It’s the early autumn of 1924 and Rose’s father-in-law Lord Sinderby has rented Brancaster Castle in Northumberland and invited the Crawleys to a grouse-shooting party. However, the Sinderbys’ butler Stowell has an axe to grind and a scandalous secret threatens to derail the holiday. Back at Downton, the servants hold the fort and unlikely later-life romances abound, while Bates takes drastic measures to clear Anna’s name as she faces an uncertain future behind bars…
Costume drama, starring Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Lily James, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Matthew Goode, Alun Armstrong, James Faulkner, Penny Downie, Matt Barber, Sue Johnston, Jeremy Swift, Douglas Reith, Rade Sherbedgia, Jane Lapotaire, Jonathan Coy, Sebastian Dunn, Harry Hadden-Paton, Alice Patten, Michael Fox and Hannah Wood.
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After a rather disappointing 5th series, we got at last a Christmassy episode with sparkles and warm moments that will lead to a much better series next year… Even if the Bates situation is unresolved, we hope for a happy ending, we should get a downstairs wedding after the moving Carson’s proposal to Mrs Hugues (I personally got tears in my eyes), and after the meeting of Lady Mary and the very promising Mr Talbot – played by the very handsome Matthew Goode, we can contemplate her getting at last the Mr Right she deserves.