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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.

Director:

Brian Percival

Writer:

Julian Fellowes (written and created by)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2011 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Lord Hepworth, played by Nigel Havers, is named for Cecil Hepworth, and his company, Hepworth Studios, where actress Ivy Close, grandmother of _"Downton Abbey" (2010)_ producer Gareth Neame, got her start in the film industry. See more »

Goofs

The miniature lights that adorn the Christmas tree by the hundreds at the beginning of the episode -- which is supposed to take place during Christmas of 1919 -- were not introduced until 1970. See more »

Quotes

Matthew Crawley: [regarding broken crockery after his fight with Carlisle] Sorry about the vase.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Don't be, don't be. It was a wedding present from a frightful aunt. I have hated it for half a century.
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Connections

References Жены и дочери: Episode #1.3 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Tales from the Vienna Woods Waltz
(uncredited)
Composed by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss II)
[Heard on gramophone at servants' ball]
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