Downton Abbey, 503 - Rade Sherbedgia, Lily James and Maggie Smith
Downton Abbey, 503 - Kuragin (Rade Sherbedgia), Lady Rose (Lily James) and Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith) ©2014 Carnival Films, photo by Nick Briggs

In Downton Abbey 503 Violet’s (Maggie Smith) quick thinking saves Mary’s secret assignation from being blown and we discover Violet may have buried secrets of her own!

Episode 3 of 8. Transmission: Sunday October 5th, 2014 at 9.00pm – 10.00pm on ITV
The US viewers will have to wait until January, 2015 when PBS will be screening Series 5.

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Mary’s secret assignation is very nearly blown, but Violet’s quick thinking saves the day.

Robert is left red faced and furious when things don’t go as planned. The events surrounding Green’s death are once again under scrutiny, while Mrs Patmore is devastated when old wounds are reopened but Carson is unsympathetic.

Branson receives an interesting proposition concerning the future of the Downton estate, while a figure from Violet’s distant past suggests she has buried secrets of her own.

Principal Cast:

Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – Maggie Smith
Robert Earl of Grantham – Hugh Bonneville
Lady Edith Crawley – Laura Carmichael
Mr Carson – Jim Carter
Baxter – Raquel Cassidy
John Bates – Brendan Coyle
Anthony Gillingham – Tom Cullen
Lady Mary Crawley – Michelle Dockery
Molesley – Kevin Doyle
Anna – Joanne Froggatt
Lady Rose – Lily James
Thomas – Robert James-Collier
Tom Branson – Allen Leech
Mrs Hughes – Phyllis Logan
Cora, Countess Of Grantham – Elizabeth Mcgovern
Daisy – Sophie Mcshera
Mrs Patmore – Lesley Nicol
Dr Clarkson – David Robb
Jimmy – Ed Speleers
Isobel Crawley – Penelope Wilton
Mrs Drewe – Emma Lowndes
Tim Drewe – Andrew Scarborough
Mrs Wigan – Helen Sheals
Headmaster – Patrick Brennan
Sarah Bunting – Daisy Lewis
Spratt – Jeremy Swift
Lady Shackleton – Harriet Walter
Lord Merton – Douglas Reith
Lady Anstruther – Anna Chancellor
Kitty Colthurst – Louise Calf
Simon Bricker – Richard E Grant

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online