DOWNTON ABBEY, The U.K. Says Goodbye, We Say Hello


The holiday season marks an end and a beginning for Downton Abbey.

In Great Britain, the beloved series is coming to a close with the final episode airing on Christmas Day.

Season six began there on Sept. 20th, marked by this tearjerker of a preview:

To jolly-up viewers, the show offered a holiday spoof created as a fundraiser for the U.K. charity Text Santa:

(Last year’s effort featured George Clooney, see it here).

In the U.S., all things Downton are just getting started. Season six begins on PBS Sunday, Jan. 3 at 9 p.m.

PBS offers American viewers a decidedly more upbeat preview than the U.K. version:


For those who cannot wait to find out what’s happened to the huge cast, there is plenty of coverage of Downton events to date in the London papers, such as this summary in the Daily Mail. as well as the book,  Downton Abbey – A Celebration: The Official Companion to All Six Seasons by Jessica Fellowes, (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press. 11/10/15).

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