Downton Abbey Christmas special: air date and time confirmed

The Crawleys will be back on our TV screens on Christmas Day at 9:00pm on ITV - the same time as EastEnders on BBC1

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The hit ITV period drama – which is set to return for a sixth series in the new year – continues to reign supreme on Christmas Day with a prime slot in the festive schedules.

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Yes, we can confirm that Downton Abbey devotees will be treated to a two-hour episode of Violet, Mary, Edith and co, and will need to make a beeline for the sofa at 9.00pm on Christmas Day.

(Time to start planing those Christmas celebrations around it. Make sure the kids are in bed, your other half is on washing up duty and your in-laws have been politely let out the front door before those opening credits start to roll…) 

Downton Abbey is being pitted against long-running BBC1 soap EastEnders for the second year in a row. 

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