9:16 pm - 11/22/2012

Downton Abbey Christmas special 2012 plot details revealed

The Crawleys go off on their holidays! The servants are left to fend for themselves! And there's scandal, intrigue and romance in store!

Forget the upstairs/downstairs divide, this year’s Downton Abbey Christmas special will see the Crawleys and their servants living in different countries.

Lord Grantham and his family are heading north to the Scottish Highlands to join the Dowager Countess’s great niece Lady Rose and her parents at Duneagle Castle.

Initally, a warm welcome awaits, but the tensions between the family and their hosts soon become clear.

We’re promised “salacious scandals, clandestine courtships and heartbreaks of seasons past” will all come to a head during the feature-length episode.

And while it may well snow (it is Scotland, after all) don’t expect Christmas decorations or another stilted present-giving as the seasonal special is, in fact, set in September.

But what of those left back at Downton? What do servants do when there's no-one to serve? Will Lord Grantham return to find they’ve had a massive party and smashed up the Abbey? Carson is of course determined to prevent this, but with the excitement of the approaching country fair, it's possible some of the staff could be tempted to push their luck.

Speaking of luck, we hear a rumour that romance could be in the air for chirpy cook Mrs Patmore. And as far as we're concerned, that's better than any Christmas present.


I hope all the servants get drunk and trash the place.

skeet_skeet 22nd-Nov-2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
Robert dying in a freak hunting accident is my dream au for the 2012 CS.
kurtvonnegut 22nd-Nov-2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
why does it need to be a freak accident bb, murder that flop off.

or better yet in true julian fellowes fashion, someone murders him and everyone thinks it was an accident and it never comes up again.
skeet_skeet 22nd-Nov-2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
A flop deserves to be shot by a flop hunter, then dying because a flop doctor, didn't give him proper treatment.

bodyline 22nd-Nov-2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
Bates should do it.
celtic_thistle 22nd-Nov-2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
Two birds with one stone tbh
joaniemaloney 23rd-Nov-2012 12:32 am (UTC)
omg best.
I'll even let him get away with it this time.
ladysherlock 22nd-Nov-2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
Gosford Park sequel
bardotlashes 23rd-Nov-2012 01:26 am (UTC)
I think of Julian Fellowes style more as "something sort of interesting happens, but then the plotline continues for 2 seasons too long until no one cares and actively hates the character involved"---aka, let the Ethel and Bates storylines DIE ALREADY PLEASE
freeze_i_say 23rd-Nov-2012 12:49 am (UTC)
Dr Spaceman Clarkson declaring Flopbert "in rude health" is my dream plotline rn
aphrodite5239 23rd-Nov-2012 06:58 am (UTC)
Isis kills Robert in a shocking plot twist!
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