Downton Abbey: Season 2, Episode 9

Christmas Special 2011 (19 Feb. 2012)

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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 ... See full summary »



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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 »


When Anna takes Rosamund and Lady Mary upstairs to walk in on Lord Hepworth and Rosamund's maid, Shore, Anna is seen first opening the door, and then entering the room with Rosamund and Mary. She is present throughout the scene. However, after the confrontation with Hepworth, when Rosamund and Mary turn to leave, Anna is still seen behind them, about to leave the room as well and close the door behind them. But when Mary and Rosamund are seen in the hallway a moment later, Anna, who was just seen about to close the door and walk away from them down the corridor has completely disappeared and is nowhere to be seen. The door can also be heard being pulled shut as Mary and Rosamund are seen standing in the hall, however Anna, who closed the door is seemingly nowhere in sight. See more »


Sir Richard Carlisle: Why do we have to serve ourselves at luncheon?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: It's a Downton tradition. They have their feast at lunchtime and we have ours in the evening.
Sir Richard Carlisle: But why can't they eat earlier and serve us like they usually do?
Lady Mary Crawley: Because it's Christmas Day!
Sir Richard Carlisle: It's not how we'll do it at Haxby.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Which I can easily believe.
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References Monarch of the Glen: Episode #4.8 (2002) See more »


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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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