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Downton Abbey: Episode 1x01 Part One
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ACT ONE
[OPENING CREDITS]
[A hand taps out Morse code. A train whistle blows. Mr Bates sits in one of the cars. A woman takes down the telegram message.]

WOMAN
Oh, my God.

MAN
That's impossible. I'll take it up there now.

WOMAN
Don't be stupid. None of them will be up for hours and what difference will it make?

[She hands him the telegram.]

WOMAN
Jimmy'll do it when he comes in.

--

April 1912

--
[00:01:41, DOWNTON ABBEY, SERVANTS' CORRIDOR - MORNING]
[Daisy knocks on the housemaids' bedroom door.]

DAISY
Six o'clock!

[HOUSEMAIDS' BEDROOM - MORNING]
[Gwen sits up in bed.]

GWEN
Thank you, Daisy. Anna.

[Anna stirs in her bed.]

ANNA
For once in my life I'd like to sleep until I woke up natural.

--
[00:02:00, KITCHENS - MORNING]

MRS PATMORE
Is your fire still in?

DAISY
Yes, Mrs Patmore.

MRS PATMORE
Oh, my, my, will wonders never cease? Have you laid the servants' hall breakfast?

DAISY
Yes, Mrs Patmore.

MRS PATMORE
And finished blacking that stove?

DAISY
Yes, Mrs Patmore.

MRS PATMORE
What about the bedroom fires?

DAISY
All lit, Mrs Patmore.

MRS PATMORE
Right, well, take your things and get started on the fires on the ground floor.

[Daisy carries a bucket of firewood through the servants' hall and up through the main rooms into the library.]

HOUSEMAID 1 (to Daisy)
Now hurry up.

[Daisy hurries through the library. A footman, Thomas, enters with a silver tray with two drinks. He collects two more in another room.]

THOMAS
Any sign of William?

HOUSEMAID 2
No.

[Thomas enters the breakfast room where William is laying the tablecloth.]

THOMAS
Where have you been?

WILLIAM
I'm not late, am I?

THOMAS
You're late when I say you're late.

--
[00:03:30, DRAWING ROOM - MORNING]
[Anna and Gwen open the windows and fluff the pillows.]

ANNA
Daisy? Whatever are you doing there crouching in the dark?

DAISY
You weren't here and I didn't want to touch the curtains with my dirty hands.

GWEN
And quite right, too.

ANNA
Why didn't you put the lights on?

DAISY
I daren't.

GWEN
Well, it's electricity, not the devil's handiwork. You'll have to get used to it sooner or later.

ANNA
Skelton Park have even got it in the kitchens.

DAISY
What for?

--
[00:03:57, SERVANTS' CORRIDOR - MORNING]
[Mrs Hughes, the housekeeper, walks with the keys. William knocks on the butler's door while he's polishing the silver.]

WILLIAM
Breakfast is ready, Mr Carson.

MR CARSON
Ah, William, any papers yet?

WILLIAM
They're late.

MR CARSON
They certainly are. Get the board out so you can do them as soon as they're here.

[William sets up a board used for ironing the newspaper.]

--
[00:04:17, DRAWING ROOM - MORNING]

MRS HUGHES
Is the library tidy?

ANNA
Yes, Mrs Hughes.

MRS HUGHES
Good. I want the dining room given a proper going over today. You can do it when they've finished their breakfast. Oh, heavens, girl! You're building a fire, not inventing it. How many have you done?

DAISY
This is my last till they come downstairs.

MRS HUGHES
Very well. Now, get back down to the kitchens before anyone sees you.

--
[00:04:45, EXT. DOWNTON - MORNING]
[The paperboy cycles up to Downton. Lady Mary gets out of bed and sees him ride past her window. She rings the bell.]

--
[00:05:13, SERVANTS' HALL - MORNING]
[The bell for the Queen Caroline room rings as the servants are eating breakfast.]

THOMAS
And they're off.

MRS HUGHES
No rest for the wicked.

[Mrs Patmore looks at the bells]

MRS PATMORE
Lady Mary. Are the tea trays ready?

[Anna gets up from the table.]

ANNA
All ready, Mrs Patmore, if the water's boiled. Could you give us a hand to take the other two up?

MISS O'BRIEN
I've got Her Ladyship's to carry.

GWEN
I'll help.

[Another bell rings.]

MRS HUGHES
Back door.

MR CARSON
The papers at last. William.

--
[00:05:29, EXT. BACK DOOR - MORNING]
[The paperboy reads the newspaper as William steps out.]

WILLIAM
You're late.

PAPERBOY
Yeah. I--I know, but--

WILLIAM
But what?

PAPERBOY
You'll see.

--
[00:05:38, MR CARSON'S OFFICE - MORNING]
[William irons the newspaper.]

MR CARSON
Do The Times first. He only reads that at breakfast, and The Sketch for Her Ladyship. You can manage the others later if need be.

[William nods as Carson leaves. He starts to fold up the paper, but stops when he sees something and reads it.]

--
[00:05:55, SERVANTS' HALL - MORNING]

DAISY
Why are the papers ironed?

MRS PATMORE
What's it to you?

MISS O'BRIEN
To dry the ink, silly. We won't want His Lordship's hands as black as yours.

[More bells ring. Daisy finishes clearing the table and Miss O'Brien gets up.]

WILLIAM
Mr Carson, I think you ought to see this.

[William hands him the newspaper.]

--
[00:06:12, KITCHENS - MORNING]

MRS HUGHES
I can't make myself believe it.

MRS PATMORE
Me neither.

THOMAS
His Lordship's dressed.

[Mrs Patmore looks over at William who is talking to Daisy.]

MRS PATMORE
William! Will you stop talking and take this kedgeree up, and mind the burners are still lit.

WILLIAM
Yes, Mrs Patmore.

[William takes the dish and heads out.]

THOMAS
Is it really true?

WILLIAM
Afraid so.

MRS PATMORE
Nothing in life is sure.

--
[00:06:32, BREAKFAST ROOM - MORNING]
[Robert, Earl of Grantham, descends the stairs with his dog.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Morning, Carson.

MR CARSON
Good morning, my lord.

[Robert dishes up the breakfast buffet for himself.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Is it true what they're saying?

MR CARSON
I believe so, my lord.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I'm afraid we'll know some people on it. I don't suppose there are any lists of survivors yet?

MR CARSON
I understand most of the ladies were taken off in time.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
You mean the ladies in first class?

[Carson nods grimly.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
God help the poor devils below decks.

[Robert takes his breakfast to the table and puts the napkin in his lap as he sits down.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
On their way to a better life. What a tragedy.

[Robert opens the newspaper to see a picture of the Titanic. Lady Mary and Lady Edith enter and read over his shoulder.]

LADY EDITH
When Anna told me, I thought she must've dreamt it.

LADY MARY
Do we know anyone on board?

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Your mother knows the Asters. At least, she knows him. We dined with Lady Rothfuss last month. There are bound to be others.

LADY EDITH
I thought it was supposed to be unsinkable.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Every mountain is unclimbable until someone climbs it, so every ship is unsinkable until it sinks.

THOMAS
My lady.

[Thomas hands Lady Sybil a tray with the post and she takes the letter before she enters.]

LADY SYBIL
Good morning, Papa.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Morning. What's that?

LADY SYBIL
Just arrived. Telegram.

[Robert opens it while he continues to read the paper. Then he is stunned by the telegram's contents. His daughters stare at him, waiting. He gets up from the table without a word.]

--
[00:08:14, CORRIDOR - MORNING]
[Robert passes Miss O'Brien as he walks down the hall.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Is Her Ladyship awake?

MISS O'BRIEN
Yes, Milord. I'm just going to take in her breakfast.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Thank you.

[Robert knocks on a door. There's a muffled reply behind the door.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
May I come in?

[Robert enters.]

--
[00:08:23, INT. LADY GRANTHAM'S BEDROOM - DAY]
[Cora is reading the Daily Sketch.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Isn't this terrible? When you think how excited Lucy Rothfuss was at the prospect. It's too awful for any words. Did J.J. Aster get off? Of course, that new wife of his has bound to have been rescued.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I've had a telegram from George Murray. One of his partners is in New York.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Yes?

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
It seems James and Patrick were on board.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
What? They can't have been. They weren't going over till may.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Then they changed their plans. They're definitely on the passenger list.

[O'Brien brings the breakfast tray to Cora in bed.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Thank you, O'Brien, that'll be all for the moment. (to Robert) But surely there were picked up?

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
It doesn't look like it.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
What?

[Cora puts her breakfast tray aside.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Neither of them? You must tell Mary. She can't hear about it from anyone else.

[Robert nods.]

[BREAK 1]

--
ACT TWO
[00:09:23, SERVANTS' CORRIDOR - DAY]
[A man walks with a cane and a travel bag.]

--
[00:09:28, LADY MARY'S BEDROOM - DAY]
[O'Brien holds a white cloth as she talks to Anna and Gwen as the house maids make the bed.]

MISS O'BRIEN
"Neither of them were picked up," that's what he said.

ANNA
Mr Crawley and Mr Patrick?

MISS O'BRIEN
That's what he said. Her Ladyship was the colour of this cloth.

GWEN
Well, it's a terrible shame if it's true.

MISS O'BRIEN
It's worse than a shame. It's a complication.

[O'Brien leaves. Gwen and Anna follow O'Brien down the servants' staircase.]

GWEN
Well, what do you mean?

MISS O'BRIEN
What do you think? Mr Crawley was His Lordship's cousin and heir to the title.

GWEN
Well, but I thought Lady Mary was the heir.

MISS O'BRIEN
She's a girl, stupid. Girls can't inherit. But now Mr Crawley's dead, and Mr Patrick was his only son. So, what happens next?

ANNA
It's a dreadful thing.

[The maids find Mr Bates standing in the servants' corridor with his cane and travel bag.]

MR BATES
Hello. I've been waiting at the back door. I knocked, but no one came.

MISS O'BRIEN
So you pushed in?

MR BATES
I'm John Bates, the new valet.

MISS O'BRIEN
The new valet?

MR BATES
That's right.

[O'Brien looks down at Bates's cane.]

MISS O'BRIEN
You're early.

MR BATES
Came on the milk train, thought I'd use the day to get to know the place, start tonight.

ANNA
I'm Anna, the head housemaid.

[Anna shifts the sheets and candle in her arms to shake his hand.]

MR BATES
How do you do?

[Bates reaches to shake O'Brien's hand, but she doesn't take it.]

MISS O'BRIEN
And I'm Miss O'Brien, Her Ladyship's maid. You better come along with us.

[Anna and Bates exchange a small smile before following into the servants' hall.]

--
[00:10:45, INT. SERVANTS' HALL - DAY]

MRS HUGHES
But how can you manage?

MR BATES
Don't worry about that. I can manage.

MRS PATMORE
Because we've all got our own work to do.

MR BATES
I can manage.

MR CARSON
All right, Mrs Hughes, I'll take over, thank you. Good morning, Mr Bates. Welcome. I hope your journey was satisfactory.

MR BATES
It was fine, thank you.

MR CARSON
I am the butler at Downton. My name is Carson.

MR BATES
How do you do, Mr Carson?

MR CARSON
This is Thomas, first footman. He's been looking after His Lordship since Mr Watson left. It'll be a relief to get back to normal, won't it, Thomas?

[Thomas gives a short, insincere smile. Mr Carson turns to Mrs Hughes.]

MR CARSON
I assume that everything is ready for Mr Bates's arrival?

MRS HUGHES
I put him in Mr Watson's old room. Though he left it in quite a state, I can tell you.

MRS PATMORE
But what about all them stairs?

MR BATES
I keep telling you...I can manage.

ANNA
Of course you can.

[Bates and Anna exchange a friendly smile.]

MR CARSON
Thomas, take Mr Bates to his room and show him where he'll be working.

[Thomas and Bates leave.]

MR CARSON
Thank you everyone.

MISS O'BRIEN
Well, I can't see that lasting long.

MR CARSON
Thank you, Miss O'Brien.

[Carson leaves. Carson looks up at the daunting flights of stairs and Thomas smiles before ascending ahead of him.]

--
[00:12:02, INT. SERVANTS' BEDROOM CORRIDOR - DAY]
[Bates is panting as they walk down the corridor. Thomas opens the door to his room and Bates looks at the modest wardrobe, chair, washing basin, cots, nightstand, and dresser.]

MR BATES
Oh, yes. I shall be comfortable here.

--
[00:12:27, INT. LIBRARY - DAY]

LADY MARY
Does this mean I'll have to go into full mourning?

[Robert is shocked and upset.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
My first cousin and his son are almost certainly dead. We will all be in mourning.

LADY MARY
No. I mean, with the other thing. After all, it wasn't official.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
If you're saying you do not wish to mourn Patrick as a fiancé, that is up to you.

LADY MARY
Well, no one knew about it outside the family.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I repeat, it is up to you.

LADY MARY
Well, that's a relief.

[She looks up at her father, realizing how that sounded. Robert turns to sit down at his desk and Mary leaves.]

--
[00:13:11, INT. LORD GRANTHAM'S DRESSING ROOM - DAY]
[Thomas shows Bates around the house.]

THOMAS
There's some cedar-lined cupboards in the attics for things that aren't often worn, travelling clothes and such. Mr Watson used them to rotate the summer and winter stuff; I'll show you later.

MR BATES
What about studs and links? Do I choose them, or does he?

THOMAS
Lay them out unless he asks for something in particular. These for a ball, these for an ordinary dinner, these only in London.

MR BATES
I'll get the hang of it.

THOMAS
Yeah, you'll have to.

[Mr Bates lifts a lid on a case.]

THOMAS
Snuff boxes. He collects them.

MR BATES
Beautiful. Funny our job, isn't it?

THOMAS
What do you mean?

MR BATES
The way we live with all this, pirates horde within our reach. But none of it's ours, is it?

THOMAS
No, none of it's ours.

--
[00:14:04, INT. CORRIDOR - DAY]
[Thomas stops as he passes O'Brien in the corridor.]

THOMAS
I can't believe I've been passed over for Long John Silver.

MISS O'BRIEN
You should've spoken up when you had the chance. Don't make the same mistake next time.

THOMAS
Who says there'll be a next time?

[Mrs Hughes enters the corridor.]

MRS HUGHES
Is this a public holiday no one's told me of?

[Thomas continues on his way.]

--
[00:14:28, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY, GROUNDS - DAY]
[Robert and Cora go on a walk with the dog.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
She was certainly reluctant to go into mourning.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Well, she'll have to; we all will. O'Brien's sorting out my black now, and I've told Anna to see what the girls have that still fits. Of course, this alters everything. You won't try to deny it. You must challenge the entail now, surely?

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Can't we at least wait until we know they're dead before we discuss it?

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Don't talk as if I'm not broken-hearted, because I am. Of course, I've never understood why this estate must go to whomever inherits your title.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
My dear, I don't make the law.

[Mr Carson approaches them from the house.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
What is it?

MR CARSON
The Dowager Countess is in the drawing room.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I'll come now.

MR CARSON
She asked for Lady Grantham.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
I wonder what I've done wrong this time.

MR CARSON
And the new valet has arrived, My Lord.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Has he? Er...thank you, Carson.

[Carson clears his throat.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
What is it?

MR CARSON
I'm not entirely sure that he'll prove equal to the task, but Your Lordship will be the judge of that.

[Carson returns to the house and Robert turns to Cora.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Better go.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Tell her about James and Patrick; she won't have heard.

--
[00:15:41, INT. DRAWING ROOM - DAY]
[Violet is dressed in black.]

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Of course I've heard. Why else would I be here?

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Robert didn't want you to read about it in a newspaper and be upset.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
He flatters me. I'm tougher than I look.

[Cora sighs.]

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
I'm very sorry about poor Patrick, of course. He was a nice boy.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
We were all so fond of him.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
But I never cared for James. He was too like his mother and a nastier woman never drew breath.

[Cora puts on a smile.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Will you stay for some luncheon?

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Thank you.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
I'll let Carson know.

[Cora heads for the door.]

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
I've already told him. Shall we sit down?

[They sit.]

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Do you know the new heir?

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Only that there is one.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
He's Robert's third cousin, once removed. I have never, well, to my knowledge, set eyes on him.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Of course, if your late husband hadn't forced me to sign that absurd act of legal theft--

[Violet puts up a hand.]

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
My dear, I didn't come here to fight. Lord Grantham wanted to protect the estate. It never occurred to him that you wouldn't have a son.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Well, I didn't.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
No...you did not. But when Patrick had married Mary, and you grandson been hailed as master, honour would have been satisfied. Unfortunately, now...

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Now a complete unknown has the right to pocket my money, along with the rest of the swag.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
The problem is, saving your dowry would break up the estate. It would be the ruin of everything Robert's given his life to.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
And he knows this?

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Well, if he doesn't, he will.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Then there's no answer.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Yes, there is, and it's a simple one. The entail must be smashed in its entirety, and Mary recognized as heiress of all.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
There's nothing we can do about the title.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
No. She can't have the title. But she can have your money. And the estate. I didn't run Downton for thirty years to see it go lock, stock, and barrel to a stranger from God knows where.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Are we to be friends, then?

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
We are allies, my dear, which can be a good deal more effective.

--
[00:18:01, INT. SERVANTS' HALL - DAY]
[Daisy carries a pitcher from the kitchens to the servants' hall where the servants are sitting down to luncheon.]

MR CARSON
Downton is a great house, Mr Bates, and the Crawleys are a great family. We live by certain standards and those standards can at first seem daunting.

MR BATES
Of course.

MR CARSON
If you find yourself tongue-tied in the presence of His Lordship, I can only assure you that his manners and grace will soon help you to perform your duties to the best of your ability.

MR BATES
I know.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Bates!

[All of the servants stand.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
My dear fellow. I do apologise, I should have realised you'd all be at luncheon.

MR CARSON
Not at all, my lord.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Please, sit. Sit, everyone. I just want to say a quick hello to my old comrade in arms. Bates, my dear man, welcome to Downton.

[They shake hands.]

MR BATES
Thank you, sir.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I'm so sorry to have disturbed you all. Please forgive me.

[Robert leaves and the ones who seated themselves rise slightly in their chairs. The servants turn their surprised looks on Mr Bates. He shrugs.]

MR BATES
You never asked.

[BREAK 2]


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