Details of the highly-anticipated, two-hour Downton Abbey Christmas special have been released.
The Crawley family has been invited to a shooting party but a scandalous secret threatens to undermine the holiday.
And as Anna faces an uncertain future behind bars, Bates takes drastic measures in a bid to clear her name.
Regular stars including Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville will feature along with some new special guests including Alun Armstrong as Stowell, the Sinderbys' butler, and Jane Lapotaire as the much-talked about Princess Irina, wife of Prince Kuragin (Rade Sherbedgia).
Making a return to Downton Abbey are James Faulkner and Penny Downie as Lord and Lady Sinderby, along with their son and Lady Rose’s husband Matt Barber as Atticus Aldridge.
Rade Sherbedgia will also reprise his role as Prince Kuragin and Michael Fox will play footman Andy.
The episode rejoins the family in the early autumn of 1924. It's grouse shooting season and Rose’s father-in-law, Lord Sinderby, has rented out Brancaster Castle in Northumberland and invited the Crawley family to a shooting party.
While good sport is enjoyed, Stowell 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.
Alnwick Castle, in Northumberland, was used as the location for Brancaster Castle. Production spent two weeks in Northumberland and filmed in the spectacular interior rooms as well as the incredible Hulne Abbey.
The two-hour long ‘Downton Abbey Christmas Episode’ will air this St. Stephen’s Day (26th December) on TV3.