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Christmas Special 

Two-hour Christmas special and the series finale. Mary endeavors to build bridges with her sister while Edith's secret continues to pose a threat. As Henry settles into the role of husband and stepfather, finding his place at Downton proves more difficult.

Director:

Michael Engler

Writer:

Julian Fellowes (written and created by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Bonneville ... Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Laura Carmichael ... Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter ... Charles Carson
Raquel Cassidy ... Baxter
Brendan Coyle ... John Bates
Michelle Dockery ... Lady Mary Crawley
Kevin Doyle ... Joseph Molesley
Michael Fox ... Andy
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Bates
Matthew Goode ... Henry Talbot
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Bertie Pelham
Lily James ... Lady Rose MacClare
Robert James-Collier ... Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
Allen Leech ... Tom Branson
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes
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Storyline

Aware of her secret, Bertie proposes to Edith. However, his morality-obsessed mother threatens to stand in their way, after Edith has confessed to her. Henry forsakes motor racing for a new venture with Tom. Molesley and Spratt also embark upon new careers and Barrow finds another position - with a curmudgeon - while Carson's health begins to fail. Isobel responds to some bad news from Lord Merton and Violet encourages her to thwart the plans of his greedy family. New Year's Eve 1926 sees, downstairs, romance flourishes. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christmas Special See more »

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16 : 9
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Trivia

The series went out on a high, beating EastEnders and Strictly Come Dancing to give ITV its first Christmas Day ratings number one for 15 years. The ITV drama was seen by an audience of 6.9 million viewers on Christmas night – with the viewing figure peaking at 7.4m. See more »

Goofs

Barrow says a few months have passed since the 'incident' of his suicide attempt. Yet the puppy given to Robert by his mother at the same time as the incident hasn't grown at all, he's still a puppy. Later we see him at Christmas almost a full grown dog. See more »

Quotes

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I just think it's a bit hasty.
Lady Edith Crawley: Hasty? I think I've been about as hasty as a glacier.
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Connections

Referenced in Schitt's Creek: The Barbecue (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
(uncredited)
By Handel
[Wedding processional]
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29 January 2019 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

Downton Abbey

Fellowes has successfully managed to make a soap opera melodrama, luxury rather than a necessity. This royal family and the impact it casts upon others surrounding them is the ultimate definition of royalty, in terms of that it spews each of our assumptions of the livelihood of people residing in such palace onto the screen with elegance and stature that does more than people-pleasing work. The emotions comes in plethora of it- hence arguable the titled genre melodrama- but what doesn't come in hand is the content, the writers fiddles with you with such panache that you are rumble down to be gullible enough to nod at anything offered. And this is primary the reason, why in its middle seasons, where the writing was questioned and yet loved and accepted by us effervescently.

Its primary theme that it adapts or conjures for an episode is shared by an entire cast that makes the episode balance and all the tracks, no matter how long they may carry on later, gets a definite period within that hour for you to pin down your decision. The most difficult part of the writers is to pass on information or rumors in this too-big-a-palace but with flawed three dimensional characters, it is weaved out with excellent justifying reasons leaving you in an awe of it.

Fellowes doesn't share its cast, nor a scene, nor humor, nor any anchor that would weight him down to take bold risks, he doesn't compromise on lopping off a character from the screen or adding one despite of being shared by so many, he has managed to reboot the drama until every last viewers gets that point jaggedly on mark. The series is also blessed with incredible cast like Dockery, Bonneville, Carter, Coyle and Smith that stands out among plenty other performances. Downton Abbey is, yes, cheesy, but each aspect of the series owns it, and with commitment like such comes maturity and just good storytelling.

Season 06

The final act can arguably be considered as the aftermath of all, polishing the dull mistakes and unsatisfied characters hanging on a thread, the makers have decided to keep it low on possibly every bit of drama since they have already been through a lot

The Christmas Special

The all time anticipated and the build up of an entire season, this Christmas special delivers on all sides, the drama and the loss is more sweetening in her than the love affairs and its conflicts, ending on a mature note, the makers farewells silently and smartly to these characters.


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