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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.

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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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Drama | Romance

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19 February 2012 (USA)  »

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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 »

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

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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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References Monarch of the Glen: Episode #4.8 (2002) See more »

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