Suppose you want to move away and change your life entirely. You don't want to be stuck with me.
Charles Carson: But that's the point.
Mrs. Hughes: What is?
Charles Carson: I do want to be stuck with you.
Mrs. Hughes: I'm not convinced I can be hearing this right.
Charles Carson: You are, if you think I'm asking you to marry me... Well?
Mrs. Hughes: Well, you could knock me down with a feather.
Charles Carson: And you're not offended?
Mrs. Hughes: Oh, Mr Carson, I can assure you the very last thing in the world that I am at this ...
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Performed by Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael
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Visually pretty but a little flat
2 January 2015 | by SsunTsuSee all my reviews

It was a visually lovely episode, and I liked that several problems were resolved; 1) Lord Sinderby's attitude problem (although Aticus now has a little illegitimate brother), 2) Edith's child is no longer a secret with Lord Grantham and Tom. Then Fellowes flogs another murder scenario (I'm a lawyer, they hadn't enough to arrest Anna.) Mary seems to have no end of admirers, but not one ever criticizes her obnoxious superior attitude toward others, her lack of interest in the world around her (she's the Dowager Countess reborn) or her lack of any real accomplishments; she thinks she's the perpetual débutante, like Scarlet O'Hara; Mary has title and money, but she's beginning to age and not a nice person. Edith is mooning over Marigold and ignoring her publishing house; I'd like to see her carve out a great career and a life in London, and it makes no sense that she's not offering Tom a job as a writer; he'd be close by with Sybbie, could have a London life, and still influence changes in the estate. Tom is way too nice for Mary, but would be a perfect match for Edith. The Granthams were just dull, and I was disappointed in Mrs. Crawley's decision. This finale could have been so much better if they'd opened up some new avenues for season 6 instead of wasting time on old plot traps. IMO, Season 2 was amazingly good with the War as a backdrop, and I'd like to see something similar in Season 6, perhaps with depression and the rise of fascism.

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