Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 9

Christmas Special 2012 (17 Feb. 2013)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 754 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 1 critic

The Crawleys head to a Scottish hunting lodge, while the downstairs staff stays behind at Downton Abbey. New romances flare up, and a crisis unfolds.



(written and created by)
0Check in

Watch Now

with Prime Instant Video + 1 more

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - The One I Love

Interview with Charlie McDowell and Mark Duplass

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3954 titles
created 06 Apr 2012
a list of 363 titles
created 25 Dec 2012
a list of 4 titles
created 05 Feb 2013
a list of 35 titles
created 6 months ago
a list of 35 images
created 5 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Christmas Special 2012 (17 Feb 2013)

Christmas Special 2012 (17 Feb 2013) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Downton Abbey.
« Previous Episode | 25 of 43 Episodes | Next Episode »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:


The Crawleys travel to Duneagle Castle in Scotland to holiday with Rose and her parents 'Shrimpie' and Susan, an unhappily married couple due to leave for Bombay in line with Shrimpie's posting with the Diplomatic Corps. Robert discovers the reason for the rift in the marriage and the move - Shrimpie's mismanagement has lost the family home. Edith's editor and lover Michael Gregson also turns up and is befriended by Matthew, who believes he should let Edith down gently as he is unable to divorce his mentally-ill wife. Edith, however, is not so willing to give him up. Back in Yorkshire the staff attend a fair in Thirsk at the invitation of Mrs Patmore's new admirer, grocer Jos Tufton. The Downton boys win a tug-of-war but a drunken Jimmy is robbed by locals and rescued by Thomas, who ends up injured. Also at the fair are Isobel and local doctor Clarkson. Forward new maid Edna tries to seduce Tom. Written by don @ minifie-1

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

scotland | fair | tug of war | castle | hunting | See more »







Release Date:

17 February 2013 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


In learning to run the estate, Branson says that he's "on a learning curve". This phrase did not exist in the 1920s; it didn't come into use until the 1930s to describe productivity in the aircraft manufacturing industry. See more »


[Lady Susan's maid, Wilkins, has tried to get Sarah O'Brien drunk by surreptitiously giving her whisky, but Sarah has given it to Molesley who is now cavorting exuberantly and drunkenly on the dance-floor]
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: They do say there's a wild man inside all of us.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: If only he would *stay* inside.
See more »


Featured in The Queen Latifah Show: John Travolta/Alicia Keys (2013) See more »


The Mason's Apron
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The bridge between
26 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Branson Storyline was the most interesting and touching. A lonely widower/father in a new job/positon, trying to find himself, and deal with grief and fatherhood. Adding to the equation he is family yet not family when it came to his in-laws and the servants. Glad he did not fall under Edna's spell. Nice to have some long camera scenes of this handsome actor who plays the part. The scenes with Branson crying and Mrs Hughes holding his hands were so moving, you could feel his character's pain if you have ever lost someone close. The Branson/Sybil scenes were few,short and rushed this season. They were my favorite couple and my family had hi hopes for them.

This storyline made the episode; as his character was bridge between the Family(upstairs) and the servants(downstairs). The family being away most of the episode.

The story lines of the staff were fun and playful. Nice to see all getting along and have pleasant exchanges of conversations. The background of the fair was a wonderful touch and fun seeing the boys pulling at the tug of war and winning; as were having the girls on the rides was a nice touch.

Isobel and local doctor Clarkson was a nice by-line, yet I did see that coming and was not surprise by it.

The family's visit to the unhappy Scottish relatives home was a validation of how empty society life could be. The women wearing tiaras and presiding as queens over the estates. The men prancing about with guns.The main purpose of the storyline was to show an unhappy married couple in their societies trappings. It did that.

The joy of Downton Abbey came from the happy relations and conversations: Cora/Robert, Mary/Matthew; Anna/Bates, Carson/Hughes;Carson/Robert; Mary/Anna. Violet/Mary; Hughes/Patmore; Robert/Matthew. We know from historical record was not always the case.

Overall S3 was a let down. Very little of Sybil and Branson, then her death. Now Matthew's death. Hope the writers have learned from this season as not to kill off popular characters and write in silly new ones like Rose.

17 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is Anthony Strallan Dead? KiwiFruit431
Watching the first season, and... kcgt009
Filming Remembrance Day Service in Bampton Zipgoesamillion
The Earl of Grantham's dog, Isis(?). jrjones5-82-795991
Who else got chills? christoz_20
No Anna in Bampton?? tamasaurus_wrex
Discuss Christmas Special 2012 (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page