Christmas at Downton 2011

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Christmas episode of the ITV costume drama. It's 1919, and preparations for a lavish Christmas party at Downton Abbey are under way. The general atmosphere, however, is tense, as Bates (Brendan Coyle)'s arrest threatens to mar proceedings. Meanwhile, Mary (Michelle Dockery) is forced to reconsider her future with Sir Richard Carlisle (Iain Glen) after an incident at the shooting party, while Cora, Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern), makes a shocking discovery.

Starring:
Jessica Brown-Findlay, Laura Carmichael
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Jessica Brown-Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Hugh Bonneville, Brendan Coyle, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Jim Carter
Director Brian Percival
Genres Drama
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 26 December 2011
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Jessica Brown-Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Hugh Bonneville, Brendan Coyle, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Jim Carter
Director Brian Percival
Genres Drama
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 26 December 2011
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

170 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Dec 2011
Format: DVD
The much anticipated Downton Abbey Special delivered the highlight of the Christmas TV viewing schedule in style. There was plenty of action with the central plot featuring Mr Bates on trial for murder at a time when convicted murderers were often hanged and the impact of this on the Downton Abbey household above and below stairs. However, there was a good measure of dramatic sub plots featuring blackmail, romance, ambition and betrayal - in fact all the things one would expect from Downton!

This is probably the best ever episode of Downton Abbey so should definitely not be missed.

The timescale here took us from the end of 1919 into the beginning of 1920 so this will be the starting point for Season 3 which should hit our screens later in 2012. Downton Abbey Series 1 attained critical acclaim and earned the series the title of the most popular costume drama since Brideshead Revisited - The Complete Collection (Digitally Remastered) [DVD] almost 30 years ago - given the number of period dramas both ITV and BBC churn out this is quite an accolade. Reviews for Series 2 were more mixed although personally I really enjoyed it, but few would have had much to complain about with this two hour special. This has hopefully set the standard for Series 3 which we now know will include Shirley MacLaine. I cannot wait to see her playing opposite Maggie Smith!
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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Jermey on 26 Dec 2011
Format: DVD
This is a fantastic episode, undoubtedly the best yet. It is bursting with cracking drama and both tense and happy moments. I was afraid as a christmas episode it may either be too sad or too sickly happy, however the balance was perfect. With superb writing and superb acting the weeks of waiting certainly paid off. With the excitement and anticipation building up to this episode, downton once again did not fail to live up to and exceed epectations. I went to sleep on christmas day with a very large grin accross my face. It's truly a must see masterpiece of television, guarranteed to leave you smiling for days and with a warm feeling of satisfaction at the perfect conclusion to a truly epic series.
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116 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Zoonie on 25 Dec 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
On Christmas Eve I said to my husband 'Only one more sleep till Downton.' He snorted, thinking I was joking. I was not.

Christmas at Downton is certain to join the annual, unmissable Christmas treats that people watch every year along with It's a Wonderful Life and The Snowman.

I spent two blissful hours this Christmas evening at the Big House, among the people I have got to know so well. There are lots of little hints sparkling all the way through about future plot lines, so it leaves us hungering after series three. Very tantalising.

How very very glad I am that I had pre-ordered the DVD. It should be here around the 28th, and I will watch it all again before the end of the holidays, then I will test my will power by putting it away and trying not to get it out before December 2012. (No promises, though!)

I will give away none of the story in case some people have not seen it yet. Well, maybe just one tiny thing? Thomas dances with the Dowager Countess.....there now, that alone makes it worth owning the DVD, don't you think?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RobertoGreenPoint on 27 Jan 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Absolutely essential viewing if you love the series.Beautifully ties up all loose ends at the conclusion of Series Two with more than a hint of what is to come in Series Three.Can't wait now for Series Three - and, hopefully, beyond.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jackie T on 16 Mar 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I am such a fan of Downton Abbey. This was a great addition to my collection of Downton Abbey DVDs and everything Highclere Castle. I recommend this DVD to anyone who has not seen it. Can't wait for Season 3. I will be ordering from the UK as we Yanks won't get it till fall.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By thegirlnextdoor on 25 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
My special treat ! I discovered this series on french TV, and couldn't wait to see the next episodes. Following the Crawley family is a real pleasure. I like the way it is funny and very dignified at the same time! It is definitely worth the money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ROB ROY on 13 Oct 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Purchased for my wife who is a great fan of the series to provide a memory jog of the different characters before the screening of the current series. I must confess that although i detest soaps I enjoyed the pace of the story and blast it I am hooked!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kay on 28 July 2012
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This series rates as one of the best that I have watched. The actors portray their characters to perfection and the details to the period, clothing, scenery etc is excellent. I would and have recommended this as well-worth watching....not only just the once but can be enjoyed on a second or third viewing...
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