Six months have passed since Matthew's untimely death and Mary is still grief-stricken. While family and servants try to help her cope, Branson and Carson encounter figures from their past, and Edith's romance takes a new course. The estate is struggling with financial woes as well, causing sparks to fly. Additionally, the departure of a long-time staff member causes no tears, but does create opportunity for new faces, drama, and alliances below stairs.
Premiered in UK as Series 4: Episodes 1 and 2
New friendships are forming as fates converge at a lavish house party featuring a performance by a famous guest. Party developments soon serve to stress Mrs. Patmore, trouble Branson, and endanger Anna.
Premiered in UK as Series 4: Episode 3
Emotions are high following the event-filled party at Downton Abbey and Mary, Edith, Tom, and Anna each find themselves in difficult situations. Carson shares some intimate details about his former life, and things are heating up for Ivy and Alfred. Meanwhile, Rose's trip to London creates a stir, and the Crawley family reputation could be at stake.
Premiered in UK as Series 4: Episode 4
Two years after the devastating events of "The Reichenbach Fall", John appears to get on with his life. But, with London under threat of a devastating terrorist attack, Sherlock is about to take John at his word, staging his resurrection.
Change is in the air as an exciting opportunity for Alfred creates tension between Ivy and Daisy. Isobel appeals to Violet's charitable nature, but it does not come without a fight, and Branson considers a new future for himself and baby Sybbie.
Originally aired in the UK as Series 4, Episode 5
Sherlock faces the biggest challenge of his life - delivering a best man's speech on John's wedding day. Sherlock ends up leaving the wedding early, and John may live to regret offering the role to a man who didn’t realize he was John’s best friend. Perhaps even more importantly, one of the guests at John’s wedding to Mary Morstan may not live to see the end of the day. it's too bad that that Sherlock is unable to focus his tremendous powers of deduction on the murder that’s hatching right under his nose, but then the responsibilities of a best man are more diabolically exhausting than preventing a very clever killing.
A birthday party is planned for Robert, but Rose's surprise contribution to the event ruffles feathers above and below stairs. A new farming venture on the Downton estate comes with dramatic repercussions for Mary, and Edith receives more unwelcome news.
Originally aired in the UK as Series 4, Episode 6
Since Sherlock’s return, it seems that no one great criminal has stepped up to challenge him. But things aren't quite as tranquil as they seem, for there is actually an evil mastermind at work deep beneath the surface. Newspaper magnate, Charles Augustus Magnusson, is just a businessman, yet somehow he seems to control the most powerful people in the western world. Now, Sherlock and John Watson find themselves squaring off with this repulsive and very evasive man...and suddenly, everything in Sherlock’s world is in jeopardy.
Cora's playboy brother has got himself into a spot of trouble and Robert has to make a trip to America to bail him out. Blake and Mary are forced to put aside their differences to deal with a new farming venture on the estate. When Violet is taken ill, help comes from an unlikely source. In spite of Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Patmore and Carson's attempts to keep the peace, romantic tensions below stairs cause problems.
Originally aired in the UK as Series 4, Episode 7
Rosamund comes up with a plan to help Edith deal with her problem, but Violet may be about to see right through it. Isobel is the object of someone's attention, while Mary asks Gillingham for a favor. Rose is frustrated when things do not go her way and Alfred realizes too late that he may have made a mistake. Just as Bates and Anna seem to be getting over the worst, some unexpected news shakes her up.
Originally aired in the UK as Series 4, Episode 8
It is summer and debutante Rose is to be presented at Buckingham Palace. The family is at Grantham House, their London home, preparing for the busy social program. Never one to miss out on such a grand occasion, Martha Levinson sails in from New York with Cora's recently disgraced brother Harold in tow. Both outspoken and larger-than-life, they create quite an impression among certain members of London's high society. When the Crawleys are implicated in a scandal that threatens to engulf the monarchy, Robert goes to great lengths to protect the royal family, as well as his own.
Originally aired in the UK as Series 4, Christmas Special (2013)
It's 1914, and Selfridge & Company are celebrating their 5th anniversary. There is still a great rift between Harry and Rose, made worse by the presence of Delphine Day. Their son, Gordon, also adds to the tension with his desire to leave school and work in the store. Agnes Towler returns from Paris and takes over as head of departmental displays; and mysterious events unfold after Lady Mae's husband unexpectedly arrives in London. Soon, there are rumors of impending war, and the staff are worried Selfridge will return to America if war breaks out. In attempts to reassure the staff, Selfridge organizes a special Empire Exhibition and a staff party. Hoping for reconciliation, Rose makes arrangements for the party to be held at Delphine's club, creating much anxiety for Selfridge.
Originally aired in the UK as Series II, Episodes 1 & 2