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Just as Downton fans were starting to recover from the S3 shock of Matthew’s passing, Sunday’s episode confirmed that there are fates worse than death, and bad things still happen to really nice people on that show. When I first saw this episode on ITV this fall, I thought it was odd that “viewer discretion was advised”. The same warning was broadcast last night. By the end of the show we all understood why. Anna Bates, played by Joanne Froggatt is brutally attacked by Mr. Green, a visiting valet. The controversial scene was watched by more than 9 million people in the UK on ITV, prompted outrage among some viewers and a huge amount of coverage and debate in the media. A total of 244 complaints were made to Ofcom (media regulator), with around 200 received by ITV. In the end Ofcom did not investigate the matter further. We shall see how America reacts. Sadly, the plotline reveals a darker side of servant life.
This week’s dish is Syllabub, one of many dishes being served at Downton to their visiting guests that fateful weekend. Simple to make and contains alcohol. You may find it helps calm frazzled viewer’s nerves.