Downton Abbey

Times They Are a Changin’ at Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey returned Sunday night on PBS with the long-awaited U.S. premiere of Season 5. The changing political climate in England had the Crawleys, their lovers, friends and employees on edge in 1924. Additionally, a fire threatened everyone and everything Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) held dear. Jolly good show!

Downton Abbey Recap: The London Season

 
The Crawley family headed to London in the of summer 1923 for Rose’s (Lily James) coming out season.  Cora’s (Elizabeth McGovern) brother Harold (Paul Giamatti) and her mother Martha (Shirley MacLaine) even came to visit. 
 
Tom (Allen Leech) decided to go later and ran into Sarah (Daisy Lewis) when he went to have dinner in the village.  She invited herself over for a tour, and an uncomfortable Tom agreed. 

Downton Abbey Recap: Mary Plots to Keep Anna and Rose Safe


With Gregson (Charles Edwards) still missing, Edith (Laura Carmichael) planned to give her baby to a kindly tenant farmer, to adopt and raise with his children. Rosamund (Samantha Bond) advised against this, since it would be too painful to see one’s child raised by someone else. 
 
Instead, she convinced Edith to go on holiday to Switzerland with her, and give the baby up there. Violet (Maggie Smith) realized what was going on, and gave them the money for their trip.