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Christmas at Downton Abbey 

Christmas 1919. Downton Abbey is hosting a lavish Christmas party, yet despite being the season of goodwill, tensions are rife and Bates' arrest has cast a shadow over the festivities.


Brian Percival


Julian Fellowes (written and created by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Bonneville ... Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Laura Carmichael ... Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter ... Charles Carson
Brendan Coyle ... John Bates
Michelle Dockery ... Lady Mary Crawley
Siobhan Finneran ... Sarah O'Brien
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Bates
Robert James-Collier ... Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera ... Daisy Mason
Lesley Nicol ... Mrs. Patmore
Maggie Smith ... Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Dan Stevens ... Matthew Crawley
Penelope Wilton ... Isobel Crawley


At Christmas 1919 the Crawleys welcome Edith's former suitor Sir Anthony, now a war invalid, who tells her that he is too old for her, and Robert's sister Rosamund with her beau, the raffish Lord Hepworth. Sybil writes to announce her pregnancy. After Carlisle's selfish attitude towards the servants and his jealousy when Mary accompanies Matthew to visit Lavinia's grave, Robert prises from his wife the fact that the newspaper baron is effectively blackmailing his daughter into marriage to keep her secret and, on her father's advice, Mary breaks off the engagement, knowing that the angry Carlisle will now probably expose the family. Aware that Hepworth is penniless, Violet unsuccessfully tries to warn Rosamund against marriage but Rosamund is determined to go ahead with the wedding - until she catches her fiancé in bed with her maid. Things do not go well for John, on trial for killing Vera, though Robert and Matthew vow to contest his life imprisonment. Upstairs and downstairs at ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

19 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Daisy finds a Ouija board on the shelf downstairs. These boards came along after the Civil War and were used by spiritualists to talk to the dead. The Ouija board was patented in the 1890's in the US. They were wildly popular after WWI. The one they're using is a generic talking board of Brit manufacture, on the money bag is the symbol of the English pound. Although science has proven these talking boards are really operated by the subconscious mind, the Catholic Church still has them outlawed for use. See more »


Modern Christmas lights visible in Christmas tree (beginning of episode). See more »


Mr. Mason: So, will you be my daughter? Let me take you into my heart, make you special? You'll have parents of your own, of course.
Daisy Mason: I haven't got any parents. Not like that. I've never been special to anyone.
Mr. Mason: Except William.
Daisy Mason: That's right. I were only ever special to William. Never thought of it like that before.
Mr. Mason: Well, now you're special to me.
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References Monarch of the Glen: Episode #4.8 (2002) See more »


Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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