Downton Abbey

Season 2 Episode 9

Episode 9 (Christmas Special)

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 25, 2011 on ITV
9.5
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It is now Christmas, 1919, just a little over a year since the end of WWI. The Crawley family intend to make it a lavish affair for themselves and their guests, even though the arrest of John Bates, for the murder of his wife, Vera, causes a lot of tension in the household as everyone awaits the outcome of his trial, especially his new wife, Anna.

Problems are brewing for Violet as she is more than a little unsure of her daughter, Rosamund's new beau, who seems almost a little too good to be true and strife continues for Lady Mary and Sir Richard after yet another confrontation between the two.

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  • It just left me wanting more!

    9.5
    I don't want to spoil this episode for anyone who hasn't seen it, but I just wanted to say how fantastic this Christmas Special was. This series has been entertaining from start to finish and this special seasonal one was certainly no exception.



    Dame Maggie Smith was he usual brilliant self, in fact, the whole cast gave it their all and shone like beacons. Kudos especially to Michelle Dockery and Joanne Froggatt for such fine performances, and to the excellent Nigel Havers in his guest role as Lord Hepworth.



    There was everything from drama to comedy and all things in between and I hope that all 'Downton' fans will give it the appreciation it deserves in the ratings.



    A great performance by one and all.

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  • CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

    10
    So this was the first Christmas special at Downton and it was pretty nice with the ending that makes us happy. OK it's really cheesy and everything end well but it's a Christmas episode so it's OK!!!

Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville

Robert, Lord Grantham

Laura Carmichael

Laura Carmichael

Lady Edith Crawley

Elizabeth McGovern

Elizabeth McGovern

Cora, Countess of Grantham

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith

Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery

Lady Mary Crawley

Jim Carter

Jim Carter

Mr. Charles Carson

Nigel Havers

Nigel Havers

Lord Hepworth

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Sharon Small

Sharon Small

Marigold Shore

Guest Star

Robert Bathurst

Robert Bathurst

Sir Anthony Strallan

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Matthew: I'm sorry about the vase.
      Violet: Oh don't be, don't be. It was a wedding present from a frightful aunt. I have hated it for half a century.

    • Matthew: I deserve to be unhappy. So does Mary.
      Mrs. Crawley: Nobody your age deserves that. And if you are, and you can do something about it then don't, then the war has taught you nothing.
      Matthew: That is your opinion.
      Mrs. Crawley: Yes, it is.

    • Matthew: I thought you didn't like her for throwing me over.
      Mrs. Crawley: That was a different conversation.

    • Dowager Countess: What on earth's the matter?
      Sir Richard Carlisle: I'm leaving in the morning, Lady Grantham. I doubt we'll meet again.
      Dowager Countess: ...... Do you promise?

    • Matthew: You've lived your life and I've lived mine. And now it's time we lived them together.
      Mary: We've been on the edge of this so many times, Matthew. Please don't take me there again unless you're sure.
      Matthew: I am sure.
      Mary: And your vows to the memory of Lavinia?
      Matthew: I was wrong. I don't think she wants us
      to be sad. She was someone who never caused a moment's sorrow in her whole life.
      Mary: I agree.
      Matthew: Then will you?
      Mary: You must say it properly. I won't answer unless you kneel down and everything!
      Matthew: Lady Mary Crawley, will you do me the honour of becoming my wife?
      Mary: Yes!

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