First look at “unforgettable” Downton Abbey Christmas special – plus new plot details from the final ever episode

Bertie Pelham will be back in the Christmas episode as will Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge as the Crawleys celebrate "an unforgettable New Year's Eve"

Downton Abbey fans are getting one special Christmas present this year. The Crawleys are set to say their final farewells during a feature-length special, which will air on Christmas Day – and it looks set to be a dramatic send off for our favourite aristocrats and their staff. 


Lady Edith fans will be pleased to hear her romance with Bertie Pelham is far from consigned to history. He’ll be back in the festive episode, alongside his mother, who (we rightly predicted) will be played by guest Patricia Hodge.

In fact, part of the episode was filmed at Alnwick Castle, which doubles as Bertie’s new home Brancaster, so it’s fair to assume this storyline will be a big part of the drama. Our collective fingers are crossed for a happy ending for ‘Poor Edith’.

Lady Rose and her new husband Atticus Aldridge will also return for the final ever episode, as will her father Shrimpie (Peter Egan.) No word yet on whether Mary’s pregnancy prediction is right, but Rose can be seen surreptitiously holding a pair of gloves over her midriff so she could be on to something there… 


When it comes to the rest of the plot lines, we can reveal that Lady Mary is “endeavouring to build bridges with her sister”, while the truth about Marigold “continues to pose a threat” to Edith. 

Henry is settling into married life at Downton and his new role as George’s stepfather, but “finding his place at Downton proves more difficult.” While, downstairs, “Carson faces some personal challenges, which prove that even he is not invulnerable to change.” 

The episode, which will be set “as the family and servants prepare to welcome 1926, promises “love and loss, happiness and heartbreak” as well as an “unforgettable New Year’s Eve.”

We can’t wait… 


Downton Abbey returns to ITV for a Christmas special later this year