Episode 5.01 is the first episode of Series 5. It begins shortly after Ramsay MacDonald has become the new Prime Minister. (ie. late January or early February 1924).
Returning to Downton in 1924, a new Labour government heralds changes that are being felt throughout the land, as well as above and below stairs.
Plans for a war memorial unexpectedly pit Carson against Robert and Mrs Hughes. While unwanted female attention spells trouble for Jimmy, Thomas gives Baxter an ultimatum. Branson’s burgeoning friendship causes Robert concern while Mary is ready to find love again. Cracks appear in Edith and Drewe’s special arrangement as she increasingly struggles to keep her emotions in check; this may have disastrous consequences for the whole household.
On Saturday 16th February 1924, Lord and Lady Grantham hold a party at Downton to celebrate their 34th wedding anniversary. A careless action by Lady Edith causes a fire to break out in her room.
- Radio Times Series 5 Episode 1: About this programme • Cast and Crew (review by Alison Graham)