Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #1.5 

Bates sees Thomas stealing a bottle of wine, the footman tries to frame him for petty theft, and Mrs. Crawley tries to convince the Dowager Countess to surrender her annual entitlement prize for best bloom in the village.


Brian Kelly


Julian Fellowes (written and created by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Bonneville ... Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Jessica Brown Findlay ... Lady Sybil Crawley
Laura Carmichael ... Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter ... Charles Carson
Brendan Coyle ... John Bates
Michelle Dockery ... Lady Mary Crawley
Siobhan Finneran ... Sarah O'Brien
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Smith
Thomas Howes ... William Mason
Robert James-Collier ... Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
Rose Leslie ... Gwen Dawson
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera ... Daisy Robinson
Lesley Nicol ... Mrs. Patmore


August 1913. O'Brien and Thomas continue to spread their malice, ensuring that Lady Edith learns from Daisy where Kemal died and attempting to frame John Bates for the theft of a snuff-box though Anna, clearly fond of John, ensures the plan backfires on them. Thomas's gossip also discredits Lady Mary's eligibility as a bride and the family must entertain the middle-aged Sir Anthony Strallen as a prospective husband. Mary is bored by him and it brings her closer to Matthew but Edith seems genuinely interested in him. Mrs. Patmore, the cook, must accept that her eyesight is failing and Lady Sybil continues to encourage Gwen in her secretarial applications whilst Isobel actually teaches Lady Violet some altruism at the annual produce show. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

23 July 2011 (Netherlands) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The story-line involving the "Flower Show" is a mirror of a story-line from the film, "Mrs. Miniver," in which commoner Mr. Ballard enters his rose in a flower show against Lady Beldon, who always won. See more »


Matthew is angry at Mary after dinner and leaves abruptly. Mary see's him leave and follows immediately behind him. It takes her a mere 9 seconds to reach the front hall, and Matthew has already donned his large coat, his hat, and has left through the front door. He is 20 feet away walking home when Mary see's him through the door glass. He did all that in the few seconds that she was behind in reaching the front hall. Impossible. See more »


Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [sarcastically] You are quite wonderful the way you see room for improvement wherever you look. I never knew such reforming zeal!
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: I take that as a compliment.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [drolly] I must have said it wrong.
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References The Forsyte Saga: Strike (1967) See more »


Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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17 December 2017 | by jp281995See all my reviews

Lady Mary and Lady Edith go against each other and compete, while Mrs. Crawley thinks the Dowager Countess makes herself win in a flower contest.

It's really fun to see and watch the Dowager Countess "fighting" with Matthew's mother. She provides laughter in this series. She is definitely my favorite character now.

I also feel bad for Lady Edith here.

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