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Downton Abbey Season 4, Episode 5

Written by witf | Feb 3, 2014 4:48 PM

Photo by ©Nick Briggs/Carnival Film and Television Limited 2013 for MASTERPIECE

Above: Brendan Patricks as Evelyn Napier and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary, Julian Ovenden as Charles Blake

Celebrate the return of Downton Abbey and dish about the latest episode with witf Talkswitf's new podcast series. Find out what all the buzz is about each Monday with entertaining recap and commentary from witf’s Fred Vigeant and Katie Lengyel. Plus, take a deep dive into the intriguing world of Edwardian era history with Dr. Jennifer Nesbitt, Associate Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University - York campus. We’ll break down the latest plot twists, one liners and cliff hangers.

The international hit series, written by Julian Fellowes, features an all-star cast including Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, and Hugh Bonneville. Who will capture the heart of Lady Mary? Will Anna and Bates sink or swim in rough waters ahead? Production and costume design continues to stun. The Crawleys, the staff, and life at Highclere Castle. There’s LOTS to talk about!

Downton fans-- share your reactions, predictions and submit questions for next week's podcast. To participate, leave a comment or question below and we'll talk about during the next aftershow.

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  • EBKleinnfelder img 2014-02-04 19:32

    Oh, Katie you have hit on it, more than you know. Munich was the first place where Hitler and the German Worker's Party, through the Bavarian "Beer Hall Politics" began their influence. It was a time of turmoil and violence, as in the chaos of the post war years! Communists, and socialists were struggling against the Weimar Republic for revolution. The people of Germany felt "sold out" by the peace terms Versailles Treaty, which left them paying reparations that crippled the economy. Lenin and his core of Communists left Russia and really organized for revolution in London for a time, and Germany played a roll in transporting Lenin and his organizers by train through enemy lines, from Vienna when they made their move back into Russia to start the revolution in St. Petersburg. Lots of distrust of the German government. Yes and Michael may be a secret communist sympathizer or a spy! Quite a twist. The way he "sussed out" the card shark, made me think he may end up in Berlin,and both he and Edith would join the artsy underground culture(said he would write a book), then not be able to get out of the country when the Nazis came to power. No matter how it goes he is in danger. (stay in England Edith!) Sorry to be so long winded..But Tom and Lady Sybil, I feel will go to America. In England she will never rise above being the chauffeur's daughter, and all the hard lessons that leads to as she grows up. In America she, with title, would be automatically a belle of society. Tom would be free of snobbery to prosper. Poor Mary better better "get a grip", and get in touch with some of that brass we know she has. Yes,a knowledge of history is causing anxiety, tough time are coming.

  • Janna W img 2014-02-10 22:53

    I have to catch up on 5 and 6 then I'll comment.
    It is strange because on the list of shows for witf talks, it says there are 8 comments on episode 4 but each time I bring up the page, it says there are only 4 (and only shows 4). My comments are some of those missing. Do we know why there is this glitch? I would like to see what others have written.

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