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The first trailer for the Downton Abbey Christmas special has been released by ITV.

The minute-long trailer focuses on Lady Rose's 'coming out', where she is presented at Buckingham Palace in front of King George V.

Elsewhere, Isobel finds herself being chased by an admirer, Daisy has "an unexpected invitation" and Carson treats his staff to a "special day out".

Shirley MacLaine will feature in the festive special, returning as Cora's mother Martha Levinson. Emmy and Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti will also join the cast, portraying Cora's brother Harold.

Cast regulars Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Samantha Bond, Laura Carmichael, Lily James, Allen Leech, Brendan Coyle and Joanne Froggatt will all return for the episode.

Familiar faces Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Daisy Lewis, Patrick Kennedy, Tim Drewe and Douglas Reith will also be back, continuing stories from the end of series four. »

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