With Christmas Day a mere 27 days away, it seems some spoilers for the upcoming festive edition of Downton Abbey, along with news of the show's immediate future has come to light.
First of all the Christmas special will not actually be set during Christmas. In fact, the episode is set within September as the upstairs lot (minus Branson and baby) head to Scotland to visit Rose's mother as it's seemingly something they do every year at this time. I have to admit, it's a bit of a disappointment that the Christmas special isn't set during Christmas but while the upstairs lot are gone from the house, the downstairs bunch decide to have some fun while a new maid played by Myanna Burning joins the ranks and there's rumours that even Mrs Patmore gets a love interest in this year's special.
Elsewhere, in news guaranteed to shock just about no-one, the show has been renewed for a fourth series of eight episodes along with a 2013 Christmas special. However, it's also been confirmed that Dan Stevens, who plays Matthew Crawley will be leaving in the opening episode of the fourth series. I have to admit that while I'm sure Matthew's departure will leave some kind of void in the show, I'm not actually that upset by him leaving to be honest. Does that make me a bad person?
Series 4 Confirmation: http://www.digitalspy.ie/tv/s183/downton-abbey/news/a440544/downton-abbey-fourth-series-2013-christmas-special-confirmed-by-itv.html
Cast Departure: http://www.digitalspy.ie/tv/s183/downton-abbey/news/a440544/downton-abbey-fourth-series-2013-christmas-special-confirmed-by-itv.html
Downton Abbey's Christmas special will air on ITV1, Christmas Day at 8.45pm.