Will they or won’t they?
IT’S a Christmas special, but in name only, Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes insists.
It simply wraps up season two of the hit period drama but the two hours truly is a gift. You will laugh, cringe, wince and reach for the tissues.
It’s Christmas, 1919. The war is over, but there is still a war of hearts, minds, emotion and rivalry raging beneath the genteel confines of Downton.
The Granthams are hosting a lavish Christmas party, but Bates ( Brendan Coyle) being on trial for the murder of his former wife, has cast a pall over festivities.
Meanwhile Lady Mary ( Michelle Dockery) and her dodgy fiance ´ Sir Richard ( Iain Glen) aren’t exactly love- crossed sweethearts. She’s dodging setting a date for the nuptials and he’s threatening to expose her secrets.
The return of Matthew ( Dan Stevens) makes the prospect even more remote. The romantics among us wish Matthew would stop moaning about not deserving to be happy and just sweep her up and take her away from all this.
There’s a pheasant shoot, a brawl in the library, a seance, and a cad infiltrating the party.
Now that’s a finale. DOWNTON ABBEY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, Southern Cross, tonight 8.30