oh look a picture of my friend’s photography project with me in it
The commercial broadcaster hopes to end the BBC’s dominance of Christmas viewing with a two-hour special of the period drama. To promote the episode, it has released a series of teasing still photographs that hint at the narrative shocks that lay in store.
A spokesman for ITV promised high drama in the Christmas special, during which viewers will learn the fate of Bates, the valet, who is on trial for the murder of his estranged wife.
Newcomer Lord Hepworth, played by Nigel Havers, is at the centre of a “sensational” storyline. Lady Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern) receives some surprising news. And there are more twists and turns in the relationship between Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), as her fiancé, Sir Richard Carlisle (Iain Glen), becomes an unwanted house guest.
The episode is set over Christmas and the New Year, and includes a servants’ ball in which upstairs and downstairs characters come together for a night of dancing.
Fans will also be introduced to one of Downton’s traditions: on Christmas Day, the staff are given the day off and Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) takes charge of the Christmas lunch.
TWO HOURS LONG
CARLISLE BECOMES UNWANTED
Life is made.
I seriously cannot contain my excitement for the Downton Abbey christmas special
THAT PICTURE OF MARY AND MATTHEW HUNTING
just leave me alone to die