Watch an Awkward and Funny Moment From ‘Downton Abbey’ | Anatomy of a Scene

  • Published: 27 September 2019
  • Order, structure and manners get momentarily derailed in one comic moment from the “Downton Abbey” movie.

    The king and queen are paying a visit to the estate, and the Downton staff are eager to serve them. The only wrinkle is that the royals are arriving with their own domestic help, so they won’t get the benefit of Mrs. Patmore’s cooking.

    The Downton servants beg to differ. They devise a plan to take back their rightful places by sidelining the royal staff. In this scene, one Downton servant, Molesley (Kevin Doyle), speaks up to let the king know that the evening's meal is indeed the work of Mrs. Patmore after all. The moment quickly becomes quiet and awkward. Narrating the sequence, the director Michael Engler explains the steps he took to create the maximum comic effect.

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Comments • 53

  • crafty bee
    crafty bee  22 hours back

    Molesley stole the movie with this brilliant acting - even from the
    Dowager herself! Our whole audience was in shock (as in we all felt for
    poor old Molesley) and then the laughter filled the room! Well done
    Kevin Doyle!!

    • Caitlin Olson
      Caitlin Olson  5 days back

      I was dying during this scene! Gotta love Mosley 😂

      • Gerard Collins
        Gerard Collins  1 weeks back

        This scene ruined the movie for me. It was pure cringe. I've always hated Moseleys character and this definitely reinforced that hatred.

        • s b
          s b  1 weeks back

          abolish all bloodsucker monarchies from the face of earth

          • s b
            s b  1 weeks back

            abolish all bloodsucker monarchies from the face of earth

            • DIY DIVA
              DIY DIVA  1 weeks back

              The whole premise of Anna Bates hatching the plot to replace the Kings staff was absurd. It's like they didn't remember who she was in the series.

              • Paul Richards
                Paul Richards  2 weeks back

                Great scene laughed out loud

                • OrioXP
                  OrioXP  2 weeks back

                  Do you have to be familiar with the show or can you watch this movie with no context and still enjoy it?

                  • OrioXP
                    OrioXP  7 days back

                    Thanks ^_^

                  • Van Tadeo
                    Van Tadeo  1 weeks back

                    You'll still get it but emotionally, you won't be as invested as the viewers of the series.

                  • Paul Richards
                    Paul Richards  2 weeks back

                    Its worth watching the previous series to get a feel for the great characters

                • helena
                  helena  2 weeks back

                  i literally died

                  • Claudia Farr
                    Claudia Farr  2 weeks back

                    This was the most magnificent scene in the movie everyone in the theater that I was with we all absolutely felt his pain and embarrassment but when he curtsied instead of bowed that was it we were all done in. It was so wonderful and that actor was so excellent everyone was wonderful the movie was wonderful I saw it five days ago and I’m still on a high from it

                    • Diva Queen
                      Diva Queen  2 weeks back

                      This was the best scene in the film x

                      • Marilyn Ramirez
                        Marilyn Ramirez  2 weeks back

                        This scene made the movie. It was hillarious!

                        • Karl Delavigne
                          Karl Delavigne  2 weeks back

                          Oh that was soooo embarrassing 😂

                          • Frank Lee Steamed
                            Frank Lee Steamed  2 weeks back


                            • Glenda Hawkins
                              Glenda Hawkins  2 weeks back

                              Moseley is HELARIOUS!

                              • Daniel Wileman
                                Daniel Wileman  2 weeks back

                                Great acting by Kevin Doyle! Utterly cringe worthy but hilarious! The whole cinema were roaring with laughter and watching from between their fingers as we covered our eyes with embarrassment for poor Mosley 😂😂😂

                                • Robyn M
                                  Robyn M  2 weeks back

                                  I went this past Monday & the whole theater was cracking up & it increased when he did the bow/curtsey, some thought he was passing gas as he went lower & lower into his curtsey. I wish I had been able to have seen the whole series. I have been binge watching all the clips & that's when I watched the advertisement for the movie. I took to locating the nearest theater that was playing it & I wish it could have been longer!
                                  The actors did an awesome job. My favourite is Maggie Smith!! She had so many wonderfully scripted quick witted responses & her delivery was impeccable!
                                  If you haven't seen this movie, do so before it's out of the theater's. It has everything you'd expect a good movie to have and you will be drawn into it as though you were there in person!!

                                  • JD Paramount
                                    JD Paramount  2 weeks back

                                    I absolutely LOVED this movie!!!! Seen it twice, and this seen was hilarious!!! 😂😂😂😂

                                    • Sophie Hoeberechts zum Vorde Sive Vording

                                      Funniest moment of the movie...what a wonderful actor is Kevin Doyle. had me crying of laughter

                                      • Rosie Delorme
                                        Rosie Delorme  2 weeks back

                                        This was the funniest part of the whole movie , couldn’t stop giggling as did others in theatre

                                        • C J
                                          C J  4 days back

                                          Rosie Delorme I nearly sprayed the people in front of me.

                                        • DanJo Galicia
                                          DanJo Galicia  2 weeks back

                                          I agree. Everyone in the theater laughed.

                                      • Susan Kay
                                        Susan Kay  2 weeks back

                                        A-aaand, Mosely steps in it yet again!
                                        Poor boy!

                                        • /
                                          /  2 weeks back

                                          Their has to be humor in a movie with a man acting like a woman. It's part of the trans agenda. Not saying it wasn't funny, just saying why it was there

                                          • parrotprodigy productions
                                            parrotprodigy productions  2 weeks back

                                            Wow. Do you see all public events in the light of sexuality and gender? Your comment borders on being called a "tinfoil hat conspiracy theory".

                                          • ToutCQJM
                                            ToutCQJM  2 weeks back

                                            / troll

                                        • Krystal Tourangi
                                          Krystal Tourangi  2 weeks back

                                          I legit giggled the whole way through this scene Mosley is a whole shmood

                                          • Maja Elisabeth
                                            Maja Elisabeth  2 weeks back

                                            Excellent 😂❤️

                                            • Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal
                                              Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal  2 weeks back

                                              Today, the New York Times has propagated false propaganda against India, this newspaper gets funds to run false news, what does New York know about India, it has run Pakistan's agenda,

                                              • Dillion T
                                                Dillion T  2 weeks back

                                                india’s fine

                                              • Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal
                                                Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal  2 weeks back

                                                @ToutCQJMIt does not matter here the paper of Nyt also does not use for cleaning shoes.NYT does not do fair journalism, I saw some news in this newspaper which was not quite right. This newspaper wants to appease India.

                                              • ToutCQJM
                                                ToutCQJM  2 weeks back

                                                Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal somehow I’m pretty sure that the problems in India start much closer to home than in the NYT.

                                              • Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal
                                                Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal  2 weeks back

                                                @Rosie Delorme I know that it is another subject,,, but I had to make people focus on main page of new York times newspaper (29/9/2019) but unfortunately, that content was not available on YouTube and website of new york times

                                              • Rosie Delorme
                                                Rosie Delorme  2 weeks back

                                                Pankaj try to focus on subject !!

                                            • Sanity Reigns
                                              Sanity Reigns  2 weeks back

                                              Don't let lying Trump see this....he thinks he's King and Dictator enough as it is....

                                              • Phillips Lee
                                                Phillips Lee  2 weeks back

                                                Wait. They actually made the movie? :o

                                                • Chana Berlove
                                                  Chana Berlove  2 weeks back

                                                  Its nothing like the show, just the same setting and cast

                                              • magna czagany
                                                magna czagany  3 weeks back

                                                They couldn’t have him dance again like in Scotland so they made him curtsy.

                                                • Peter Billionaire
                                                  Peter Billionaire  3 weeks back

                                                  1:53 Men bow, they don't curtsy. Was the curtsy intended to show his ignorance? Seems unlikely.

                                                  • Red Potter
                                                    Red Potter  2 weeks back

                                                    I watched the movie, the curtesy plays as a joke. Throughtout the film there is attention called to the respective curtsying and bowing so by the time we reach this scene there is no chance that the audience, no matter where they are, don’t get it.

                                                  • dadama925
                                                    dadama925  2 weeks back

                                                    Clueless are we?

                                                  • ewells95
                                                    ewells95  3 weeks back

                                                    Peter Billionaire he’s clearly nervous. Not much executive functioning when you’ve blundered like that!

                                                  • gumigumi
                                                    gumigumi  3 weeks back

                                                    footmen also don't address the king at a dinner party, it's supposed to be funny

                                                • Yellowwood
                                                  Yellowwood  3 weeks back

                                                  I loved loved luuuuuuved Dowton Abby. Mosley was one of these funniest characters. I always felt sorry for him. ☹️

                                                  • lovelyMissInna
                                                    lovelyMissInna  3 weeks back

                                                    This had me wheezing, Mosley is forever a mood. I want to go back to the theatre to see this again 😂

                                                    • Barwry Offical
                                                      Barwry Offical  3 weeks back

                                                      God night for home

                                                      • Just a Texas Girl
                                                        Just a Texas Girl  3 weeks back

                                                        ❤️ Mr. Moseley

                                                        • Dark
                                                          Dark  3 weeks back

                                                          Where is the video about Tulsi Gabbard?????

                                                          • Lana S.
                                                            Lana S.  3 weeks back

                                                            Makes me want to see the film even more.

                                                            • Glenn Leahey
                                                              Glenn Leahey  3 weeks back

                                                              I have many friends who've already seen it. I'll be seeing it next week and no one will cause yet another rescheduling. Not again! lol