Summary: Numerous plot lines are followed and progressed as the family and servants celebrate Christmas in 1919. Bates' trial goes ahead with support from both up and downstairs but the verdict is not what is expected. Nigel Havers makes a brief but impressive entrance as Rosamund's penniless suitor and is finally sent packing after an unfortunate affair with Rosamund's maid. Great acting as ever and a must-see special linking series 2 and series 3.
Summary: ... especially if you're going to watch any additional Downton series. If you've enjoyed series 1 and 2 up to this point, this additional extra-long episode is definitely worth watching. It does add some significant plot elements to the show, so be sure to see it before going on to Series 3.
Summary: This is not a one off, but a continuation of the running saga that is Downton, with another short story line thrown in for good measure. It was an absolute pleasure to watch. The handling of the movement through history which is reflected in the ladies clothes is very well done. I studied the history of design many years ago and to my amateur eye, they seem to have got it spot on.
Summary: The Christmas Special was everything it promised to be - fun, exciting, touching and sad at the same time. Christmas is never whole without the climaxing of family tensions, dilemmas, revelations and hopes - and all the cast in Downton Abbey delivered this present and my family and I loved it. Really enjoyable and satisfying to watch.