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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.


Michael Engler


Julian Fellowes (written and created by)




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


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


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Did You Know?


Right after Anna has the baby is the first and only time in the series that she calls Mr. Bates by his first name. See more »


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 »


Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [referring to the Marquess] He's painted himself into a corner.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: I know. Why can't men paint themselves out of a corner?
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Referenced in Schitt's Creek: The Barbecue (2018) See more »


Ave Maria
By Bach
[Organ music in church]
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Too Many Solutions
25 September 2020 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I'm reminded of a Shakespeare comedy, where, in the 5th Act, everyone ends up married and there is a solution to all the problems. While I enjoyed the finale, I thought that too many story lines were finished off. Life just isn't like that. There was room for some pain and there was none, except for Carson. See if you agree. Thomas finds himself in purgatory. Bates is happy. Bertie's mom turns out to be less than I thought. All in all, the whole series was marvelous and I am so glad I made it through for the second time.

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6 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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16 : 9
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