Downton Abbey, 403 - Alfred (Matt Milne), Mrs Patmore (Lesley Nicol) and Daisy Mason (Sophie Mcshera) ©2013 Carnival Films
Downton Abbey, 403 - Alfred (Matt Milne), Mrs Patmore (Lesley Nicol) and Daisy Mason (Sophie Mcshera) ©2013 Carnival Films

So why were there no Downton Abbey series 4 Episode 3 press previews? Is there something dramatic about to happen? The UK will get to see this episode on October 6, 2013. The US PBS screening of the series will be on January 19, 2014.

Episode 3 of 8. Transmission: Sun 6 Oct 2013 at 9.00pm – 10.00pm on ITV

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Downton Abbey Series 4 Episode 3 – Official Information

An extravagant house party at the Abbey gives the Crawleys a chance to reconnect with old friends and culminates in a performance by opera singer Dame Nellie Melba.

Among the guests are the eligible Sir John Bullock, who soon attracts the attention of Lady Rose; Gregson, who is keen to win Robert’s approval if he is to make a future with Edith; and Mr Sampson, a slightly mysterious acquaintance from Robert’s gentleman’s club.

Some guests prove more welcome than others and along with the celebrations come skulduggery and heartache.

Below stairs, with preparations in full swing tensions run high, and Mrs Patmore begins to feel the strain.

Jimmy’s attempts to impress Ivy in front of love-rival Alfred don’t go to plan, and hapless Molesley is made an offer of employment he finds hard to refuse.

Meanwhile, in the elevated circles above Branson finds himself a fish out of water, but the consolation he is offered may come at a high price.

Rose’s attempts to liven up events inadvertently raise painful memories for Mary, and Gregson uses surprising hidden talents to save Robert from a fix and win his respect.


Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – Maggie Smith
Robert Earl of Grantham – Hugh Bonneville
Lady Edith Crawley – Laura Carmichael
Mr Carson – Jim Carter
John Bates – Brendan Coyle
Lady Mary Crawley – Michelle Dockery
Molesley – Kevin Doyle
Anna – Joanne Froggatt
Lady Rose – Lily James
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
Isobel Crawley – Penelope Wilton
Jimmy – Ed Speleers
Ivy – Cara Theobold
Edna – Myanna Buring
Michael Gregson – Charles Edwards
Nanny West – Di Botcher
Bill Molesley – Bernard Gallagher

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online