Events like weekend shooting parties were among the most extravagant of the era. King Edward VII had set the standard for the behavior of the aristocracy at such events, which were strictly private and often involved extra-marital affairs. But by 1910, the party â€” at least for King Edward â€” was over. He died in May and was succeeded by George V.
Sir John decides to host a weekend shooting party. Miss Anson, Lady Olliff-Cooper's unmarried sister, is finding her life unbearably repressive, and rebels by indulging in such ""manly"" pastimes as riding her bike and going out walking on her own. By the end of episode four, Miss Anson leaves the house on doctor's orders, taking a break from the Edwardian experience. When Sir John criticizes the food in front of guests, the chef, Monsieur Dubiard, takes revenge and prepares a grand dish in the authentic Edwardian style â€” a pig's head â€” which is carried into the dining room and sliced before the horrified eyes of the family. Most of the servants
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