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Horror Month 5/31 – The Wicker Man – ♥♥♥♥

Burning Man or Burned Bridges?


Its a bit strange going into watching a film for the first time, 46 years after it was made, fully knowing what the ending was, but finally tonight, thanks to Horror Month, I got around to watching The Wicker Man.

Having been told to stay clear of the Nicolas Cage remake with a passion, I went straight to the original Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland movie.

What a film.

Woodward is a man of God and also a police officer. He turns up on an island investigating a missing girl, but soon realises that the Island is not all it’s cracked up to be. He can’t get off the island as he flew there with Thomas Cook (just kidding), and gets trapped when his plane won’t get going.

On the island, it’s clear the locals are a little odd. They idolise sexual imagery and have kids dancing around naked to folk music, they are singing odd little ditties in the bars at all hours and just generally acting strange. Woodward discovers they are pagan with a whole host of strange beliefs and customs.

Its when he meets Christopher Lee’s head guy that things start to take a turn for the worse, all building up to the climactic ending, which many people will already know about.

The shock of the ending is somewhat removed when you know its coming, but it doesn’t make it any less nasty. The whole film has zero gore or blood, but the knowledge of what is happening is bad enough.

A great film that I am annoyed I have taken this long to actually see.

Cheers Horror Month!

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Horror Month 4/31 – The Rage – ♥&1/2

Infected, or cured?


“A Mega dose of pure terror” claims the poster. Well it was a mega dose of something that is for sure…mixed with a ridiculous amount of noise.

After having a fairly noisy and hectic day in real life, deciding to sit down and watch Rage wasn’t the brightest of ideas.

Around 60% of this film is people screaming, infected being groaning or birds squawking (we will get to that).

A mad scientist is infecting people with a rage virus, which obviously goes wrong and the infected escape before terrorising people, which would be all well and good if that was the story, but it isn’t…as one of the infected gets killed, and vultures eat him….then the vultures are infected and start to attack people, which again would have been alright if that had been the story, but then we go back to it being an infected person story again.

Its a little all over the place, but one thing I really like is the practical special effects in the film that are done really well. Andrew Divoff (last time I saw him was in The Wishmaster) is great in one of the main roles as the psychotic doctor conducting the experiments.

If the film had been dialled down a little bit and more invested in the story, it might have been worth more than I gave it, but unfortunately it doesn’t get any better than this.

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Joker – ♥♥♥♥♥

Psychotic Brilliance, or Asylum worthy?


When you watch a film which is as brilliant as Joker is, its hard to put into words and truly convey your feelings.

Let me start by saying that the Joker has always been a fantastic character. Arguably the best DC Comics character of them all. I’ve never read the comics, but purely based on the films alone, from Cesar Romero, through Jack Nicholson, Heath Slater and Jared Leto we arrive at Joaquin Phoenix in what will be a career defining role for him, that much is guaranteed. The Joker’s level of crazy has gone through somewhat of a change over the years. Romero’s cartoonish madman in the original Batman TV series and 1966 film was outlandish in a very child friendly way. Nicholson’s clown was always my Joker. The one I grew up with and loved. Very much a product of Tim Burton, he was madcap but dark in equal measures. Things really stepped up however in the Dark Knight when the late Heath Ledger but in the performance of his entire career before his unfortunate death. Jared Leto easily the weakest of them all with only a short amount of screentime in the unsatisfactory Suicide Squad (but lets face it, most of the focus on that film was about Harley Quinn).

So where does Joaquin’s Joker stack up? Well for me, he goes right in at the top level. The best of the five in a film which can only be described as a psychological evaluation of a lunatic building towards all out anarchic tendancies. It’s no coincidence that the whole film is almost bookended with Joker being evaluated by a professional at differing times of his journey.

Because we’re following his devolution into insanity, the film is rather slow paced in the opening 90 minutes, before hitting a crescendo of crazy in the last 30 minutes that pays off everything absolutely beautifully. For this film to work on the level it does, it needs that slow build and the expectation of the snap happening at any point…and when it does come, it comes in style.

Go see this in the cinema, get the full effect of it. Marvel at Phoenix’s performance and get ready to enjoy the film of 2019 for me.

Is that Oscar calling?

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Judy – ♥♥♥1/2

Over the rainbow, or the bottom of a pill bottle?


I will start this review of the new Renee Zellweger film biopic by saying that I literally knew very little of the life of Judy Garland before going into this film, so my entire knowledge now consists of the events of this film alone, which I am sure some will agree is not the best way to talk about any subject, so I will stay away from any “facts” I have now picked up.

Judy picks up on the life of Judy Garland in the latter stages. She is struggling to find a place in life, with work drying up and the only way to make enough to continue to be able to see her kids is to head off to England and perform at Talk Of The Town, knowing there’s an English audience for her singing.

When she does come over however, things don’t quite go as planned, with her struggles with her demons (some of which are shown through flashbacks to her being on the set of Wizard Of Oz back in thee day) and alcohol problems. Things soon turn against her and her strife continues.

I thought that Zellweger absolutely nailed the performance. Whether she was like the real Judy Garland is a matter I will leave to others to discuss, but her portrayal in this is absolutely spot on. The pain and anguish in her eyes is always there, except in one scene with two fans she meets after a show.

The film isn’t played for laughs, but there are a few in it sporadically. But with a wonderful performance by the lead, with her actually singing the songs, and an end act which moved me to floods of tears, Judy is well worth a watch.

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Horror Month 3/31 – Jurassic Shark ◊

When is a shark not a shark? When it’s a terrible CGI Monstrosity that’s when!


£3 this cost me at my local ASDA. Luckily I get 10% discount because that 30p I saved is about the amount of budget that went into making what can only be described as one of the worst films I have ever witnessed in my life.

I rated this film a ◊ instead of a ♥ because it’s not even worth a single point of love.

Laughable is truly the only way to describe this.

There’s the loosest of plots that revolves around an oil company whose drilling has released a Megolodon (massive prehistoric shark) into the waters around an island, on which are trapped three girls (who incidentally manage to take their clothes on and off from a state of half-dressed to bikini-clad on way too many occassions), and three of the worst thieves you have seen since Home Alone. Their story is that they have a painting worth a lot of money that drops into the water where the shark is roaming and after capturing the girls, sends the girls into the water to retrieve it.

If you thought the plot was low on actual content, the number of actually well delivered lines of dialogue is even lower.

You have a guy who was literally cast because he looks like a meatier version of Vin Diesel (he throws sticks of dynamite like a fucking legend though), a latino stereotype  who keeps fist-bumping people’s shoulders (yeah I have no idea why either) and a woman who looks like she got lost on the way to a budget fetish party.

Then there’s the CGI which looks like it was knocked up on a Commodore 64…and the type of continuity that makes you laugh. One of the girls literally gets shot, going on about losing loads of blood when there’s not a hint of claret in sight, which conveniently gets forgotten about ten minutes later.

If you really have nothing to do and this is your last resort, you need to reevaluate your life.


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Horror Month 2/31 – The Descent ♥♥♥♥

Anyone for caving? Yeah, me neither!


As if the fear of squeezing through tight tunnels wasn’t enough, here is a film that takes that fear, throws you into it immersively, then ramps up the fear factor as far as it can push.

A distinctly British film, Neil Marshall’s The Descent starts off innocently enough (after a Final Destination-eqsue opening scene) with a traumatised girl being taken away with her friends on a caving holiday in the Appalachian mountains. What could possibly go wrong? Well everything as it seems.

Once underground, with one of the girls taking them into a different cave system to the tourist attraction one they thought they were going to in order to spice it up, the girls have to work together to get out to safety…. But falling rocks and unknown systems is the worst of their worries when they encounter strange man-bat-like creatures that live in the caves, unable to see, but able to hear the girls every move… Which they figure out pretty quick, and then proceed to make all manner of loud noises in the most annoying of places…Lets just be quiet when we need to be eh girls?

There’s nods to films like Apocalypse now, and to an extent Nosferatu in there too.

A good horror has to be a good mix of the great death scenes as well as good suspense and this genuinely had it all. Apparently there’s a second one too….does that make the list?

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Horror Month – The Omen ♥♥♥♥♥

Throughout October I will be attempting to watch 31 horror movies, one per day for the month. I will be trying to watch as many ones I haven’t seen as possible.

First up….

1/31 The Omen

Yes the simple story of the devil child. Done so many time after this, but having watched this for the first time, the original was definitely the best.

Officially the first ever Gregory Peck film I have seen too, this was a creepily horrific delight. There were moments of genuine suspense, and almost all the death scenes were of the highest class of cinema mortality.

I actually gasped in awe at a few of them, not because of what happened, but how it was done. To say this film was released in 1976, the quality and effect of practical special effects is still so good that this horror fan was truly taken aback by some of them.

I have heard people say “it’s not as good as The Omen” before…. And now I know why.

Great acting, spot on suspense and a genuine sense of dread every time Damien is present.

A great start to the month of horrors!

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Downton Abbey Binge Watch Season 6

Season 6

Episode 1

This is it…. The last season!


A hut is happening. Lord Grantham is ignoring his hospital visits.

A woman is hanging around noone knows.

Mrs Hughes and Carson don’t have a wedding date yet.

Mrs Patmore guesses something is wrong with her. She is worried about sex. She asks Mrs Patmore to speak to Carson.

Anna is crying on the stairs. She thought she was pregnant but wasn’t. She thinks she is unable to have kids.

Mary falls off her house whilst looking at the odd woman.

The Yorkshire County hospital wants to. Take over Downton’s hospital

The woman approaches Mary. She was a chambermaid in the hospital when Mary stayed there with Gillingham. She wants £1000

Thomas has been entertaining the kids.

Grantham mentions to Carson that he needs to think about reducing the staff numbers.

Mrs Patmore goes to speak to Carson but struggles to ask properly.

The woman blackmailing Mary poses as a maid from another house. She gets into Mary’s bedroom. She threatens with the newspaper story again. Anna comes and escorts her out. Her name is Bevan.

The police come. Another woman has confessed to Mr Green’s murder but Anna isn’t sure.

The farm and house that Daisy often goes to work on is going to be sold.

Mrs Patmore eventually tells Carson and he wants the “full marriage”

The woman turns up again but Mary isn’t home. Lord Grantham speaks to her and ends up paying her off. It’s then revealed he only gave her £50 as he threatened to go to the police about her. Grantham is actually proud of his daughter for standing up to her.

Lady Violet winds up her maid by suggesting that if there’s the staff cuts she is gossiping about, she will get fired.

There’s an auction at the Mallerton House. The Henderson who have bought the house are there. Daisy goes to speak to them about the farmers they are getting rid of. Lord Grantham tells her to stop but she carries on. Mr Henderson says that she has not helped her cause.

The police turn back up. The confession is real and Bates and Anna are free! Bates is thankful to Moseley and Baxter.

All the family are really happy about the acquittal and break open the booze, toasting them all downstairs.

Carson mentions sacking Daisy but Cora talks him into just giving her a telling off.

Episode 2

Rose is living in New York.

A Mr Finch turns up to speak to the agent. Mary takes charge.

Moseley speaks to the school headmaster. He gets some old exam papers for Daisy.

Thomas is worried about being fired. He keeps trying to help out with Andy but he can already do everything. He goes for an interview but realises the world is changing.

Mary offers Carson the house for their wedding reception. She then offers to take Anna to hospital in London to see about the surgery she had.

Mrs Hughes doesn’t want the wedding at the house. Carson tells Mary but she insists it will be.

At a livery fair, Marigold goes missing. Lady Drewe has taken her back to her house. Grantham agrees that they have to sever ties with the Drewes

Episode 3

Anna is pregnant. Once she gets to 12 weeks she will go for the procedure.

Lord Grantham is getting his chest pains again.

Edith runs into Bertie Pelham in London and agrees to go for a drink with her.

Thomas goes to look at another house but everything is very dilapidated now.

Edith sacks her editor and therefore cannot meet properly with Pelham. He agrees to go with her back to the office to help out.

The police come to see Spratt. His sisters son has been in prison. He has recently escaped and is on the run.

Mrs Patmore ordered a dress for Mrs Hughes but it wasn’t great. Anna mentions it to Mary who looks to try to sort a dress out for Mrs Hughes.

Cora returns home to catch Mrs Hughes, Anna and Mrs Patmore trying on her clothes. She isn’t happy, fueled by the problems she is having with arguments with Lady Violet abiut the hospital. Mary goes to speak to her mother about it.

Cora brings Mrs Hughes the outfit.

Carson and Mrs Hughes get married. Yay!

Brandon turns up with little Sybil for the wedding and says he would like to stay back for good.

Episode 4

The arguments rage on about the hospital. Lady Violet doesn’t want the Hospital to be handed over but others do.

Gwen comes back to Downton with her husband. She is now Mrs Harding. She refuses to tell Mary who she is when she asks if she recognised her. Thomas notices.

Branson obviously notices and Mary sees him talking to her. Thomas drops the bombshell at dinner to everyone.

Gwen talks fondly about Sybil and their secrets from the early series. She speaks fondly of her.

Gwen goes down to say hello to everyone in the kitchen.

Anna starts to get some sharp stomach pains. She starts to panic about the baby. They need to get to the doctors. Anna won’t tell Bates but they pretend something is wrong with Mary.

Daisy is adament at having a go about the farmer being moved along.

Upstairs Cora is wanting to give the farm to Mr Mason.

Daisy storms upstairs but Lord Grantham stops them and tells them her the news that Mr Mason will be getting the farm.

Lord Grantham continues to struggle with his stomach and chest.

Anna hasn’t lost the baby. The doctor is optimistic that the procedure he has done will help her.

Bates figures out what Anna. Has been hiding and is really happy. The Carsons return home (we will carry on calling her Mrs Hughes).

They agree to be Carson and Mrs Hughes to. Make life easier.

Carson slips off to check his room. He has moved out of the house he has lived in for years.

Episode 5

Lady Violet tells Lord Grantham she wants Neville Chamberlain, the minister for health to come to Downton as he tours the North.

Mrs Baxter is called to be a character witness in a trial for someone from her past. When she got there she didn’t need to stand as the defendant changed his plea to guilty.

Andy wants to learn about the pigs with the farmer.

Lady Violet sacks Her maid after its reported back to her that she called the doctor a traitor.

Branson notices that Mary and Henry Talbot are making excuses to see each other and just basically tells them to get together.

Edith and Pelham kiss.

Lord Grantham is not looking forward to the coming meal with Chamberlain. He isn’t feeling too great.

Thomas finds out Andy can’t read despite hiding it. Thomas offers to help him learn.

The Chamberlain meal arrives. Lady Violet moves around the seating plan.

Neville Chamberlain arrives. Lady Violet argues with him at the dinner table.

Lord Grantham looks ill.

HOLY FUCKING SHIT Lord Grantham suddenly jumps up and spits blood everywhere. His ulcer has burst and needs urgent medical attention.

Everyone waits around at the house for news of Lord Grantham. He has had an operation but will be alright.

Mary overhears something being talked about by Lady Violet and Cora. She pieces things together and realises about Edith and the child.

Episode 6

Lord Grantham is laid up in bed. They are planning on opening the house to the public.

Henry Talbot begins to woo Mary. They kiss after she tells him the reason she doesn’t want to watch the car racing is because of the fact Matthew died in a car.

The open day happens and its clear the family don’t actually know that much about half of the things in the house.

Baxter gets a letter from the guy who got sent down asking to see her.

A young lad gets into Lord Grantham’s room.

Lady Violet is mad with Cora for everything regarding the hospital.

Mr Bates is always moaning about Mrs Hughes cooking and housekeeping.

Episode 7

Henry Talbot has invited the family to London to watch him racing.

Mrs Patmore has opened up a B&B.

Baxter can’t decide what to do about meeting Coyle. Moseley keeps telling her not to but she can’t decide.

They all go to the racing. Edith new female editor joins them.

Talbot is making it clear he wants Mary.

Andy struggles to read. The headteacher invites him to come to help.

As Talbot races, him and Rogers are neck and neck as there’s a big crash. Charlie Rogers’ car is on fire. Talbot tries to get him out but can’t and Rogers dies in the fire.

Moseley passed a test to be a teacher at the school. Thomas is upset. He has been trying to get out for so long but hasnt been able to make it.

Mrs Hughes hurts her arm. She tells Carson he can cook and she will talk him through it. She loves ordering him around.

Henry phones Mary and says he needs to know if she will be with him. She says no that they ain’t right. Branson catches her. She says she was glad that it when she found out the other guy died and not Talbot. Branson tries to talk her around.

Bertie Pelham ask Edith to marry him. She asks if she can bring Marigold with her. He says she can.

Someone is watching Mrs Patmore’s comings and goings from the B&B.

Lady Crawley brings a letter from Lady Violet who has gone travelling. Spratt is bringing a present over. Its down in the Servant hall. It’s a new dog!

Wait…. When did Isis die? Oh shit… When Lord Grantham and Cora let Isis into bed with them at the end of Season 5 episode 7, that was the dogs death… Now I feel sad!

Episode 8

The police come to talk to Mrs Patmore about the guests she had in the B&B. They were having a dodgy affair and now the hotel. Has got a bad name already.

Daisy has passed all her exams.

Pelham’s cousin has died. Edith has invited him over. Pelham has now inherited a title which means Edith will outrank everyone.

Edith is worried though that he won’t now want her.

Mrs Patmore is called Beryl! That’s the first time I have heard her name mentioned! There’s a reporter watching the B&B and they are having cancellations coming through.

Mr Moseley goes to the school to teach for the first time.

Talbot turns up… Branson knew he was coming. Mary is acting funny around him.

At the table, Mary pushed Edith into telling Pelham that Marigold is her daughter. Pelham isn’t happy that Edith didn’t trust him enough and he leaves.

Edith has a go at Mary, calling her a bitch 😱😱😱

Thomas is found in a bath having tried to commit suicide by cutting his wrists.

Moseley finds common ground with the kids and everything starts working out well. Daisy overhears him.

Lady Violet returns home and tells Mary to make peace with Edith and herself. She had been summoned by Branson.

Carson and Lord Grantham feel guilty for what happened to Thomas and want to ask him to stay.

Mary writes for Henry to come back. They get back together.

Mary and Henry are set to be married.

Episode 9 – the Finale

Well here we are. Almost 50 hours of Downton comes down to the final episode.

Edith offers Spratt a larger column in the magazine.

Andy asks Mrs Patmore about if Daisy is interested in men.

Mr Moseley is offered a bigger job at the school.

Carson is seen shaking as he handles a cup of tea.

Thomas is leaving at the weekend. The family are going to meet Pelham’s family so they all say goodbye to Thomas.

Carson is struggling. He has Palsy, causing his hands to shake. It’s a condition in his family.

Pelham’s mother causes a few awkward moments with Pelham.

Thomas goes to work at a new house with only another couple of members of staff.

Edith and Pelham’s engagement is announced.

Times shifts to Christmas.

Rose turns up with Aldridge. She has left the baby back in America.

Moseley is back at the house whilst it’s the school holidays.

Anna is ten days away from giving birth.

Carson has told Lord Grantham and Mary he will be stepping down after the wedding..

Talbot and Branson buy a car showroom together.

Rose takes Lord Grantham into town to show him Cora at work talking to the people about the hospital.

Daisy sneaks off to Cora’s room to borrow the new hairdryer. She wants a new hairstyle for the wedding. She starts cutting her owm hair. She makes a complete mess of it.

Anna sorts it out for her. And Andy likes her! He takes a lock of her hair! Awwww

Edith’s wedding arrives in the house… Anna is feeling a little warm…… I bet I know where this is heading….

Carson continues to struggle with pouring. Thomas turns up and offers his services. Lord Grantham asks Thomas to be the Butler and tells Carson that he will continue to be paid to stay home in retirement.

I love how everyone forgives Thomas for all the shit he has caused over the years haha.

Anna goes to see Mary and her waters break. The baby is coming and there’s no time to go anywhere. She will have the baby in Mary’s bedroom.

The farmer chats up Mrs Patmore. Daisy arranges to go work at the farm too.

Edith throws the bouquet and it’s caught by the woman who has been chatting Branson up all day.

Anna has had the baby. They have a little boy. Bates is happy.

It’s New Years Eve and everyone is set to see the new year in.

Lady Violet hands over the hospital to Cora.

Everyone is happy everywhere. They all.sing Auld Lang Syne


And that’s it…. The entire collection of Downton in just over a week! Wow

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Downton Abbey Binge – Season 5

Season 5

Episode 1

Edith is visiting the family who are looking after her child, the mother of the family not knowing its Edith’s child.

Gillingham has clearly won Mary’s affections.

Carson has been asked to attend a ceremony meeting regarding a war memorial. They want him to be chairman of the memorial to be put on the land. Lord Grantham seems a little put out by it.

Thomas is determined to get the secrets out of Baxter about Bates and Anna.

Tim Drewe reveals to Edith that he knows about the child being hers. He suggests they might be able to find a way for her to see the child without doing it secretly.

Daisy is wanting to learn maths.

Gillingham is coming with no Valet (Green died remember) and Bates is given the job… Uh oh.

The Grantham’s Wedding Anniversary is looming and they want a younger person’s party. Rose asks Sarah to come, without Branson knowing.

Lady Violet brings Lady Shackleton to town to steal a Lords affections away from Lady Crawley.

Sarah sparks debate with Grantham at the party regarding the war memorial.

Edith accidentally starts a fire. Whilst evacuating, Lord Grantham catches Jimmy in bed with Lady Anstruther who had been passing him notes earlier. Grantham tells Carson to fire him.

Episode 2

Jimmy leaves, presumably over his dalliance with the Lady.

Tim Drewe and Edith hatch a plan to get Edith seeing the child more.

Mrs Patmore asks Rose to see if Sarah Bunting wants some extra work. Daisy needs the maths help.

Anna goes for some female contraception.

Lord Grantham allows Edith to bring the child to the house.

Gillingham concedes he has lost to Mary.

Richard E Grant turns up as Simon Bicker, a friend of Gillingham who has been travelling.

Baxter’s past as a jewel thief comes under scrutiny by both Moseley and Cora. She won’t say why she did it.

Lord Grantham is angry that Branson is still seeing Sarah and also that Richard E Grant is playing with the dog.

There’s a lot of discussion about where the war memorial will be going.

The house gets its first wireless. Grantham only agrees when he finds out that the King will be doing speeches on it.

Mary goes to Liverpool and checks into. A hotel. She meets Gillingham there for a naughty night.

A witness has turned up in the case for Green’s murder.

Episode 3

Gillingham and Mary have spent a week together in Liverpool.

Thomas uses the phone and is clearly up to something again.

Rubbish Butler Spratt spots Mary and Gillingham together.

The police say that the witness said “why have you come” was said by Green before he died.

A business proposition comes in for bidding 50 houses on some of their land.

Spratt tells Lady Violet that he saw Mary and Gillingham. She makes up a story about why they were together.

Mrs Patmore wants Carson to add the name of her friends Son who was shot as a coward in the war to the memorial.

The police officer wants to question Bates after it is told to him that Green had a fall out with Bates.

Cora is hanging around with Richard E Grant….. Hmmmmmm.

Lord Grantham has come to London to surprise Cora and he is jealous.

Tim Drewe tells Edith she needs to stay away due to her causing problems with his wife.

Sarah Bunting is about to cause problems at a party but the situation is rectified by the showing of some precious artifacts from Russia before a Russian prince turns up and knows Lady Violet from her past… This allows Mary to kinda get away with what she has been up to.

Episode 4

Lord Merton comes to try to woo Lady Crawley but she is having none of it.

Lord Grantham is not keen on selling his land for housing still.

Thomas is in a bad place. Baxter catches him and it looks like he is up to something dodgy. She later finds an advert for “choose your own path” which is linked to the phonecall he made before.

Edith is keen to know what has happened to Michael over in Germany.

Mary heads off to London to let one of her suitors down. Whilst down there she tells Isobel about Edith and the child.

Mary sends Anna off to take a letter to Gillingham whilst she bumps into Blake. Anna goes to visit the scene of Green’s death, trying to visualise it. She is seen and followed by someone.

Moseley is being run off his feet as he quickly realises that being first footman is a busy job.

The farmer tells Edith that his wife thinks she is unsettling the child.

Mrs Patmore talks to Grantham about the situation with her family friend.

Mary tells Blake she has chosen him. She is going to tell Gillingham tomorrow. I expect something is going to change her mind….

Rose’s parents, Shrimpie and Sarah, are set to divorce.

Bricker chats Cora up some more.

Gillingham is ditched by Mary. He isn’t happy as he says he loves her and doesn’t accept that it’s over and will fight for her.

Grantham is arguing with Sarah Bunting around the dinner table saying she is causing problems with Mrs Patmore and Daisy. They eventually call for them both from the kitchen. Daisy talks about how much Sarah has taught her. Sarah continues to wind Grantham up and he eventually snaps and tells her he would like her to leave the house.

Episode 5

Mrs Patmore inherits a few hundred quid from an aunt.

An inspector comes from Scotland Yard to talk to people about Green’s death.

Branson calls it off with Bunting as he doesn’t like the position she puts him in with the family. Daisy is unhappy that Bunting has decided to leave.

Mary gives her account of things at the fair when she was told about Green. They are asking whether Bates was down there.

Rose bumps into a guy called Aldridge whilst buying cakes for the Russian refugees.

Carson suggests Mrs Patmore invests in a building company. She ends up wanting to invest in a cottage.

Thomas is interested in why Anna and Bates keep getting questioned by the police.

Daisy tells Branson about Bunting leaving. He goes to see her off.

Bricker is back in Downton. Grantham is away for the night…..

Bricker is sneaking around the house late at night and gets into Cora’s room….. But Grantham is back early. He heads upstairs and catches Bricker in her room. Bricker winds Grantham up telling him he has been ignoring his wife. Grantham decks Bricker and the two of them fight. Grantham says he will sleep in a separate room.

An event is being held in the house.

Episode 6

Sue Johnston (Mrs Royle from the Royal Family) turns up as Lady Violets new Maid.

The police want to come back but this time want to talk to Baxter. I expect Thomas has said something.

Michael Gregson has been killed in Germany. Edith inherits his publishing company.

Isis is getting poorly….. Oh no…..

Bates tells Anna he wanted to go to London to kill Green but he didn’t.

Thomas has been taking injections to try make himself less gay. He has a few complications.

Tim and Edith tell his wife that Marigold is Edith’s child. She isn’t happy. Edith takes the child.

Aldridge’s parents are invited by the Granthams after a horse race. Aldridge is Jewish and it could cause some problems.

Carson suggests to Mrs Hughes about investing in a house together.

Edith goes missing. Lady Violet goes to the farm to see if she can find out about Edith but they don’t know where she may have gone. She turns up in a hotel somewhere.

Isis isn’t dead yet….

Episode 7

Rosamund and Violet talk about Edith. Violet suggests telling Cora everything.

Mabel Fox and Gillingham are suited, according to Blake. Gillingham tells Blake he can’t break it off with Mary.

Bates has been left Tenant-less…. Could come in handy with Patmore, Carson and Hughes wanting to buy somewhere.

Cora is told everything about Edith and the baby.

Mrs Hughes mentioned the ticket she gave to Mary. Baxter overhears. The ticket was proof of Bates’ innocence as it was never turned in.

Lord Merton and Aldridge’s family comes to Downton.

Lady Isobel announces her engagement to Lord Merton.

Lady Violet is upset about Isobels engagement because she actually will miss Lady Isobel’s engagement and potentially losing her as a companion.

Cora and Rosamund find Edith and they hatch a plan.

Isis is still laid funny and is diagnosed as having cancer.

Episode 8

As Aldridge’s family come to Downton there’s tension about the fact they are Jewish and wanting the marriage to Rose to be in a synagogue.

Rose gets sent some photos of Aldridge in a compromising situation with another woman.

Shrimpie accuses Sarah and it comes out that she set up the whole shenanigans with Aldridge to put Rose off him.

At Rose’s wedding, Sarah announces that her and Shrimpie are getting divorced. Aldridge’s father is irate but his mother accepts it and tells him not to stop anything from happening.

The new maid to Lady Violet goes out with her male servant friend Andy and she gets back hammered. Thomas seems interested and suggests he goes with them next time. It’s an underground gambling Hall. Thomas wins a lot of money and gives it to the lad to pay his bill. It then comes out that the lady maid has been playing the casino for free drinks.

The police come to arrest Anna. The witness has said that she was seen on the pavement before Mr. Green died. Anna is taken away.

The war memorial is unveiled. Lord Grantham mentions Mrs Patmore’s friend and unveils a plaque to him.

Lord Grantham sees Edith with her child and gives a funny look. He speaks to Cora and she admits it. Lord Grantham is happy with the situation.

Daisy is set to move away but won’t admit it to the farmer.

Isis isn’t dead yet!

Episode 9 – a Moorland Holiday

Season 5 finale time now.

Mary turns up to York Prison to see Anna.

Lord Sinderby has hired a castle for Grouse Season. The family are heading up.

The servants are Aldridge’s family’s own and they don’t like Branson. Lord Sinderby also talks down to the Downton staff.

Lord Grantham clearly doesn’t like Lord Sinderby either.

Bates visits Anna. The police have found something out about her. Anna was abused by her mother’s fella when she was younger. She stabbed him and it’s on record.

Carson and Mrs Hughes are looking around for properties.

The Russian princess has been found who is the ex wife of the Prince. There’s history with them and Lady Violet.

There’s some nastiness between Lord Sinderby and how he talks to his own staff. Someone has sent a letter to the butler to cock everything up for him. He suspects it to be Thomas but it is not.

Lord Grantham is having a few pains in his chest and stomach. He has been told he might have angina.

Mr Bates leaves, leaving a letter for Lord Grantham. Bates is on the run, which allows Anna to get out of prison on bail.

Christmas 1924 and Andy is now working as a footman at the house.

Moseley and Baxter have been going around all the pubs in York to find the pub that Bates stayed in when he was in York when allegedly he killed Green. The issue is that if they clear Bates, Anna will get re-arrested.

Branson is set to leave.

Mary sings Silent Night in front of everyone.

Carson tells Mrs Hughes he has the house for the two of them. He then asks her to marry him! She agrees to marry him!

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

Oh wait…. Branson talks to Grantham and Lord Grantham is appreciative of him and tells him that he will always have a home.

Mr Bates returns to the house and surprises Anna.

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

Isis isn’t dead yet either!

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

Its September

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