Details about the Christmas edition are limited, but there are rumours of a romance for Mrs Patmore, there is a tug of war (a step-up from a cricket match) and Bates (hurrah!) is still learning to deal with life outside of prison.
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Dan Stevens reportedly planning to leave the show, could the first seeds of his exit storyline be written into the Xmas special?
The episode will also feature the first appearance of Peter Egan as Shrimpie Flintshire and Twilight star MyAnna Buring as a new maid.
Downton Abbey's Christmas special airs on Christmas Day at 8.45pm on ITV1.