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Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 1

Written by WITF | Jan 5, 2015 4:44 PM

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

Above: The cast of Downton Abbey

Celebrate the return of Downton Abbey and dish about the latest episode with WITF Talks-- WITF's returning 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.

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 episode.

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  • Jim Foster img 2015-01-06 05:16

    Glad you are doing this again. Is there a way to download these as an mp3 file, etc. so you can play it in an ipod, etc.?

    • Fred Vigeant img 2015-01-06 13:46

      Thanks for listening. You are able to download the episodes as mp3s by clicking on the download icon in the upper right corner of the audio player in this post (the button has an arrow pointing down).

      • Jim Foster img 2015-01-07 05:05

        Fred, that's correct. I got a response from one of your tech people that the download button was inadvertently not put on the page at first, then added later.



  • Jennifer Nesbitt img 2015-01-06 09:59

    It's wonderful to be back. I checked up on the timing of season 5 ... which runs from February to December 1924. Season 4 ran from February 1922 to Spring/summer 1923, so there is a seven-month gap between the seasons. In a young person's life, that is lots of time! Katie, Fred and I were talking after the podcast about the meaning of flux, which is -- of course -- change, but the word also refers to diarrhea or dysentery. Common on ships and in what the Brits would call "the hot places," the flux (dysentery) killed the poet Rupert Brooke, author of "the Soldier," while he was traveling on a troopship to Gallipoli for service in the Great War.

    That is why Mrs. Hughes finds Mr. Carson's characterization of life as "flux" "slightly disgusting."

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