List of Downton Abbey episodes

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Downton Abbey is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece.[1] It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2010 and on PBS in the United States on 9 January 2011, as part of the Masterpiece Classic anthology. Six series have been made, the sixth airing in the autumn of 2015 in the UK and Ireland and in January 2016 in the United States. On 26 March 2015, the sixth series was confirmed to be the final series,[2] with the final episode airing in the UK on 25 December 2015 on ITV. During the course of the programme, 52 episodes of Downton Abbey aired over six series. Two feature films, Downton Abbey (2019) and Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022), have since been produced.[3][4]

Series overview[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally airedAve. UK viewers
(millions)[5]
First airedLast aired
1726 September 2010 (2010-09-26)7 November 2010 (2010-11-07)9.70
2818 September 2011 (2011-09-18)6 November 2011 (2011-11-06)11.68
Special25 December 2011 (2011-12-25)
3816 September 2012 (2012-09-16)4 November 2012 (2012-11-04)11.91
Special25 December 2012 (2012-12-25)
4822 September 2013 (2013-09-22)10 November 2013 (2013-11-10)11.84
Special25 December 2013 (2013-12-25)
5821 September 2014 (2014-09-21)9 November 2014 (2014-11-09)10.40
Special25 December 2014 (2014-12-25)
6820 September 2015 (2015-09-20)8 November 2015 (2015-11-08)10.42
Special25 December 2015 (2015-12-25)

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (2010)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [6]
11"Episode One"Brian PercivalJulian Fellowes26 September 2010 (2010-09-26)9.25
22"Episode Two"Ben BoltJulian Fellowes3 October 2010 (2010-10-03)9.97
33"Episode Three"Ben BoltJulian Fellowes10 October 2010 (2010-10-10)8.97
44"Episode Four"Brian KellyJulian Fellowes, Shelagh Stephenson17 October 2010 (2010-10-17)9.70
55"Episode Five"Brian KellyJulian Fellowes24 October 2010 (2010-10-24)9.40
66"Episode Six"Brian PercivalJulian Fellowes, Tina Pepler31 October 2010 (2010-10-31)9.84
77"Episode Seven"Brian PercivalJulian Fellowes7 November 2010 (2010-11-07)10.77

Series 2 (2011)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [6]
81"Episode One"Ashley PearceJulian Fellowes18 September 2011 (2011-09-18)11.41
92"Episode Two"Ashley PearceJulian Fellowes25 September 2011 (2011-09-25)11.77[nb 1]
103"Episode Three"Andy GoddardJulian Fellowes2 October 2011 (2011-10-02)11.33[nb 2]
114"Episode Four"Brian KellyJulian Fellowes9 October 2011 (2011-10-09)11.30[nb 3]
125"Episode Five"Brian KellyJulian Fellowes16 October 2011 (2011-10-16)11.59[nb 4]
136"Episode Six"Andy GoddardJulian Fellowes23 October 2011 (2011-10-23)11.33[nb 5]
147"Episode Seven"James StrongJulian Fellowes30 October 2011 (2011-10-30)12.26[nb 6]
158"Episode Eight"James StrongJulian Fellowes6 November 2011 (2011-11-06)12.45[nb 7]
Special
16"Christmas at Downton Abbey"Brian PercivalJulian Fellowes25 December 2011 (2011-12-25)12.11[nb 8]

Series 3 (2012)[edit]

No.
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No. in
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [6]
171"Episode One"Brian PercivalJulian Fellowes16 September 2012 (2012-09-16)11.43[nb 9]
7.9 (PBS)[35]
March/April 1920. Cora's mother, Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine),[31] arrives at Downton for Matthew and Mary's wedding. Lord Grantham learns that his massive investment of Cora's fortune in the Grand Trunk Railway has failed. Meanwhile, O'Brien's nephew, Alfred, joins the staff downstairs as a footman. Sybil and her husband, Tom Branson, return to Downton to a muted reception, as Branson remains highly vocal about his political beliefs. Matthew helps soothe the situation by choosing Branson as his best man. Matthew and Mary are married.
182"Episode Two"Brian PercivalJulian Fellowes23 September 2012 (2012-09-23)12.08[nb 10]
April 1920. Mary and the Dowager Countess conspire to show Downton at its grandest to persuade Mrs Levinson to donate money and save them from financial ruin, though she declines. Meanwhile, downstairs, O'Brien and Thomas wage war against one another due to Alfred's recent promotion as Matthew's valet, whilst Mrs Levinson's maid takes a shine to Alfred. Mrs Hughes faces a cancer scare, and Isobel Crawley finds that Ethel has become a prostitute. Edith actively pursues Anthony Strallan as a potential husband and he proposes.
193"Episode Three"Andy GoddardJulian Fellowes30 September 2012 (2012-09-30)11.96[nb 11]
May 1920. Matthew finally agrees to accept Lavinia's late father's money, saving Downton. Lord Grantham refuses to accept the money outright, instead insisting that he and Matthew become joint masters of Downton. Edith's wedding day arrives, but at the altar, Sir Anthony Strallan suddenly changes his mind and calls off the ceremony. Mrs Hughes receives the news that she does not have cancer. Thomas tries to get revenge on O'Brien by spreading a rumour to the family that she is leaving Downton. Bates's cellmate tries to get him into trouble by planting drugs in his bunk.
204"Episode Four"Andy GoddardJulian Fellowes7 October 2012 (2012-10-07)11.83[nb 12]
May 1920. Branson is wanted by the Irish police. He escapes to Downton Abbey without Sybil, outraging the Crawleys. Sybil arrives safely at Downton soon afterwards. Anna has not received any letters from Bates and is no longer allowed to visit; similarly, Bates wonders why Anna's letters and visits have stopped. Ethel decides to let her son live with his grandparents so he can have a better life. Carson recruits a new footman, Jimmy Kent, who attracts the attention of both the female staff and Thomas. Ivy Stuart, the new kitchen maid, draws Alfred's attention away from Daisy. Edith writes to a newspaper supporting more widespread women's suffrage.
215"Episode Five"Jeremy WebbJulian Fellowes14 October 2012 (2012-10-14)11.93[nb 13]
May 1920. After her letter to the editor is published, Edith is asked to write a regular newspaper column, though some of the family are unsupportive. Matthew believes that Robert has been mismanaging the estate and finds an ally in George Murray, the family solicitor. Mary is angry when she discovers their collaboration. Sybil goes into labour and Lord Grantham hires a famous obstetrician, Sir Philip Tapsel. Dr Clarkson believes Sybil is suffering from eclampsia and should be taken to hospital, but Sir Philip argues that Sybil is fit and healthy. Sybil delivers a girl but, during the night, she goes into convulsions and dies. Cora blames Robert for the death.
226"Episode Six"Jeremy WebbJulian Fellowes21 October 2012 (2012-10-21)12.06[nb 14]
May/June 1920. Branson names his daughter Sybil and plans to baptise her as a Catholic, to which Lord Grantham is firmly opposed. The Dowager Countess pressures Dr Clarkson into retracting his assertion that Sybil might have survived had she undergone a Caesarean section, and Cora forgives Robert. Anna finds evidence that might prove Bates innocent. Ethel, now working for Mrs Crawley, prepares a luncheon for the Crawley women with Mrs Patmore's help. Lord Grantham is outraged that Isobel would allow a former prostitute prepare lunch for his family.
237"Episode Seven"David EvansJulian Fellowes28 October 2012 (2012-10-28)11.82[nb 15]
July 1920. Bates is freed from prison. Persuaded by O'Brien, Thomas makes a midnight visit to Jimmy's room and kisses him as he sleeps—just as Alfred enters the room. Jimmy is outraged and disgusted; so is Alfred. Edith goes to London to meet with a magazine editor, Michael Gregson, and accepts his offer to write a weekly column for The Sketch . Branson's uncouth brother comes to Downton. Matthew continues to confront Lord Grantham about the estate's mismanagement, leading to the resignation of the family's long-time agent, Jarvis. Tom is appointed as Downton's agent. His daughter Sybil is baptised at a Catholic church in Ripon with the Crawley family in attendance.
248"Episode Eight"David EvansJulian Fellowes4 November 2012 (2012-11-04)12.15[nb 16]
Before 11 August 1920. Downton Abbey's annual cricket match with the village takes place. Alfred complains about Thomas to the police, and detectives arrive at the cricket match to see Alfred; Lord Grantham persuades the police that it was all a misunderstanding. The Dowager Countess's great niece, Lady Rose MacClare—the daughter of the Dowager Countess's niece, Susan, Marchioness of Flintshire and her husband, Hugh, Marquess of Flintshire—visits. A trip to London reveals that Rose likes to drink, dance, and go to clubs. Mary and Matthew discover they have separately been visiting a London doctor to find out why they have had no children; Mary reveals she has had a minor operation, and they can now look forward to starting a family.
Special
25"A Journey to the Highlands"Andy GoddardJulian Fellowes25 December 2012 (2012-12-25)10.28[nb 17]
August 1921. The Crawley family heads to Duneagle Castle in Scotland, to visit Lady Rose and her warring parents, Hugh ("Shrimpie") and Susan, the Marquess and Marchioness of Flintshire. Bates, Anna, Molesley, and O'Brien also make the trip. Michael Gregson tells Lady Edith that he will be in Scotland as well. Mary and Matthew disagree about Gregson's motives. Gregson later declares his feelings for Edith. Shrimpie tells Lord Grantham that he will have to sell his estate because he did not modernise it like Downton, and now the money is all gone. Tom remains at Downton with one-year-old Sybbie. The staff looks forward to the approaching country fair, and Carson struggles to keep them concentrating on work. Mrs Patmore becomes involved in a budding romance. At the country fair, Jimmy is nearly robbed after winning money from betting on the tug of war, but is saved by Thomas, who was following him and is robbed and beaten in his place. They later agree just to be friends. Lady Mary returns early from Scotland, rushing to Cottage Hospital to deliver a healthy baby. Matthew soon joins her and meets his son and heir, but while returning to Downton Abbey, he is killed in a car accident.[57][58][59]

Series 4 (2013)[edit]

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No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [6]
261"Episode One"David EvansJulian Fellowes22 September 2013 (2013-09-22)11.96[nb 18]
February 1922. Lady Mary deeply mourns Matthew, feeling little motherly love for baby George. Lord Grantham and Branson dispute the estate's management and struggle to pay death duties. Miss O'Brien suddenly leaves Downton to serve Lady Flintshire. Needing a maid, Cora hires former servant Edna, who has trained as a lady's maid. Cora fires Nanny West when she overhears her disparaging remarks about baby Sybil. Mr Molesley has lost his job following Matthew's death; the Dowager Countess tries helping him by letting him serve at a luncheon. The servants are excited by Valentine's Day; Mrs Patmore struggles to deal with an electric whisk. Carson consoles Mary to bring her out of mourning. She initially resents it, accusing him of impertinence, but later apologises and has a good cry in his arms.
272"Episode Two"David EvansJulian Fellowes29 September 2013 (2013-09-29)12.10[nb 19]
March 1922. A letter is found from Matthew, appointing Mary his sole heir; Lord Grantham is displeased and prefers that Mary not be involved in managing the estate. Violet secretly supports Mary, and urges her to learn the business from Tom. Discovering that Molesley has fallen on hard times, is working as a labourer, and has debts, Bates gets money from the Dowager Countess, and pretends to repay him an earlier debt. Lady Rose and Anna attend a tea dance in York held for servants. Lord Grantham's solicitor confirms that Matthew's letter is as good as a Will. Everyone urges him to include Mary in running the estate.
283"Episode Three"Catherine MorsheadJulian Fellowes6 October 2013 (2013-10-06)11.86[nb 20]
April 1922. A house party is held at Downton. Lady Mary renews an acquaintance with the suave Lord Gillingham, who flirts with her. A card sharp fleeces the gentlemen and is fleeced in turn. During Nellie Melba's (Kiri Te Kanawa) performance, Lord Gillingham's valet, Mr Green, violently assaults and rapes Anna. Tom feels uncomfortable amongst all the guests; Edna takes advantage by getting him drunk and sneaking into his bedroom afterwards. Anna makes Mrs Hughes promise to tell no one about the rape, especially Bates, for fear he will kill Green and be hanged for it.
294"Episode Four"Catherine MorsheadJulian Fellowes13 October 2013 (2013-10-13)11.75[nb 21]
April 1922. Edna claims she could be pregnant and wants Tom to marry her. Mrs Hughes confronts her and Edna leaves Downton. Lady Rose accompanies Mary and Tom to London where they stay with Lady Rosamund, who has sneakily invited Lord Gillingham and Bullock to join them. They go to a jazz club where Jack Ross, the club's black singer, dances with Rose, to others' discomfort. Anna, feeling unworthy of Bates, grows distant and moves back into the main house. Michael Gregson is about to depart for Germany; if he becomes a German citizen, he may be able to divorce his insane wife. Lady Rosamund discovers that Edith spent the night with Gregson, and warns her about damaging her reputation. Lord Gillingham proposes to Mary but she refuses, saying she is still grieving Matthew's death.
305"Episode Five"Philip JohnJulian Fellowes20 October 2013 (2013-10-20)11.39[nb 22]
May 1922. Carson considers re-hiring Mr Molesley if Alfred leaves to attend a chef training programme, but Molesley, unhappy at being demoted to a footman, dithers too long over the offer, and loses the opportunity. Thomas pressures Cora's new lady's maid, Baxter, to spy on everyone for him. Cora has to persuade a nervous Mrs Patmore to exchange their ice-box for a refrigerator. Edith visits a London doctor. Tom considers moving to America. Bates continues to pressure Anna to explain her behaviour. Mrs Hughes tells him that a stranger broke into the servants' hall and raped Anna. Bates and Anna reconcile, but he suspects Green committed the crime.
316"Episode Six"Philip JohnJulian Fellowes27 October 2013 (2013-10-27)11.54
June 1922. Alfred leaves for the Ritz chef training programme, and Carson is not keen for Molesley to replace him. Edith learns that she is pregnant. Bates and Anna go to dinner at a posh hotel where a snobbish maître d'hôtel tries to bar them; fortunately, Cora is there, and ensures they are admitted. Rose arranges for the jazz club band to play at Robert's birthday. Carson is scandalised to see Jack, the black singer, at Downton Abbey. After the party, Mary sees Rose and Jack kissing in the servants' hall. Government inspectors arrive to survey the financial viability of the landed estates in Yorkshire: Mr Napier, an old friend of Lady Mary, and Mr Blake, an acerbic liberal who politely clashes with her.
327"Episode Seven"Ed HallJulian Fellowes3 November 2013 (2013-11-03)11.93
July 1922. Robert leaves for America to bail Cora's playboy brother out of trouble. Mary, told by Mrs Hughes about what happened to Anna, persuades Robert to take Thomas with him as his valet instead of Bates. The Dowager Countess falls ill with bronchitis, and is nursed by Isobel. Tom attends a council meeting and meets a chirpy young woman, Sarah Bunting. Edith and Rose go to London, where Rose continues to pursue her romantic relationship with Jack. Edith decides to have an abortion, but backs out at the last minute. Lord Gillingham and his valet, Green, arrive at Downton, and Mrs Hughes tells Green that she knows what he did and warns him to stay clear of Anna whilst there. During the servants' dinner, Green reveals that he went to the servants' hall during Dame Nellie's recital.
338"Episode Eight"Ed HallJulian Fellowes10 November 2013 (2013-11-10)12.16
August 1922. Edith wants a tenant farmer and his wife to care for her baby, but Lady Rosamund suggests she go to Switzerland and give up the baby there. Alfred proposes to Ivy, but begins appreciating Daisy's loyalty after Ivy refuses him. Daisy is confused over her feelings, but gives Alfred up, and he leaves for good. Lord Gillingham, who is ending his engagement, visits briefly, still pursuing Mary; she has learned about Green's crime and wants Gillingham to dismiss the valet, which he agrees to do. The church bazaar is held, organised by Cora; during it, Lord Grantham arrives unexpectedly, as does Lord Gillingham, to tell Mary that Green was killed in a road accident in Piccadilly. Anna realizes that Bates had the same day off, supposedly to go to York, and he will not say what he was doing there.
Special
34"The London Season"Jon EastJulian Fellowes25 December 2013 (2013-12-25)9.4[nb 23]
Summer 1923: The Granthams move to their London residence for Rose's debutante ball and presentation at Court. They are joined by Cora's brother, Harold, and mother, Martha, from the United States. Lord Gillingham and Mr Blake attend. Tom and Thomas initially remain at Downton. Tom unexpectedly meets with Sarah Bunting, who asks for a tour of Downton Abbey. At a party, Rose's indiscretion leads to card-sharp, Mr Sampson, stealing a letter from the Prince of Wales to his mistress, Freda Dudley Ward, from her handbag. Rose tells Lord Grantham, who invites Sampson to a poker party while Mary, Rose, and Charles Blake search Sampson's flat, but they are unable to find the letter. As the players leave, Bates assists Sampson with his coat and picks his pocket to retrieve the letter. Mrs Hughes finds a train ticket in Bates's coat for York to London on the day Green died. She tells Mary, and they agree to keep quiet. At the ball, Gillingham surprises Mary by revealing Mr Blake is actually cousin and heir to a very wealthy baronet with a large estate. Edith has given birth to a girl, and arranges the baby girl's placement with a tenant farmer at Downton, keeping the girl's illegitimacy a secret. Lady Grantham asks Carson to arrange an outing for the staff; Mrs Hughes persuades him to arrange a day at the seaside. Mrs Hughes entices Carson to go wading in the surf, holding her hand for support.

Series 5 (2014)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [6]
351"Episode One"Catherine MorsheadJulian Fellowes21 September 2014 (2014-09-21)10.71
February 1924: Both Robert and Carson are upset by the election of a Labour government. The villagers want to build a war memorial, and they ask Carson to head the committee. Lady Edith has had no word from Michael Gregson for almost two years (he left for Germany in April 1922), and is upset at being unable to participate in the life of her daughter, Marigold. Lady Mary agrees to have a secret affair with Lord Gillingham. Tom Branson grows closer to school teacher Sarah Bunting. Lord Merton pursues Isobel, who is not interested. Rather than give in to Thomas' blackmail, Baxter reveals her past to Cora: she was convicted of stealing jewellery from a previous employer. When Thomas tries to expose Baxter, Cora tells him she already knows Baxter’s story and that his position at Downton is now precarious. Miss Bunting is invited to Robert and Cora's 34th wedding anniversary, but stirs up conflict with her left-wing comments. Thomas rescues Lady Edith from a fire in her bedroom, restoring him to Cora's good graces. Because of the fire, Robert discovers footman Jimmy in bed with Lady Anstruther. She leaves before morning; Robert instructs Carson to dismiss Jimmy, but with a good character.
362"Episode Two"Catherine MorsheadJulian Fellowes28 September 2014 (2014-09-28)10.46
April 1924: Thomas reveals Miss Baxter's crime to Molesley; Baxter confirms everything. Charles Blake brings suave art historian Simon Bricker (Richard E. Grant) to view a painting by Piero della Francesca in the Downton collection. Bricker flirts with Cora, and Robert correctly labels him a bounder. Charles concedes that Mary now prefers Tony Gillingham. Mary asks Anna to procure a birth-control device for her tryst with Gillingham. Tenant farmer Mr Drewe, Marigold’s foster father, suggests that Edith become Marigold's patroness and godmother, allowing her to see her daughter more often. Violet and Isobel visit Lord Merton's country estate. Robert opposes getting a wireless, but rents one when King George V broadcasts a speech from the British Empire Exhibition. The local police sergeant arrives and tells Carson and Mrs Hughes there was a witness to Green's death and that inquiries must be made.
373"Episode Three"Catherine MorsheadJulian Fellowes5 October 2014 (2014-10-05)10.15

May 1924: Sergeant Willis reveals that a witness overheard Green telling someone he had been badly treated at Downton and that he disliked Bates. Mary and Gillingham spend an idyllic week driving around Cheshire, unrecognized, but Spratt, Violet's butler, spots them leaving a hotel in Liverpool and, clearly relishing the task, informs Violet. Violet instantly invents a cover story for the lovers. Later, she is greatly relieved when Mary tells her obliquely that she used birth control, and that Gillingham proposed before they became lovers: he wants to set the date. Violet still disapproves of her behaviour, but feels that this sheds a different light on it—-as long as the engagement is announced immediately. Cora is in London, visiting Rosamund. She spends a pleasant day with Mr. Bricker, exploring museums and galleries and having dinner out on the spur of the moment. Meanwhile, Robert decides to go up to London and surprise her. He is angry to learn how she spent the day and contemptuous of the idea that Bricker could find Cora’s comments on art useful or interesting.

Baxter goes to Cora and tells her the rest of her story, about the man who seduced, manipulated and abused her until she did his bidding in everything. Mrs Patmore is distressed that her nephew, Archie, has been excluded from the war memorial in Farsley, his home village, because the committee considered him unworthy. (Archie bravely enlisted at the very beginning of the war, but he later developed shell shock and was shot for cowardice.) Mrs Patmore hopes to have Archie’s name added to the monument in the Downton village, but Carson is adamantly against it. Edith's constant visits to see Marigold are upsetting Mrs Drewe, and Mr Drewe asks Edith to temporarily stay away. A developer wants to build fifty houses near the village, but Robert refuses to sell the land to build "50 modern monstrosities". Rose brings a group of refugee Russian aristocrats to Downton for tea; one of them, Prince Kuragin (Rade Šerbedžija), met Violet and her husband (Lord and Lady Grantham) in 1874 when they were in Russia for a royal wedding. Lord Gillingham is eager to wed Mary quickly, but she thinks that her judgement was clouded by desire and now doubts that he is the right man for her.
384"Episode Four"Minkie SpiroJulian Fellowes12 October 2014 (2014-10-12)10.25
May 1924: Violet takes Isobel to visit the Russian aristocrats, now living in poverty. Tom and Mary push the housing development. Rose's father, Lord Flintshire (Shrimpie) announces that he and his wife are divorcing. Lord Merton proposes to Isobel. Miss Baxter witnesses Thomas self-medicating. Mary tells Lord Gillingham she will not marry him. Mr Bricker visits again, to Robert's disapproval. Miss Bunting goes too far in goading Robert with her left-wing views, and is ordered to leave the house. Sergeant Willis returns to Downton; whilst in London with Mary, Anna was observed by an undercover officer visiting Lord Gillingham's flat in Albany. This is explained as her delivering a letter to Gillingham from Mary. However, she then went to Piccadilly, where Green was killed, making the police suspicious.
395"Episode Five"Minkie SpiroJulian Fellowes19 October 2014 (2014-10-19)10.39
1924: Inspector Vyner of Scotland Yard interviews Mary and Anna about Mr Green. Mrs Patmore decides to buy a cottage with her inheritance money and rent it out. Mrs Drewe tells her husband to forbid further contact between Marigold and Edith. Violet gets the entire story from Rosamund; they advise Edith to take the child to France. Charles Blake invites Mary to lunch, along with Tony Gillingham's former fiancée, Mabel Lane Fox; Blake has a cunning plan to reunite Gillingham and Mabel, leaving him free to court Mary, but Mabel walks out. Thomas is looking increasingly ill. With Robert away, Mr Bricker visits again and sneaks uninvited to Cora's bedroom. Robert arrives back early and discovers them. Robert remains distant with Cora, believing she is also at fault.
406"Episode Six"Philip JohnJulian Fellowes26 October 2014 (2014-10-26)9.87
1924: Violet visits Prince Kuragin. Edith learns that Michael was killed by some of Hitler's associates during the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich. She inherits his publishing company, removes Marigold from the Drewe's care, and goes to London. The police return and interview Miss Baxter. She admits to some suspicions about Bates and Green. Bates discovers Mary's contraceptive device hidden in Anna's drawer and accuses her of not wanting his child because she believes him a murderer. His unused train ticket would have proved he had never gone there, but Mary burned it, believing she was protecting him. Anna and Bates reconcile. Baxter takes Thomas to Dr Clarkson, and he admits he was attempting to "cure" his homosexuality. Cora and Robert reconcile. Carson asks Mrs Hughes if she would be interested in investing in a property with him. Robert's dog, Isis, appears to be unwell.
417"Episode Seven"Philip JohnJulian Fellowes2 November 2014 (2014-11-02)10.77
1924: Rose introduces her new friend Atticus Aldridge and his parents, Lord and Lady Sinderby, to the family. Isobel announces her engagement to Lord Merton. Mrs Drewe tells Cora Edith's secret, and Cora goes with Rosamund to see Edith in London. She suggests that Edith return home and pretend to adopt Marigold. Bates and Anna plan their future, and contemplate selling Bates's mother's house in London and buying a house or hotel nearby to let out. Tom has written to his cousin in Boston about moving to the United States. Lord Merton's two sons are rude and insolent to Isobel during dinner. Atticus proposes to Rose. Robert's beloved dog Isis is ill with cancer. He and Cora take her into their bed to comfort her in her final hours.
428"Episode Eight"Michael EnglerJulian Fellowes9 November 2014 (2014-11-09)10.44
1924: Everyone is in London for Rose and Atticus's wedding. Inspector Vyner calls Anna to take part in an identity parade at Scotland Yard. Tom shares with his sisters-in-law that he plans to move to Boston and become a business partner with his cousin. Inspector Vyner turns up unexpectedly and arrests Anna on suspicion of Green's murder, as she was identified by the witness as having been on the pavement near Green just before his death. The war memorial is unveiled, and Robert unveils a separate stone he ordered which honours Mrs Patmore's late nephew. Robert comes to the realisation that Marigold is Edith's daughter by the late Michael Gregson.
Special
43"A Moorland Holiday"Minkie SpiroJulian Fellowes25 December 2014 (2014-12-25)7.99
September and December 1924. Lord and Lady Sinderby invite the Granthams to Brancaster Castle, which they have rented from Peter Hexham, 6th Marquess of Hexham, for grouse shooting. While there, Edith meets Brancaster's agent, and Peter's second cousin once-removed, Bertie Pelham (Harry Hadden-Paton). Mary meets race car driver Henry Talbot (Matthew Goode), Lady Shackleton's nephew. The Dowager Countess reunites Prince Kuragin and his estranged wife. Carson and Mrs Hughes search for a house as an investment together, but Mrs Hughes reveals she has no money and cannot retire as she must pay for her mentally disabled younger sister Becky's care. Carson reveals he has bought a property in both their names. He then proposes marriage to Mrs Hughes, and she accepts. Isobel declines Lord Merton's earlier marriage proposal, not wanting to come between him and his sons. Robert learns he has a stomach ulcer, and agrees to stop drinking. He also tells Edith that he knows that Marigold is his grand-daughter and agrees to continue the pretence that she has been adopted by Edith. To absolve Anna, Bates writes a letter confessing to having attempted to kill Mr Green, and disappears - apparently to Ireland. Molesley and Baxter find the pub where Bates had lunch on the day in question, proving that he was not in London when Green was killed. Anna is released on bail. A big Christmas party is held for the Downton household. Tom has found work with his cousin in America and will be taking Sybbie with him. Bates returns and reunites with Anna. Violet confesses to Isobel that she and Prince Kuragin had once attempted to run away together.

Series 6 (2015)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [6]
441"Episode One"Minkie SpiroJulian Fellowes20 September 2015 (2015-09-20)10.32
April 1925. The local hospital is threatened with a take-over by the larger County Hospital in York; the hospital board is split, with Violet objecting, and Isobel approving. Rita Bevan, a former chambermaid at the hotel where Mary and Lord Gillingham stayed, attempts to blackmail Mary by exposing their tryst. Mary refuses to pay, but Rita confronts Robert, who buys her off with £50 instead of the £1,000 she had demanded. Sergeant Willis informs Bates and Anna that a woman has confessed to murdering Green, and the case is closed. Anna is upset at not being able to have a child. Edith plans to spend more time in London and be more hands-on with the magazine. The family attend an auction at a neighbouring estate which is being sold to pay off debts with Mr Mason losing the tenancy of his farm. The former owner tells Robert that great estates like theirs are obsolete, and advises him to sell, too, before it's too late. Mrs Hughes asks Mrs Patmore to ask Mr Carson if he expects a "full marriage," meaning she wants to know if he expects "sex and stuff".
452"Episode Two"Minkie SpiroJulian Fellowes27 September 2015 (2015-09-27)10.04
April 1925. Mary chides Robert for offering Carson the servants' hall for his and Mrs Hughes's wedding reception, and offers the upstairs instead; Mrs Hughes insists on a separate venue which better represents who they are, which leads to friction between the couple. Edith argues vehemently with Mr Skinner, the magazine's publisher, whom she believes dislikes all her ideas because she is a woman. Mary takes Anna to a Harley Street doctor, who proposes minor surgery during her next pregnancy to prevent another miscarriage. Mary takes Marigold with her and little George when she goes to inspect the animals at the farm. Mrs Drewe kidnaps the girl during the local livestock show competition; her husband persuades her to return Marigold, and agrees it's best for all if the Drewes move away from Downton.
463"Episode Three"Philip JohnJulian Fellowes4 October 2015 (2015-10-04)10.04
May 1925. Mrs Patmore tells Cora that Mrs Hughes is unhappy with having her wedding breakfast in Downton's hall. Violet tries to get Robert to support her view on the hospital merger; things get nasty at a Board meeting, and an annoyed Isobel is rude to Dr Clarkson. Edith dismisses her editor, Mr Skinner, and gets her magazine assembled with Bertie's help. Anna is pregnant. Daisy hopes that Mr Mason can take over Yew Tree Farm now that the Drewes have left. She mistakenly believes that Cora has already arranged it. Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes are married in the church. During the wedding breakfast at the village school, Tom Branson and his daughter, Sybbie, unexpectedly arrive from Boston; he says that he feels Downton is his home and wants to stay.
474"Episode Four"Philip JohnJulian Fellowes11 October 2015 (2015-10-11)10.39
May 1925. Lady Shackleton visits, with her nephew, Henry Talbot. Lady Rosamund also arrives, and Downton is visited by Mr and Mrs Harding. Anna recognizes and greets Mrs Harding as Gwen, the former Downton housemaid who left service to better herself in a new career. Sergeant Willis asks Baxter to testify against the man with whom she was involved when she stole from a previous employer. Cora persuades Robert and Mary to lease Yew Tree Farm to Mr. Mason, which Daisy learns from Robert as she is about to confront Cora. Lady Mary rushes a pregnant Anna to London where the doctor performs surgery, saving the baby. Bates is delighted to learn that Anna is pregnant. Robert continues to experience stomach pain but dismisses it as indigestion. Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes return from their Scarborough honeymoon and move into a cottage together. Edith announces plans to appoint a woman as editor to her magazine.
485"Episode Five"Michael EnglerJulian Fellowes18 October 2015 (2015-10-18)10.60
May 1925. Mrs Patmore, Daisy, and Andy help Mr Mason move into the farm. Andy confesses to Thomas that he is illiterate, and accepts Thomas's offer to teach him in secret. Edith hires Laura Edmunds as her editor, and also becomes romantically involved with Bertie Pelham. Molesley accompanies Baxter to the trial, but she is not called upon to testify as Coyle accepts a plea. Violet persuades Minister of Health Neville Chamberlain to attend a dinner at Downton, and during it harangues everyone about the hospital. Robert suddenly vomits blood over the dinner table, collapses, and is rushed to the local hospital. He has a burst ulcer and survives surgery, but Mary tells Tom that the two of them must take over running the estate, as her father must not be stressed further. Mary becomes suspicious about Marigold's birth, after hearing a puzzling exchange about the child between Cora and Violet.
496"Episode Six"Michael EnglerJulian Fellowes25 October 2015 (2015-10-25)10.31
Early June 1925. Carson continues to criticise Mrs Hughes's housekeeping practices at the cottage as not being up to standard, to her increasing annoyance. He even complains about how she makes the bed, and suggests she get some cooking pointers from Mrs Patmore. The board of Downton hospital learns that its merger with the Royal Yorkshire Hospital has been approved and Cora has been invited to be the new president, replacing Lady Violet. Mary takes Tom to London, where they meet Henry. Henry tells Mary he is falling in love with her. Mary and Tom open Downton Abbey to the public for a day to raise funds for the hospital. Carson questions Thomas about his meetings with Andy, causing Thomas more distress and reducing him to tears of self-pity.
507"Episode Seven"David EvansJulian Fellowes1 November 2015 (2015-11-01)10.49
July 1925. Isobel is puzzled to receive an invitation to the wedding for Lord Merton's son, Larry and Amelia Cruikshank. Mary receives a telephone call from Henry, who implores her to give him an answer regarding his romantic intentions; she says he is not the right man for her. Daisy and Molesley sit for their exams; the latter does so well that the headmaster offers him a teaching job at the school. Henry invites the family to a local automobile race. There is a deadly accident, and Henry's friend Charlie Rogers is killed, upsetting Mary and Henry both very deeply. Mrs Hughes pretends to have injured her hand, forcing Mr Carson to do the cooking and housekeeping at the cottage. Carson is exhausted and gains a new respect for his wife's efforts. Mrs Patmore's B&B opens with its first guests. Bertie proposes to Edith, who mentions Marigold and asks for time to consider. Violet has departed to the south of France and gives Robert a new dog.
518"Episode Eight"David EvansJulian Fellowes8 November 2015 (2015-11-08)11.15
August 1925. When his cousin dies, Bertie becomes the new Marquess of Hexham. Edith hesitates to tell him that Marigold is her illegitimate daughter. Mary spitefully reveals it at breakfast, and Bertie walks out. After having a heated row with Mary, Edith goes to London, where she and her editor discover that the magazine's agony aunt, believed to be a female, is in fact Mr Spratt, the Dowager Countess's butler. When it is revealed that the first couple to stay at Mrs Patmore's B&B were adulterers, she finds bookings are being cancelled. Cora and Robert go there for tea, taking a newspaper photographer to record their visit, to show support. Molesley begins teaching at the school. Thomas attempts suicide by slashing his wrists. Henry calls Mary again. Mary reveals her fear that Henry will die in a car crash like her late husband, Matthew. Henry is invited back, and Mary agrees to marry him. They marry quickly in the village church. Mary and Edith reconcile.
Special
52"The Finale"Michael EnglerJulian Fellowes25 December 2015 (2015-12-25)11.22
29 September 1925 – 1 January 1926: Carson's hands begin shaking while serving dinner. Thomas secures a job with an elderly couple. Molesley leaves full-time service when the Headmaster offers him a teaching position, plus a cottage. Lord Merton tells Isobel he suffers from pernicious anaemia, but still wants to marry her. His manipulative daughter-in-law, Amelia, prevents Isobel from seeing him until an indignant Violet intervenes, and he and Isobel plan to marry. Andy falls for Daisy, who is uninterested, but she gradually grows to like him. Eventually, she decides to live at the farm. Mary sets up a meeting between Edith and Bertie where he again proposes to Edith, who accepts. At Brancaster Castle to announce Edith and Bertie's engagement, Edith tells Bertie's mother, Mrs Pelham, the truth about Marigold, impressing her initially sceptical future mother in law with her honesty. Henry and Tom go into business together selling cars, and Mary tells Henry she is pregnant. Edith and Bertie are married on New Year's Eve 1925 and leave on their honeymoon. Dr Clarkson informs Lord Merton that he only has a non-fatal form of anaemia. During the wedding reception, Anna goes into labour and gives birth to a son. Carson realizes his condition will affect his duties, and tenders his resignation; Robert suggests that Thomas return as butler while Carson retires, retaining an oversight role. Violet graciously accepts Cora's prime position within the family, and in the end, they reconcile.

Films[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 10.245 million on ITV1,[7] 919,000 on ITV1 HD,[8] and 601,000 on ITV1+1.[9]
  2. ^ 9.824 million on ITV1,[10] 978,000 on ITV1 HD,[11] and 531,000 on ITV1+1.[12]
  3. ^ 9.880 million on ITV1,[13] 814,000 on ITV1 HD,[14] and 606,000 on ITV1+1.[15]
  4. ^ 10.155 million on ITV1,[16] 945,000 on ITV1 HD,[17] and 486,000 on ITV1+1.[18]
  5. ^ 9.867 million on ITV1,[19] 955,000 on ITV1 HD,[20] and 504,000 on ITV1+1.[21]
  6. ^ 10.811 million on ITV1,[22] 1.086 million on ITV1 HD,[23] and 383,000 on ITV1+1.[24]
  7. ^ 11.180 million on ITV1,[25] 968,000 on ITV1 HD,[26] and 297,000 on ITV1+1.[27]
  8. ^ 10.672 million on ITV1,[28] 922,000 on ITV1 HD,[29] and 513,000 on ITV1+1.[30]
  9. ^ 9.952 million on ITV1,[32] 1.104m on ITV1 HD,[33] 544,000 on ITV1+1.[34]
  10. ^ 10.606 million on ITV1,[36] 1.071m on ITV1 HD,[37] 404,000 on ITV1+1.[38]
  11. ^ 10.425 million on ITV1,[39] 1.097m on ITV1 HD,[40] 439,000 on ITV1+1.[41]
  12. ^ 10.219 million on ITV1,[42] 1.115m on ITV1 HD,[43] 495,000 on ITV1+1.[44]
  13. ^ 10.31 million on ITV1,[45] 1.156m on ITV1 HD,[46] 460,000 on ITV1+1.[47]
  14. ^ 10.478 million on ITV1,[48] 1.154m on ITV1 HD,[49] 424,000 on ITV1+1.[50]
  15. ^ 10.167 million on ITV1,[51] 1.210m on ITV1 HD,[52] 447,000 on ITV1+1.[53]
  16. ^ 10.574 million on ITV1,[54] 1.193m on ITV1 HD,[55] 385,000 on ITV1+1.[56]
  17. ^ 8.561 million on ITV1,[60] 1.127m on ITV1 HD,[61] 588,000 on ITV1+1.[62]
  18. ^ 10.124 million on ITV,[63] 1.344m on ITV HD,[64] 484,000 on ITV +1.[65]
  19. ^ 10.256 million on ITV,[66] 1.295m on ITV HD,[67] 548,000 on ITV +1.[68]
  20. ^ 9.891 million on ITV,[69] 1.396m on ITV HD,[70] 576,000 on ITV +1.[71]
  21. ^ 9.922 million on ITV,[72] 1.219m on ITV HD,[73] 608,000 on ITV +1.[74]
  22. ^ 9.659 million on ITV,[75] 1.204m on ITV HD,[76] 529,000 on ITV +1.[77]
  23. ^ 7.752 million on ITV,[78] 1.201m on ITV HD,[79] 454,000 on ITV +1.[80]

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