ITV Sets Premiere Date For ‘Downton Abbey’ Christmas Special

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The two-hour Downton Abbey Christmas special will premiere on Christmas Day (Wednesday December 25th) at 8:30pm, it has been announced.

In the special, it’s the summer season and as part of Rose’s ‘coming out’ she is to be presented at Buckingham Palace. The family and servants are at Grantham House, their London residence, preparing for the busy social program. Not one to miss such a grand occasion, Cora’s mother, Martha Levinson makes the journey from New York with her playboy son Harold, fresh from his recent brush with the law. Both outspoken and larger-than-life, they make quite an impression amongst certain members of London’s high society, in particular with Lord Aysgarth. Isobel finds herself with an admirer while Edith is wrestling with a moral dilemma. Downstairs, Daisy gets an unexpected invitation and Carson treats the staff to a special day out. When the Crawleys are implicated in a scandal that threatens to engulf the monarchy, Robert will go to great lengths to protect the royal family, and his own. Downton Abbey is produced by Carnival Films and stars Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Samantha Bond, Laura Carmichael, Lily James, Allen Leech, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Rob James-Collier, Ed Speleers, Cara Theobold, Kevin Doyle and Raquel Cassidy.

TVWise’s UK Premiere Dates page has been updated with this new information.

  • Misty Doane

    Could you tell me if there are plans to air this in the United States? We LOVE this show! I could not stop watching all the episodes to catch up, then we sat down every time the current season aired. We have never missed an episode and would love to watch it on Christmas.