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September 20, 2015

Downton Abbey - Season SIX - Episode ONE

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HERE for part ONE and HERE for part TWO

The moment every Downton Abbey fan has been dreading has sadly arrived. The period drama has debuted the first episode of its final season and while the premiere was lifted by the dry humour viewers have become fond of, it is hard to ignore the tinges of melancholy laced throughout.

With season six of the ITV series being the last fans will see of the complicated Crawley family, the question looms: What is the future looking like for the residents of Downton Abbey and their employees? Frankly, pretty uncertain. Set in 1925, the socio-economic horizon is rapidly changing with technological advances – the introductions of hair dryers and fridges – and the accessibility of education for the underprivileged.

Not everyone is adjusting to the changes. Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) has her eyes wide open and is taking charge of the dire finances of the family's estate – a stark difference to how her father, Earl Of Grantham Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville), is handling the austerity.
The reality of their situation dawns on Lord Grantham and the rest of the aristocratic family when their neighbour, unable to maintain their property and its staff, is forced to put their sprawling Mallerton estate up for auction. Of course, this puts the jeepers into the downstairs employees at Downton who begin hearing whispers of job cuts.
Perhaps fitting with the finality of the series, Lady Mary's nonchalant attitude is surprising when she is blackmailed by a woman who witnessed her weekend of fun with Lord Gillingham. Robert's eldest daughter just can not be bothered to entertain the opportunist but it also signals everything winding down at Downton. After all the chaos and heartache, Lady Mary simply refuses to bring more drama into her life.
ITV - Downton Abbey - Edith and RobertWhile the widow spurns any potential problems from the offset, lady's maid Anna can not help but think cynically even after she is rightfully cleared of murdering Mr Green. It should be a fresh start for Anna (Joanne Froggatt) and Bates (Brendan Coyle) but the couple are now struggling to conceive. Will they ever get their happy ending?
However, it is not all doom and gloom in Downton. The episode is relieved with light moments of humour courtesy of Mrs Hughes and Mr Carson (Jim Carter), who resemble awkward teenagers when trying to approach the subject of sex ahead of their wedding. Mrs Hughes is worried about consummating their marriage having waited all her life to find "Mr right" and enlists cook Mrs Patmore to have "the talk" with her fiance on her behalf. Watching elderly – and experienced – people fumble around the topic of intimacy is already a favourite moment of the season.

ITV - Downton Abbey - Andy and DaisyMeanwhile, Daisy is transforming into quite the empowered female, furthering her education and becoming increasingly outspoken by challenging authority. Not a soul in Downton can escape the changes in society but as series six progresses, it will be interesting to see who swims with the tide and who struggles against the waves of change.

Whatever dramas the family and employees are embroiled in, the big question always boils down to love and romance. It remains unanswered, but Lady Mary makes it very clear that finding a new husband is the last thing on her mind as she states dryly: "I'd rather be single." Something suggests this mindset will not last very long.
Downton Abbey returns with episode two on 27 September.


34 comments:

  1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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  2. Excellent synopsis of the episode. Thanks so very much for providing a way for us in the USA to partake sooner!

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  3. Thank you so much June, I could not wait for January....

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  4. I have watched season five so many, many times over the summer. What an absolute delight not to have to wait until January to see this!

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  5. Part one has reached it's maximum so will wait with baited breath to try again tomorrow

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  6. Julie RakowskiSeptember 20, 2015

    Oh thank you June, it was great, and went by so quickly. I think I will watch it over and over. So nice not to have to wait until January. :)

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  7. I have a question, when I click on the link it says I need permission to watch. It takes me to google drive. Is that something new this year?

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  8. hi there, my dear June, thank you so much. If i ever get the chance to meet you i'd better have one of those vintage dresses to give you as a gift. Thank you again.

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  9. Thank you from Canada- very good synopsis.

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  10. You are so kind in giving us your time and talents. It is very much appreciated. Thank you so much. I really enjoyed this episode.
    ~skye

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  11. I can't get either link for part one to work :(

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  12. Thanks but the number of downloads exceeded! Can we get another link?

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  13. Help! I can't get any of the links to work, reroute get and then telling me they have exceeded number of views? This has never happened before:/

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  14. Lovely! I've missed this show!

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  15. Help, none of the links are working. They kept rerouted get me and then in the end tell me they have exceeded the number of views! Ugh! This has never happened before, not sure if all the fans are watching at the same time:) help help

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  16. I couldn't watch it here either! Couldn't open the google w/out a password or tried from different computers )Mac, PC, iphone, etc) - went to ProjectFree and watched it there.... Please fix this!!! http://projectfreetv.ag/free/downton-abbey/downton-abbey-season-6/

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  17. Is it just me, or are the actors playing Anna and Mrs. Hughes looking extremely thin this season?

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  18. Yep - I'm having the same problem - either Error 404 or error message that they have exceeded the numbers of views - I guess we are all clamoring to watch it. Thanks for this site - love it

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  19. Thank you thank you! You truly are the best!

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  20. Thank you so much for sharing and making it possible for us to view months ahead of the US scheduling. I appreciate the time that you take with this and many other series I have enjoyed.

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  21. Thank you so much! I could not bear to wait until January!

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  22. I laughed and cried with the ebb and flow of each scene of this episode. I will be anticipating the outcome of this final season as it progresses, hopefully with sentimental feelings of awe at such a wonderful series. Thanks every so much for your link.

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  23. I was a little down tonight, and watching this was totally delightful. Thank you so much!!

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  24. You are so very generous, thanks from Oklahoma!

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  25. Thanks for being so generous! -Grateful Downton Fan in Oklahoma ��

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  26. Hi will we be able to watch episode 2? Thank you!!

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  27. does anyone know when episode 2 will be downloaded?

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  28. Anxiously awaiting episode 2.

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  29. Loving every minute! Thank you!

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  30. I just tried these links and got 'error 404, not found' for all of them. Is it too late to watch?

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  31. Will you be adding the Christmas special to the drive? I was really looking forward to watching it too. And thank you so much for doing this...those of us across the pond appreciate it immensely!

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  32. This takes me to Google Drive every time I click a link to watch it. Suggestions?

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  33. The 2 links to this episode aren't working. Does anyone monitor the comments?

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