Downton Abbey is of course airing a feature length episode of the hit period drama on Christmas Day, and ahead of it, we have a bunch of new images for you – which you can see after the jump – and an interview with Laura Carmichael, who of course plays Lady Edith.
But first, the big news is that judging by the images that ITV have released from the festive episode, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) who’s pictured above, seems to be sporting a little baby bump! Does her bump look like a little Crawley in the making?! Fingers crossed they don’t Christen the baby with the first name of Creepy.
However, despite that good news on the storyline front, I’m a bit disappointed that the Christmas special is in fact set in summer! Are you?
I loved the last festive episode where we got to see Christmas at the big house, and how the servants celebrated the yuletide season, so yes, a tad frustrated that it won’t be another Christmassy show…
However, as mentioned, it’s still an installment of Downton goodness, so let’s crack on with what Laura has been telling TV&Satellite Week magazine about what we can expect from the festive treat.
She began by saying that she loves how the nation have taken Downton to their hearts, and that a Christmas episode is fast becoming tradition.
She said, “I watched last year’s episode with my family. There is something about it being on Christmas Day. It is a weird privilege to be seen in everyone’s homes.”
And of what’s coming up for the Grantham family in this year’s Christmas special, Laura said, “All the family go to Duneagle Castle in Scotland, where naughty cousin Rose [Lily James] lives with her straitlaced, quarrelling parents Shrimpie [Peter Egan] and Susan [Phoebe Nicholls].
“Rose is relieved to have some young company and we see what has made her a tearaway.”
And when asked, “How does Duneagle differ from Downton?” Laura said, “Writer Julian Fellowes is really interested in how everyone adjusted to life after the war.
“So for Robert [Hugh Bonneville], this trip is a reminder of a pre-war life and how things should be done, with big dinners, guns and tiaras for married ladies.
“At Downton, Robert has been forced to modernise, which he finds difficult.”
She added, “As ever with Downton, it is shot at a spectacular location near Loch Fyne and Inverary Castle.
“It is going to be a real feast for the eyes because it felt like a celebration and was very special to film.”
Next, Laura was asked if we’re to see any developments in the blossoming romance between her character and newspaper editor Gregson (Charles Edwards). Fans will recall that in the last series, we learned he was married but that his wife is in an asylum.
Laura explained, “Well, by happy coincidence, Gregson is also in Scotland and he pays a visit to the castle and meets the family. Edith is keen to see him.
“You can see from how we left off that there is something between them.”
She added, “Sir Anthony [Robert Bathurst] seemed like her last chance, and that ended spectacularly badly when she was jilted, so Gregson was a surprise.
“He is from a different world, but they find each other exciting.
“After Edith was jilted, everyone wanted to know if she would find happiness, and of course only Julian knows the answer.”
Finally, when asked, “Have you enjoyed how Edith has progressed this series?” Laura said, “I love playing her, even at her worst, but it is nice seeing a softer side.
“It has been fun playing someone who pins all their hopes on something and then showing how she copes when those hopes are dashed.
“It’s been great showing her as a modern girl and writer, too. It is a sign of the times how there were glimmers of opportunities for some women, and I’m glad Julian has taken her in that direction.”
Downton Abbey’s Christmas special airs at 9pm on ITV1 on Christmas Day, but first, here are those pictures from the episode followed by ITV’s Christmas trailer…