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Review: Downton Abbey Christmas Finale


This Christmas was no different to previous years where the television boasted plenty of options, however 6.9million viewers tuned in to witness the final two hours of Downton Abbey. We watched Fellowes and the team tie up an impressive number of loose ends, in the hope the viewers would receive full satisfaction with the lives chosen for our beloved characters.

Throughout the Christmas Finale, we saw Barrows leave to go to a new place of employment, and then suffocate with boredom at said place. Bates and Anna’s expected child finally made his appearance, Mary grew up and Edith got her happy ending. But it wasn’t all easy flowing happiness, Carson struggled with health issues and came to the conclusion that there was no place for him at Downton, however Lord Grantham found a solution. We witnessed Isobel Crawley stand up for herself as she came to Lord Merton’s rescue after both had been backed unpleasantly into corners by his son and daughter-in-law.

A number of romances downstairs were sparked off, first with the adorable Daisy and Andy, and then following with Mr Mason and Mrs. Patmore, even offering hints that Mr Moseley and Miss. Baxter would flourish also. Upstairs, it was suggested that Tom might be going sweet on the lovely Miss Edmunds who works with Edith, and even caught Edith’s bouquet.

The finale of Downton was oozing with delights regarding acting and directing, although in my opinion there were a few too many stereotypical catchphrases. Edith has come under a lot of criticism in the past for her acting style, but I felt that she really held her own in this finale. The cinematography worked beautifully as Downton always does in such wonderful surroundings.

The costumes were nothing short of stunning, and the image of the Christmas tree in Downton’s hallway was magical. However the star of the show was Edith’s wedding dress; whoever designed that cracker is a talent and a half. Not only did they create an authentic looking dress fit for the wedding of a Marquis and Marchioness, but created one that women today would love to wear. Downton Abbey on the whole is a wonderful production, but after so many emotional moments within the whole series there was only one way to create a finale. And boy was this it. I struggled to hold back the tears throughout the show but did, until the cast burst into Auld Lang Syne, where my ducts overflowed with emotion. Bravo to all involved! Catch up now on ITV player!

Written by Nikica Markot

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