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New pictures from Downton Abbey's Christmas special have been unveiled by ITV.
Featuring fresh shots of Hollywood star Paul Giamatti's guest role and further clues about the plot for the festive edition of the period drama, the snaps are expected to excite fans of the show.
At the heart of this year's Christmas episode will be Lady Rose's 'coming out', where she is presented at Buckingham Palace.
Not wanting to miss out on the occasion Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine) returns, bringing her New York playboy son Harold (Giamatti) with her. Inevitably, the duo make quite the impact on London's high society.
Elsewhere, Isobel finds herself being chased by an admirer, Daisy has "an unexpected invitation" and Carson treats his staff to a "special day out".
The episode, which was filmed at Lancaster House and other spectacular locations, will also feature a storyline surrounding a royal scandal that the Crawleys are implicated in. »
The first pictures from the Downton Abbey Christmas special have been released.
Set six months after the recently completed series four, the special episode will focus on Rose's (Lily James) 'coming out' at Buckingham Palace, meaning that the family and their servants are staying at their residence in London.
Lady Rose is seen in one image wearing a white dress and headpiece as she curtseys for King George V and Queen Mary.
Shirley MacLaine has also reprised her role as Cora's mother Martha Levinson.
She makes the journey from New York to mark the occasion and is joined by her playboy son Harold, represented by highly-anticipated guest star Paul Giamatti.
The episode, which takes place during the summer, was filmed in a number of locations in London and the south, with Lancaster House standing in for Buckingham Palace. »
Downton Abbey will head to Buckingham Palace for its Christmas special.
ITV confirmed that the festive episode of the series - which is actually set in the summer season - will focus on Rose's 'coming out' at the Palace, meaning that the family and their servants are staying at their residence in London.
Shirley MacLaine will reprise her role as Cora's mother Martha Levinson, who makes the journey from New York to mark the occasion. She is joined by her playboy son Harold, who is played by highly-anticipated guest star Paul Giamatti.
Elsewhere in the episode, Isobel discovers that she has an admirer, Edith struggles with a "moral dilemma", Carson takes the staff on a day out, and Daisy gets an "unexpected invitation".
But when the Crawleys are implicated in a scandal that threatens to engulf the monarchy, Robert goes to "great lengths" to protect both his own family and the royals. »
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