The year is 1919 and it is Christmas time at Downton Abbey. A lavish Christmas party is to be held at the Abbey but despite being the season of goodwill, tensions are high and Bates's arrest has cast a shadow over the whole of Christmas.
The Crawleys have been the Earls of Grantham since 1772. In the drawing rooms and library and beautiful bedrooms, with their tall windows looking across the park, lives the family, but below stairs are other residents, the servants, as fiercely possessive of their ranks as anyone above.
Some of them are loyal to the family and are committed to Downton as a way of life, others are moving through, on the look out for new opportunities or love or just adventure. The difference being that they know so many of the secrets of the family, while the family knows so few of theirs...
Downton Abbey - Series 2 Christmas Special Synopsis and Schedule