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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

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

Real life Alnwick Castle is depicted as Brancaster Castle for the final episode. In an exterior shot of the castle, the Flemish flag, not the British flag, is seen flying atop the keep.

Presumably, this is a nod to the designers of Alnwick Garden, Jacques and Peter Wirtz of Wirtz International, which is based in Schoten, a city in the Flemish region of Belgium. See more »

Quotes

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [to Mrs. Crawley] You must know by now I never answer any question more incriminating than whether or not I need a rug.
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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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TV Perfection!!!
11 March 2016 | by ohlabtechguySee all my reviews

Already have watched the finale 4 times this week as PBS keeps airing all week here in the States. The show never gets boring and you notice more and more upon each reviewing.

The absolute BEST thing about this series is that it shows the best side of human nature. All of its many primary characters are likable. The scripts are wonderful and the acting is superb. There's always charming comic relief.

The ending is filled with lots of grateful, heartfelt moments and a teary eyed parting by Thomas Barrow. There are lots of happy closures, happening at break neck speed and all at once. But it's obvious that it won't be "happily ever after" since the future brings change and is unknowable. Still, Julian was trying to end on a happy note in case we never see these characters again.


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