Get the sequins out, it's party time!
Things don’t stay gloomy for very long as the Crawleys stage their first mega house party. And with a guest appearance from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, as the greatest opera star of the period, Dame Nellie Melba, the Twenties certainly start Roaring.
“These parties were built to impress and to entertain and it just struck me as being odd that we’d never had a house party,” Fellowes remarked. “I thought it was believable that the characters of Robert and Cora would want to help their daughter start again, and me, the author, thought it would be fun to see Downton going full pitch.” The party marks a general lightening of the spirits (and a donning of sequins) after the tragic deaths of Matthew and Lady Sybil.