SPOILERS: What Will Happen During Downton Abbey's Season 4 Christmas Special?

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ITV, the channel that airs Downton Abbey in the U.K., recently released the details about this year’s Christmas special.  If you haven’t watched Season 4 yet and don’t want to know what happens in the episode, read no further. SPOILERS ahead! 

The Crawleys are heading to London for Cousin Rose’s (Lily James) debut. Rose will be presented at court. A scandal will also erupt that could destroy both the family and the monarchy. Robert (Hugh Bonneville) will have to act to try and save the day.



The Christmas special won’t actually take place during Christmas-time this year.  Instead viewers will be treated to seeing London in spring, the impressive Crawley residence in the city, Grantham House, and all of the gorgeous parties and frocks. 



Edith (Laura Carmichael), meanwhile, will still be dealing with what to do about her baby. Downstairs, the murder Bates (Brendan Coyle) may or may not have committed in Anna’s (Joanne Froggatt) honor will continue to hang over their heads. 



Shirley MacLaine will return as Cora’s (Elizabeth McGovern) mother. Paul Giamatti will make his first appearance as Cora’s brother, Harold. Harold will come to England following a scandal of his own in America. 



The special will air in the U.K. on Christmas day. Season 4 of Downton Abby premieres Jan. 5 on PBS. 



Photo credit: ITV/PBS