Downton Abbey 2011 Christmas Special Details Roundup – SPOILERS!!!

We’re still quite a few days from the Downton Abbey Christmas Special but we thought we’d roundup everything we know about it for those that are interested.

If you have haven’t seen Series 2 of Downton Abbey (those in the USA will have to wait) will want to avoid reading this.

First off ITV has announced when the Christmas special will air on Christmas Day at 9:00pm and will air for 90 minutes (with commercials). We believe the Christmas special will be packaged with the US airing as just another episode so American audiences will see it at the end of season two airing on PBS.

ITV has also released some plot details:

Christmas episode of the acclaimed period drama series starring Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern. It is Christmas 1919, and Downton Abbey is hosting a lavish Christmas party, yet despite it being the season of goodwill, tensions are rife and the arrest of Bates (Brendan Coyle, pictured centre) has cast a shadow over the festivities. Will he be a condemned man or will he be found innocent in time to dance with his new wife at the annual servants’ ball? Mary (Michelle Dockery) has to consider her future with Sir Richard Carlisle (Iain Glen) following a contretemps at the shooting party and Violet (Smith) has concerns about Rosamund (Samantha Bond), whose new suitor – the dashing but raffish Lord Hepworth (Nigel Havers) – is not all he seems. Since the very first episode pulled in an audience of over nine million in September 2010, Downton Abbey has rapidly established itself as a broadcasting phenomenon. It is the most successful British costume drama since Brideshead Revisited in 1981 and has won numerous awards, including a Bafta for director Brian Percival and a Broadcasting Press Guild Award for writer and creator Julian Fellowes.

Sounds like  a wonderful special! We can’t wait!

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