Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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The London Season 

Summer of 1923. It's summer and as part of Rose's 'coming out' she is to be presented at Buckingham Palace. The Crawley family go to London to prepare Grantham House for this busy social program.


Jon East


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
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Bates
Lily James ... Lady Rose MacClare
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
Lesley Nicol ... Mrs. Patmore
Maggie Smith ... Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham


1923. A year has passed and Edith returned from Switzerland having secretly had her baby and given her up for adoption. The family and staff journey to London for debutante Lady Rose to be presented to the king. Martha Levinson and her son Harold also turn up and Mary meets both Anthony and Charles, who openly vie for her attention. Rose goes to a club with married friend Freda Dudley-Ward, from whom the cardsharp Sampson steals a love letter from the Prince of Wales. Mary and Charles endeavour to retrieve it in vain, though the escapade brings them closer. John is called upon to help obtain it. Mary is annoyed to learn from Anthony that the supposedly-republican Charles is himself an aristocrat's heir. Mrs Hughes and Mary discover that John was indeed in London on the day of Green's death. Martha attracts gold-digging admirer Lord Aysgarth but sees through him and turns down his proposal, though Harold, to his surprise, charms Aysgarth's daughter Madeleine and the Levinson valet ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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23 February 2014 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Rose meets HM King George V and his wife Queen Mary. In real life Lily James who plays Rose is dating actor Matt Smith who played George and Mary's grandson in law Prince Phillip on The Crown. See more »


In the ball scene towards the end of the episode, we clearly see that only a string trio is playing, yet the soundtrack is obviously that of a lush, full string orchestra. See more »


Ethan Slade: [Getting a bit annoyed that Carson keeps referring to him as "Mr. Levinson"] Mr. Carson: My employer is called Levinson. Not me.
Charles Carson: In this house, you both are.
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Downton Abbey The Suite
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Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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The Season
5 January 2018 | by jp281995See all my reviews

It's the grand event of coming out for the young women of the aristocrats. Lady Rose's debut ball is going to be held at the Grantham House. We meet again the free-spirited American mom of Cora, Martha Levinson, and this time her mother brings Cora's playboy brother Harold, who does not know how to act properly in very formal situations. I really love Martha, I just wish we would see her more.

Meanwhile, there's the Prince of Wales, whose love letter to his mistress are stolen by Sampson, thanks to Lady Rose's carelessness.

We also meet a very American (and hot) young man, the valet of Harold Levinson. He likes Daisy (great for her). He asks her to be a cook for Harold in the US, and for that they will have more time together.

My favorite scenes always include the Dowager Countess disagreeing with Martha. I love the scene where Violet was going into her room, and Martha tells her that her world's slipping away, but Martha's world's just beginning. I think it's a great, powerful scene.

I love this episode really.

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