Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #5.2 

James leaves Downton, Mary has a weekend rendezvous with Gillingham, Carson and the Earl disagree for the site of the War memorial, a wireless becomes part of Downton life, and Edith becomes Marigold's godmother.

Director:

Catherine Morshead

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
Laura Carmichael ... Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter ... Charles Carson
Raquel Cassidy ... Baxter
Brendan Coyle ... John Bates
Tom Cullen ... Anthony Gillingham
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
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Storyline

Plans for the war memorial do not go as smoothly as hoped. Rose tries to get a wireless at Downton, while Mary goes to Liverpool for her weekend with Lord Gillingham. Edith wants to get more involved in baby Marigold's life and Baxter still refuses to reveal her whole story. Art historian Simon Bricker is a houseguest who seems to be interested in more than just the paintings at the Abbey. Written by Anonymous

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speech | king | wireless | tryst | radio | See All (38) »

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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16 : 9
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Trivia

Hugh Bonneville as the Earl of Grantham comes close to breaking the fourth wall, that is, addressing the audience, when he comments about the idea of getting a "wireless" (radio) for Downton Abbey. His meta line could easily describe television: "I find the whole idea a kind of thief of life, that people should waste hours huddled around a wooden box, listening to someone talking at them, burbling inanities from somewhere else." See more »

Quotes

Anthony Gillingham: Plantagenets are as susceptible as housemaids when it comes to sex.
Lady Mary Crawley: Are we talking about sex... or love?
Anthony Gillingham: Oh, that is a question that mankind has been wrestling with since the dawn of time.
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Downton Abbey - The Suite
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Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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a king in the wireless..
29 January 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Downton Abbey

Fellowes has successfully managed to make a soap opera melodrama, luxury rather than a necessity. This royal family and the impact it casts upon others surrounding them is the ultimate definition of royalty, in terms of that it spews each of our assumptions of the livelihood of people residing in such palace onto the screen with elegance and stature that does more than people-pleasing work. The emotions comes in plethora of it- hence arguable the titled genre melodrama- but what doesn't come in hand is the content, the writers fiddles with you with such panache that you are rumble down to be gullible enough to nod at anything offered. And this is primary the reason, why in its middle seasons, where the writing was questioned and yet loved and accepted by us effervescently.

Its primary theme that it adapts or conjures for an episode is shared by an entire cast that makes the episode balance and all the tracks, no matter how long they may carry on later, gets a definite period within that hour for you to pin down your decision. The most difficult part of the writers is to pass on information or rumors in this too-big-a-palace but with flawed three dimensional characters, it is weaved out with excellent justifying reasons leaving you in an awe of it.

Fellowes doesn't share its cast, nor a scene, nor humor, nor any anchor that would weight him down to take bold risks, he doesn't compromise on lopping off a character from the screen or adding one despite of being shared by so many, he has managed to reboot the drama until every last viewers gets that point jaggedly on mark. The series is also blessed with incredible cast like Dockery, Bonneville, Carter, Coyle and Smith that stands out among plenty other performances. Downton Abbey is, yes, cheesy, but each aspect of the series owns it, and with commitment like such comes maturity and just good storytelling.

Season 05

Scattering your expectations on where the trajectory was leading towards, this fifth act of these series is clearly a bit mellow and mature one, it believes on mending things rather than marching and with another humble stay at Downton Abbey, no guests ought to regret.

Episode #5.2

This is the chapter where the writers are just gathering the material and forming a background story of the characters to whirl the viewers in upcoming events, for what it's worth a new love affair seems to breed itself among servants.


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