Downton Abbey, 3.02 - Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery
Episode 3.02 – Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet (Maggie Smith) and Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) ©2012 Carnival

Here are the details and image gallery of the second episode of the third season of the highly popular Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey Series 3 Episode 2 of 8
First transmission in UK on Friday, September 23, 2012, on ITV
US January 13, 2013 on Masterpiece classic, PBS

Downton Abbey 3.02 – official details…

The future of Downton hangs precariously in the balance.

In the hope of financial rescue from their American grandmother, Mary and Violet conspire to make sure Downton puts on a bigger show than ever before with a grand party for friends and neighbours.

Mrs Hughes faces some worrying personal news, and O’Brien’s efforts to accelerate Alfred’s progress rankle with Thomas.

Cast: Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith), Robert, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), Lady Sybil Branson (Jessica Brown Findlay), Lady Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael), Mr Carson (Jim Carter), John Bates (Brendan Coyle), Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery), Molesley (Kevin Doyle), O’Brien (Siobhan Finneran), Anna (Joanne Froggatt), Thomas (Rob James-Collier), Tom Branson (Allen Leech), Mrs Hughes (Phyllis Logan), Cora, Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern), Daisy (Sophie McShera), Alfred (Matt Milne), Mrs Patmore (Lesley Nicol), Ethel (Amy Nuttall), Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton), Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine), Larry Grey (Charlie Anson), Sir Anthony Strallan (Robert Bathurst), Rev Travis (Michael Cochrane), George Murray (Jonathan Coy), Archbishop of York (Michael Culkin), Craig (Jason Furnival), Mr Charkham (Mark Penfold), Lord Merton (Douglas Reith) and Reed (Lucille Sharp)

Crew Director Brian Percival, Executive Producer Gareth Neame, Executive Producer Julian Fellowes, Producer Liz Trubridge and Writer Julian Fellowes.

Downton Abbey 3.02 – Gallery

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online