April 1912:- The heir to the title of Earl of Grantham, long time inhabitant of Downton Abbey, perishes on the 'Titanic'. Robert, the benevolent current earl, owes his wealth to his American wife Cora but they have only three daughters, who cannot inherit by law, so another heir must be found by marrying off Mary, the eldest girl. The Duke of Crowborough is a possibility but he is a closet gay who only has eyes for Thomas, the handsome but obnoxious footman, and soon departs. Robert's mother, the dowager, and Cora decide that the next best candidate is Matthew Crawley, a distant cousin, but Cora knows that the spirited Mary will not be happy with their choice. Downstairs there is also unrest as Thomas is passed over for promotion to valet in favour of Robert's batman from the Boer War, John Bates, who now limps due to a war wound. Along with Cora's maid Miss O'Brien, Thomas schemes to discredit Bates in the eyes of butler Carson and forces his resignation but Robert intervenes and ...
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While talking with Cora prior to sleeping, the candle on Robert's bedside table disappears and reappears with only the flame visible until finally he blows it out, at which time it has reappeared completely at the edge of the table. See more
Seems like a lot of food, when you think they're all in mourning.
Nothin' makes you hungrier or more tired than grief. When my sister died, god rest her soul, I ate my way through four platefuls of sandwiches at one sitting and slept round the clock.
Did it make you feel better?
Not much, but it passed the time.
Opening Theme (From Downton Abbey)
Written by John Lunn
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