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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.


Michael Engler


Julian Fellowes (written and created by)




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


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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Release Date:

6 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


This final episode ends on New Year's Day 1926. See more »


Barrow says a few months have passed since the 'incident' of his suicide attempt. Yet the puppy given to Robert by his mother at the same time as the incident hasn't grown at all, he's still a puppy. Later we see him at Christmas almost a full grown dog. See more »


[Larry and Amelia Grey have tried to prevent Isobel from seeing Lord Merton, but she and Violet push past them; Lord Merton sees them]
Lord Merton: [to Isobel] Why have you stayed away?
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: She didn't stay away. She was denied entry.
Lord Merton: What! Is this true?
Amelia Grey: Of course not.
Isobel Crawley: Right. Here's what we'll do. We'll go up now and speak to your valet. He can take everything you need to my house this evening.
Larry Grey: [patronisingly] Father, this is all unnecessary and unpleasant. Might I suggest...
Isobel Crawley: No! I've let you steer us long enough. ...
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Referenced in Schitt's Creek: The Barbecue (2018) See more »


Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
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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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