Downton Abbey Series 5 Special - Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) and Master George Crawley (Zac /Oliver Barker) ©2014 Carnival, photo by Nick Briggs
Downton Abbey Series 5 Special – Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery), Master George Crawley (Zac /Oliver Barker) and Miss Sybbie Branson (Fifi Hart) ©2014 Carnival, photo by Nick Briggs

In the Downton Abbey Series 5 Special, to be shown at Christmas in the UK (Spring 2015 USA), we rejoin the family in the early autumn of 1924. Check out the lowdown and pictures below.

[dropcap type=”0″]J[/dropcap]OINING the cast in this two hour extravaganzas is Alun Armstrong who is know for his roles in New Tricks, Braveheart and Sleepy Hollow. Here he plays Stowell, Butler to Lady Rose’s new in-laws, the Sinderbys’.

Also in this Christmas Special is BAFTA Award nominee, Jane Lapotaire (BBC’s Blind Justice [1988 tv]) who will play the much talked about Princess Irina, wife of Prince Kuragin (Rade Sherbedgia)!

In the episode the Crawley family are invited to Brancaster Castle for a shooting party. The producers used Alnwick Castle, in Northumberland, for the location of Brancaster Castle and spent two weeks filming in the spectacular interior rooms as well as the incredible Hulne Abbey and shooting on the estate.

Check back as we will have more on this Special episode.

Downton Abbey Series 5 Special – Master George Crawley (Zac /Oliver Barker), Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) ©2014 Carnival, photo by Nick Briggs

Downton Abbey – Series 5 Special


It’s grouse season and Lord Sinderby, has rented out Brancaster Castle in Northumberland and invited the Crawley family to a shooting party.

While good sport is enjoyed, Stowell (Armstrong) has an axe to grind and a scandalous secret threatens to undermine the holiday.

Surprises are in store as the families become better acquainted with each other and some new faces arrive on the scene.

Meanwhile the servants hold the fort back at Downton. As Anna faces an uncertain future behind bars, Bates takes drastic measures in a bid to clear her name.

Baxter and Molesley are busy on a joint plan and Carson and Mrs Hughes consider a business venture.


Downton Abbey Series 5 Special – Mr Carson (Jim Carter), Thomas (Robert James-Collier), Baxter (Raquel Cassidy), Molesley (Kevin Doyle), Lady Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael), Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton), Tom Branson (Allen Leech), Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith), Robert, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), Cora, Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern), Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery), Atticus (Matt Barber), Lady Rose (Lily James), Mrs Patmore (Lesley Nicol), Daisy (Sophie McShera) and Mrs Hughes (Phyllis Logan) ©2014 Carnival, photo by Nick Briggs

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online