In last week’s third episode of the new series of Downton Abbey, Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) saved the day – and Downton – by finally agreeing to take the huge inheritance that Lavinia Swire’s father left him, which he promptly handed over to Robert, Earl of Grantham so as to ensure the continuation of the Crawley’s at Downton.
And that is of course something we’re still whooping over, but the downstairs residents of the Abbey have further cause to celebrate in tonight’s visit as two new servants are hired, which will ease the load on the regular staff.
And it seems that one of those newbies, footman Jimmy (Ed Speelers) is going to set scheming Thomas Barrow’s (Rob James Collier) heart aflutter within minutes of turning up to take on his new job.
Meanwhile, Mrs Patmore (Lesley Nicol) has a new kitchen maid in the form of Ivy (Cara Theobold) which put upon Daisy (Sophie McShera) will doubtless be pleased about!
We have some sneak peek pictures for you below, but first, here’s the official description of tonight’s episode…
Branson’s political views land him in hot water, and Sybil’s loyalty is tested to the limit.
Ethel is torn between head and heart as she makes a difficult decision about her son’s future.
Anna is dispirited at Bates’s silence, what could be the cause?
Carson begins recruiting a footman, and good-looking candidate Jimmy sparks immediate interest below stairs.
And here are the new pics…
Meanwhile, it’s been reported that the owners of Highclere Castle, where of course Downton is filmed, are looking for a new butler! Maybe they should just head hunt Carson.
However, TV Biz reports, “Highclere Castle, home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, wants someone ‘to perform both family butler and banqueting duties’.”
The job ad states that the Carnarvon family want “a keen and enthusiastic person” to be the new assistant butler.