|14th October 2012|
Set in Autumn 1920. August or September.
Lady Edith is asked to write a regular newspaper column. She is excited about the opportunity, but most of the family is not supportive. Isobel helps Ethel by offering her a job as a servant; however Mrs Bird refuses to work with Ethel and consequently leaves. The new maid Ivy draws Alfred's interest and receives Daisy's resentment. Matthew believes that Robert has been mismanaging the estate and finds an ally in George Murray, the family attorney. Mary is angry when she discovers that Matthew has been discussing this without her father, present. Sybil goes into labour and Robert hires a famous obstetrician, Sir Philip Tapsell, upsetting Dr Clarkson and Cora. The two doctors disagree over Sybil's care, Dr Clarkson insisting that Sybil is suffering from eclampsia and should be taken to hospital but Sir Philip arguing that Sybil is fit and healthy and only experiencing the normal process of childbirth. Despite the disagreement Sybil, however painfully, delivers a baby girl and all seems well. However during the night she becomes very ill and dies. The next day, Cora seems to blame her husband for her death because of his refusal to accept Dr Clarkson's statement that Sybil was ill. Despite Violet's comforts, Robert admits "there is some truth" in it.
- Sybbie was born in August or September 1920; we can infer this from Robert's words of "Tennessee is going to ratify the 19th Amendment." in Episode 3.04; this happened in August 1920 meaning that Episode 3.04 is set before August, or at least before August 18th when the Amendment was ratified. This means, as the 2012 Christmas Special is set in September 1921, that Sybil must have been born in August - as this is after 3.04 - or September 1920 - which is a year before the events of the 2012 Christmas Special.