September 20, 2015


1. Which character did we see, sitting on a train, in the very first scenes of the first episode of series one?
a) John Bates, Lord Grantham’s valet
b) Matthew Crawley, the heir to the title
c) William, the second footman

2. Which of these images does NOT appear in the opening credits?
a) A bell ringing in the pantry
b) A dinner table being set
c) A maid going upstairs
d) A mantelpiece being dusted

3. Which bond, in their earlier lives, links Mr Bates to Lord Grantham, both pictured right?
a) Bates was Grantham’s beagler at Eton
b) He was his batman in the Boer War
c) He was his scout at Oxford University

4. Lord Grantham’s dogs, above – may they rest in peace – were given Egyptian names. What were they – and which is which? 

5. The dead Turkish ambassador Kemal Pamuk is carried from Lady Mary’s bed. But who are the mystery people bearing the body? 

6. Lady Mary gave Matthew Crawley a memento to treasure before he went to war. Which of the following images is that gift? 
1 AND 2 
3 AND 4


7. Which of these quotes is NOT one of the exquisite lines said by Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess?

'No one wants to kiss a girl in black'
'That woman speaks 18 languages and can’t say ‘No’ in any of them'
'What is a weekend?'
'I have plenty of friends I don’t like'
'No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else’s house'
'Don’t be defeatist, dear, it’s very middle-class' 


8. What is Mrs Patmore’s first name?
a) Ivy 
b) Beryl
c) Violet 
d) Chardonnay

9 What is Carson the butler’s most embarrassing secret?
a) He wears bloomers under his uniform
b) He once ran a seaside boarding house
c) He was in a music-hall act called the Cheerful Charlies

10. What stood out about Jack Ross, the character played by Gary Carr in series four?
a) He was the first openly gay character in Downton Abbey
b) He was the first black character
c) He was the first Labour-voting character

11. Before Carson proposed, he asked Mrs Hughes if she would join him in a venture to buy a cottage together. Eventually, she was forced to confess that she had no money. Why?
a) She had spent all her savings on medical bills when she had a cancer scare
b) She had lent money to Ethel, the housemaid who fell pregnant
c) She had spent her money caring for a sick sister

12. Which crime did Mr Green commit?
a) He killed the Turkish ambassador
b) He raped Anna Bates
c) He framed John Bates for the theft of one of His Lordship’s snuff boxes
d) He murdered Colonel Mustard in the study with a lead pipe 


13. When the servants formally greet arriving guests outside the house, they are placed in order of social hierarchy. Name the staff member, below, and their job title – then place them, from top down, in their pecking order.

A and B 

C and D

E and F

G and H
I and J

14. Why does a footman iron His Lordship’s newspapers?
a) To dry the ink
b) To flatten them so they fold up easily
c) To make them warmer to the touch
d) Because Carson, left, says so

15. On which occasions do we see Downton’s footmen wearing white gloves?
a) Every time they go above stairs.
b) Only when serving at table
c) When answering the front door
d) When refereeing a billiards match


16. The below-stairs scenes are filmed at:
a) Ealing Studios
b) Highclere Castle
c) Pinewood Studios
d) 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey

17. There was a furor in the fourth series when Julian Fellowes was (falsely) accused of including an inappropriate phrase. What was it?
a) You’re having a laugh
b) Steep learning curve
c) You’re completely out of order
d) Thunderbirds are go!

18. According to executive producer Gareth Neame, which shocking new development will occur at the house in the final season?
a) It will be opened to the public
b) It will be converted into a boarding school
c) It will be sold to a rich industrialist

19. Which inappropriate object appeared in a promotional photograph of Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael in character as Lord Grantham and Lady Edith?
a) An iPhone
b) A bottle of mineral water
c) A packet of chewing gum d) A DVD of the BBC’s Poldark

20. Julian Fellowes was accused of stealing a plot for a scene in the first series from an old film – when the Dowager Countess decides at the last minute not to award the prize for best roses to her own gardener but to give it to Bill Molesley, Mr Molesley’s father. What was the film?
a) Rebecca (1940), starring Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier
b) Mrs Miniver (1942), starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon
c) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), starring Danny Kaye and Boris Karloff

21. Dan Stevens, below, quit the role of Matthew Crawley in 2012 to try for a career in Hollywood. He is currently working on a star role in a movie musical that suggests he may succeed. Is he…
a) Bert, in a new version of Mary Poppins
b) Mr Mistoffelees, in a new version of Cats
c) The Beast, in a new version of Beauty And The Beast

22. The mistress of Downton Abbey is American-born Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham. What was her maiden name?
a) Robinson
b) Stevenson
c) Levinson



23. Match each of the plot devices to their key elements:
i) What Lady Edith inherited from her lover Michael Gregson
ii) The evidence Lady Mary threw in the fire that could have proved Bates’s innocence of the murder of Mr Green
iii) The disastrous purchase that almost bankrupted Lord Grantham
iv) The intricacies of which Mrs Patmore explained to Lady Sybil, to help her contribute to the war effort
v) What Mr Bates was accused of stealing by Thomas and O’Brien, which they had, in fact, set up


a) Shares in The Grand Trunk Railway
b) A cup of tea
c) An antique snuff box
d) A train ticket from York to London
e) A London flat and a magazine, The Sketch

24. How did Lady Rose, left, originally meet her husband, Atticus Aldridge?
a) At her ‘coming out’ ball
b) Coming out of a cake shop in York
c) Through the small ads in the post office window
d) Through an impromptu game of croquet
Can you work out who seduced whom? You can only match one character from the first list with one character from the second.


25.  Can you work out who seduced whom?You can only match one character from the first list with one character from the second

ii) Lady Edithi) Thomas, the footman
iii) The Dowager Countess
iv) Lady Anstruther
v) Lady Mary, right


a) The Duke of Crowborough
b) Handsome Turkish diplomat Kemal Pamuk c) Jimmy Kent, an ambitious footman
d) Farmer Drake
e) Igor Kuragin


Question 1. Answer: a) Bates
Q2. d) But a chandelier is dusted
Q3. b) His batman in the Boer War
Q4. Isis (pictured left, covered in a blanket) and Pharaoh (right)
Q5. Maid Anna (left) and Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Q6. 2) The toy dog
Q7. That woman speaks 18 languages (it was Dorothy Parker)
Q8. b) Beryl
Q9. c) He was in a music hall act
Q10. b) The first black character
Q11. c) Caring for a sick sister
Q12. b) He raped Anna Bates
Q13. (In order, most important first) (F) Mr Carson, butler/ (G) Mrs Hughes, housekeeper/ (H) Mrs Patmore, cook/ (I) Mr Barrow, under butler/ (A) Mr Bates, valet to the Earl/ (E) Miss Baxter, lady’s maid to the Countess/ (B) Anna Bates, lady’s maid to Lady Mary/ (C) Mr Molesley, first footman/ (D) Daisy Mason, assistant cook/ (J) Ivy Stuart, kitchen maid
Q14. a) To dry the ink
Q15. b) Only when serving at table – to protect plates and glasses
Q16. a) Ealing Studios – Highclere no longer has below-stairs quarters
Q17. b) (First used in1885)
Q18. a) Opened to the public
Q19. b) A bottle of mineral water
Q20. b) Mrs Miniver. Julian says of the accusation it was not at all intentional but having watched the film since, he understands why people might think it.
Q21. c) The Beast
Q22. c) Levinson
Q23. i-e/ ii-d/ iii-a/ iv-b/ v-c
Q24. b) Coming out of a cake shop
Q25. i-a; ii-d; iii-e; iv-c; v-b

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  1. Jumping up and down for tonight!! So excited!! Thank you, June, for your gift of Downton to the obsessed American fan base!

  2. Thank you June!!!! What a wonderful treat and the quiz was great fun, too!

  3. Thank you! Had fun with the quiz. I had just rewatched the first few episodes waiting for the new season so I actually scored pretty well. ;)