Downton Abbey series 5 episode 5: Fisticuffs in Countess Cora's bedroom

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This week in Downton Abbey the Countess of Grantham was at the centre of scandal rather than her daughters. Cora, played by Elizabeth McGovern, was pursued by admirer who slipped into her bedroom while her husband was away. Unfortunately for him the Earl returned earlier than expected and belted him one.

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For once Cora didn't allow her daughters to have all the fun in episode five of Downton

Just in case you missed it or are such a fan that you want reminding take a look at HELLO! Online's round up of what happened.

Series five has given the over-50s plenty or romantic intrigue. In episode 5 Isobel Crawley was still considering Lord Merton's suit while Dame Maggie's ever character the Dowager Countess did what she does best – meddling.

Dame Maggie also had other matters that required her attention when she found out that the 'farmer's daughter' Lady Edith had taken an interest in was in fact her own illegitimate baby. Edith faced an agonising decision when her grandmother ordered her to send the child away from Grantham.

Meanwhile, the police are still sniffing around Mr and Mrs Bates, convinced one or both had something to do with the death of the valet Green.

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