Dowager quick with rapier wit
A WHIFF of scandal upstairs, more rumbles of discontent downstairs and a storyline that will bring you to the verge of tears as Bates ( Brendan Coyle) stoically and painfully tries to cure his limp – Downton Abbey picks up the pace and the intrigue.
All eyes – especially Lady Mary’s ( Elizabeth McGovern) – are on dashing Turkish diplomat Kemal Pamuk ( Theo James, pictured) when he arrives as a guest at Downton.
Their romance is cut surprisingly short, but the flow-on effect from it will resonate uneasily through the rest of the series – think how the words ‘‘ ruined’’ and ‘‘ notorious’’ might affect a reputation in the Downton days.
The scandalous scenario does give Dowager Countess Violet ( Maggie Smith) one of the most deliciously comic lines of the night about what is proper and what isn’t.
Smith delivers it with just the right mix of indignation, aplomb and contempt.
Downton Abbey, Southern Cross, Sunday, 8.30pm