Downton Abbey – Episode 4

18 Oct

“One can’t go to pieces at the death of every foreigner. We’d all be in a state of collapse whenever we opened a newspaper.”

Great news came in last week as the show has been commissioned for a second series. Hurrah! I just hope it is warranted, and not another Sex And The City 2 shambles.

Onto this week’s episode. Now, I don’t want to labour the point, but Dame Maggie Smith is sublime in Downton Abbey. Put that in your pipe and smoke it Rachel Cooke. Violet had me quite literally LOLing last night as I tucked into the latest installment of my new favourite show.

Good old Mr Bates, coming down (ooh-er) on Thomas like that. He’s a nasty piece of work and it was heartening to see someone stand up to him, even if it was a little shocking. I loved Mrs Patmore groping for an explanation for Thomas’ behaviour to naive Daisy. She doesn’t deserve nice William anyway, silly girl.

It was good to learn more about Mrs Hughes’ past, but you already knew what decision she would make. Our knowledge of the historical events to come add a bittersweetness to her fierce loyalty to the Abbey and the family.

Indeed, I am looking forward to see how the series progresses as the shift to modernity becomes ever more apparent, with the arrival of the socialist chauffeur and feminism in the shape of some rather natty (and so 2010) harem pants.

The Mrs Crawley/Dowager spats look set to ensue (a Harry Hill fight in the making, non?), the Mary/Crawley romance will surely blossom and hopefully Thomas will get his comeuppance for being so ruddy horrible. That, and so much more awaits us Downtonians. You know where to find me at 9pm on a Sunday.

One Response to “Downton Abbey – Episode 4”


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