Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #3.8 

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Change arrives in a big way for several key characters at Downton Abbey. A yearly cricket match with the village sees old scores settled and new plots are hatched.


David Evans


Julian Fellowes (written and created by)





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Bonneville ... Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Laura Carmichael ... Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter ... Charles Carson
Brendan Coyle ... John Bates
Michelle Dockery ... Lady Mary Crawley
Kevin Doyle ... Joseph Molesley
Siobhan Finneran ... Sarah O'Brien
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Bates
Robert James-Collier ... Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
Allen Leech ... Tom Branson
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera ... Daisy Mason
Matt Milne ... Alfred Nugent
Lesley Nicol ... Mrs. Patmore


Carson promises Thomas that if he resigns, citing John's return as the reason, he will give him a good reference. However, O'Brien persuades Jimmy to tell the butler that he will call the police unless the reference is withdrawn. Violet's great-niece Rose comes to stay, apparently bored with London, though she is keen to accompany Edith to town for a day, staying with Rosamund. However, she gives them the slip to go to a club with her married boyfriend who was the reason her mother sent her to Violet, and, along with Matthew, they lean on her to return. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

10 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The fact that Thomas would be exceptionally good at cricket is not a coincidence as historically footmen were chosen primarily for their physical attributes, since their job was similar to a lackey. They were also selected for show as much as use and factors such as athleticism, height and good looks played a large part in their employment. See more »


During Violet and Rose's talk Rose's necklace keeps changing place. See more »


Tom Branson: You won't make a gentleman of me, you know. You an teach me to fish to ride to shoot, but I'll still be an Irish mick in my heart.
Matthew Crawley: So I should hope.
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Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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Her Ladyship's Soap
29 December 2017 | by jp281995See all my reviews

Poor Thomas is sacked but is leaving with good references after ten years of service. A despicable Miss O'Brien won't let that happen. Meanwhile, we are introduced to the free-spirited, young and beautiful distant cousin, Rose Maclare, who hates London and is going to stay with the Dowager Countess for a while.

I really don't find it surprising to pity Thomas Barrow. At least we know now that he's just human, we get to see the depth of his character. Anyway, I still don't have an idea why Miss O'Brien is a horrible person. Maybe we'll know why soon, then maybe I'll "like" her too, just as how I "like" Thomas now.

Meanwhile, Lady Maclare introduces us to a world so different from a posh and beautiful Downton Abbey.

The episode ends with a cricket match.

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