Downton Abbey: Season 2, Episode 9

Christmas at Downton Abbey (19 Feb. 2012)

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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.



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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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"Mais où sont les neiges d'antan?" ("But where are the snows of yesteryear?"), Violet's line, spoken in French, referring to her having known Lord Hepworth's father in her youth, is from the poem "Ballade des dames du temps jadis" by François Villon. See more »


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


Sir Richard Carlisle: I'm leaving the morning, Lady Grantham; I doubt we'll meet again.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Do you promise?
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References Wives and Daughters: Episode #1.3 (1999) See more »


Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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brilliant stuff
27 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

i know an awful lot of people hate Downton, my dad and an awful lot of my friends included, but i love it a kind of indecent amount and the Christmas special absolutely made my heart sing. The absolute trick of loving the show, as most Downton lovers probably know, is that its absolutely meant to be fun- you don't have to believe it would or could happen you just have to take the whole thing as a bit of a mini and extremely pretty pantomime where you can boo and throw crisps at the screen every time Carsile comes on, cheer at Sybil and Branson ,enjoy the genuinely heartfelt moments,take bets on the crazy storyline and basically have a lovely time. with all that taken into account i adored the Christmas special, it was festive enough with the snow in the proposal and gray skies at the shoot but also added to the storyline instead of doing the doctor who thing and creating a little "one off" as i had feared. It wasn't too depressing but was absolutely a roller-coaster ride of emotions (forgive the cliché) I think scenes including daisy and William's father, as well as, surprisingly, the proposal itself, seemed genuine and really well was nice to see everyone have a dance at the servants ball and the Mathew/Richard fight had me actually jumping up and down. of course there were a couple of sticky moments in the script, as there generally is,and the bates storyline seemed a bit detached from everything else and it didn't seem like fellowes couldn't decide how much Sybil/branson stuff should be mentioned but the happiness the (in main) fairytale ending supplied was immense and as always it was beautifully shot, so no complaints from me and i think it was amazing Christmas day entertainment.

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