Downton re­turns with an old star

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Program Punts 2013 -

MARY Craw­ley and Matthew Craw­ley’s wed­ding. This is how you can tell th­ese Downton Abbey peo­ple are real aris­to­crats— Mary and Matthew are cousins. I feel as if we’ve al­ready been through this or­deal, but ap­par­ently not.

It’s just taken ages, and had a lot of ob­sta­cles, like on Neigh­bours when Daphne the strip­per was mar­ry­ing Des and got kid­napped on her way to the cer­e­mony by a bank rob­ber in a go­rilla suit.

The en­tire Downton house­hold — the en­tire vil­lage — is look­ing for­ward to it. And so is Mary (even though her fa­ther’s given her some ex­ceed­ingly dis­tress­ing news: there’s no foot­man). She and Matthew are also look­ing for­ward to hav­ing sex for the first time. That time Mary had sex with that other guy doesn’t count, be­cause he died. Also he wasn’t white.

I just hope Car­son can strug­gle on with­out a foot­man. You know your­self, it’s a night­mare.

Didn’t he have a heart at­tack or some­thing last year when there was a sim­i­lar foot­man emer­gency? I can see how.

The stress is tremen­dous. He breaks a glass on Sun­day night, and this is only the first episode of what is clearly go­ing to be a very try­ing sea­son. Try­ing for me, I mean.

I don’t sup­pose it’s very likely, but do you think Bates ac­tu­ally mur­dered his wife?

I would say this is look­ing like the strong­est sea­son so far

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