Christ­mas at Downton

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If it’s mid-Jan­uary in New Zealand, it must be time for the Downton Abbey Christ­mas Spe­cial (Sun­day, 8.35pm, Prime), which aired in Bri­tain on Christ­mas Day. But don’t be fooled by the sea­son: The show is set in Septem­ber 1921.

The main plot con­cerns a visit by Lord and Lady Gran­tham to a grand house in the Scot­tish High­lands. Mean­while, most of the rest of the cast stays be­hind at Downton, ‘‘thus pro­vid­ing a dou­ble help­ing of lav­ish coun­try es­tate pho­tog­ra­phy for peo­ple who like that kind of thing,’’ ac­cord­ing to The Observer tele­vi­sion critic An­drew An­thony.

More im­por­tantly, there’s a sig­nif­i­cant death. Fear not, there are no spoil­ers in this story. Suf­fice it to say that fans shouldn’t search the in­ter­net too closely if they want to be shocked and dis­mayed.

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