Christmas Special 2012

Series 3 - Episode 9 Christmas Special 2012



After the hardships of Call the Midwife on the other side, you deserve a sherry delivered on a silver platter by a liveried factotum as you prepare for a two-hour Downton Abbey.

It’s summer and the Crawleys decamp to the Highlands. It’s not a permanent move; the family are house guests of naughty Rose’s parents. But we’re not completely deprived of Downton itself – the servants left behind are much exercised by preparations for the country fair.


Robert and his family make their annual summer visit to his Scottish cousins at Duneagle Castle, leaving most of their servants at home. Edith discovers newspaper editor Michael Gregson is also on holiday in the area and may not be there just for the sketching and fishing, while personal servant O'Brien finds a kindred spirit below stairs in the form of her opposite number. Meanwhile, at Downton, Carson faces the task of keeping the staff focused on their work polishing the silverware and cleaning, but with the Granthams hundreds of miles away, minds begin to wander to other things, including the forthcoming Thirsk Country Fair.

Cast & Crew

Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham Maggie Smith
Robert, Earl of Grantham Hugh Bonneville
Lady Edith Crawley Laura Carmichael
Mr Carson Jim Carter
John Bates Brendan Coyle
Lady Mary Crawley Michelle Dockery
Molesley Kevin Doyle
O'Brien Siobhan Finneran
Anna Joanne Froggatt
Thomas Rob James-Collier
Tom Branson Allen Leech
Mrs Hughes Phyllis Logan
Cora, Countess of Grantham Elizabeth McGovern
Daisy Sophie McShera
Alfred Matt Milne
Mrs Patmore Lesley Nicol
Jimmy Ed Speleers
Matthew Crawley Dan Stevens
Isobel Crawley Penelope Wilton
Nield Kenneth Bryans
Edna MyAnna Buring
Mr McCree Ron Donachie
Gregson Charles Edwards
Shrimpie Flintshire Peter Egan
Jos Tufton John Henshaw
Lady Rose MacClare Lily James
Wilkins Simone Lahbib
Susan Flintshire Phoebe Nicholls
Dr Clarkson David Robb
Ivy Cara Theobold
Tug-of-war judge Shaun Hennessy
Stall keeper William Travis
Thug Stuart Ward
Director Andy Goddard
Executive Producer Gareth Neame
Executive Producer Julian Fellowes
Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton
Producer Liz Trubridge
Writer Julian Fellowes
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