Downton Abbey: Season 5

Downton Abbey: Season 5

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With still no news of her beloved Gregson, Edith suffers under the burden of her terrible secret. And will Anna and Bates ever be able to move on, or will past secrets once again threaten their chance of ever finding happiness?

2014Rating: MUKITV, PBS
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Episodes

EPISODE 5.1

Episode One

The story moves on to 1924, when the first ever... More Labour government heralds a sea change that is felt throughout the nation - nowhere more so than at Downton. A suggested plan for a war memorial unexpectedly pits Carson against Robert and Mrs Hughes. Young Jimmy the footman is the object of some unwanted female attention. Thomas gives Baxter an ultimatum. Branson's growing friendship with someone Robert considers quite unsuitable causes concern. After the tragedy she has been through, Lady Mary now seems ready to find love once more. Cracks appear in Edith and Tim Drewe's special arrangement as she struggles to keep her emotions in check - something which may have disastrous consequences for the entire household.

EPISODE 5.2

Episode Two

With the house recovering from the night’s dramatic events, Robert... More is faced with a very difficult decision. As Daisy continues to struggle with her studies, Mrs Patmore has an idea which might solve everything. Thomas has it in for Baxter. As Rose tries to convince Robert of the virtues of a wireless at Downton, Lord Merton continues his hot pursuit of Isobel. When Mary puts her reputation on the line, Anna is made a reluctant accomplice.

EPISODE 5.3

Episode Three

Mary's secret assignation is very nearly blown, but Violet's quick... More thinking saves the day. Robert is left red faced and furious when things do not go as planned. The events surrounding Green's death come under scrutiny once again. 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. A figure from Violet's distant past suggests she has buried secrets of her own.

EPISODE 5.4

Episode Four

Sarah Bunting continues to cause waves above stairs, but this... More time she may have gone too far. On returning to Downton, Thomas suffers an inexplicable illness and Baxter suspects there’s more to it than he’s letting on. Violet reveals to Isobel the surprising truth of her past with Prince Kuragin. Mary comes to a decision concerning Lord Gillingham, but things don’t go quite as planned. When Rose’s father returns to Downton, he breaks news that will shock the whole family.

EPISODE 5.5

Episode Five

Simon Bricker returns to Downton to discuss the painting with... More Cora. Branson makes a difficult decision about Sarah Bunting. Rose encounters a handsome stranger. Determined to stop Isobel making the wrong decision about Lord Merton, Violet enlists the help of Doctor Clarkson. Charles Blake surprises Mary with a cunning plan to help her get exactly what she wants. Mrs Patmore seeks Carson's advice on a financial matter. Inspector Vyner returns with some ominous words of warning for Anna.

EPISODE 5.6

Episode Six

Relations between Robert and Cora continue to be strained. Blake's... More scheming starts to come to fruition when Mary is unexpectedly pitted against her love rival. Edith receives some terrible news and decides to take drastic action. Following a mysterious tip off, Baxter becomes embroiled in the investigation of Green's death. Thomas' condition deteriorates, prompting him to finally reveal the truth to Baxter. Love is in the air for more than one member of the Crawley family.

EPISODE 5.7

Episode Seven

Rosamund shows up at Downton following Edith's surprise departure. Rose... More is pleased to introduce Atticus and his parents to everyone. Anna and Bates think about a fresh start, now that that their problems seem to be behind them. Molesley is worried after Daisy becoming disillusioned with her studies. Mary and Blake seize a chance to send Gillingham a strong message.

EPISODE 5.8

Episode Eight

Preparations are under way for Rose's wedding, but family tensions... More on both sides threaten to derail proceedings. Edith's arrangement with Marigold is happily working out, but how long can she and Cora conceal the truth from Robert? Denker reveals an unexpected side to her personality, which causes trouble for more than one of the servants. With the war memorial due to be unveiled, Mrs Patmore is still upset, but Robert has something up his sleeve. Branson comes to a heart-wrenching decision, and the storm clouds that have been gathering over Anna and Bates finally burst.

Downton Abbey: Season 5 | Reviews

82%34 reviews

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The Guardian

The Guardian

(The dog is) the only character I care about.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

When season five’s narrative begins to crescendo it does so more assuredly than in last season...

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Variety

Variety

At this point, a new season of Downton Abbey is much like a visit from old friends.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

There has always been something delightfully passive about watching Downton Abbey, and there still is.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Flickers of the show’s once exuberant energy are too few... to sustain the viewer through extended stretches of flagging interest.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

(Despite being) about social change in early 20th century England, the show itself never seems to change or evolve.

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Independent

Independent

The dialogue can be of the sledgehammer variety.

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Paste

Paste

I must confess I was filled with ennui while watching the first two episodes of the fifth season.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A solid, dependable and successful formula...

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NPR

NPR

At a macro level, it can be so very middling, while at a micro level, the performances are so spot-on...

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Downton Abbey: Season 5 | Release Details

Downton Abbey: Season 5 is available to stream in New Zealand now on Prime Video and Neon and TVNZ On Demand.