Downton Abbey serves up a Christmas cracker

There are more twists and turns in an episode of Downton Abbey than in some celebrities' love lives.

And ITV are hoping that their two-hour special of the period drama will keep viewers hooked on Christmas Day. So the broadcaster has released these stills to whet their appetites.

Avid followers of the goings on at the Earl of Grantham's stately pile will find out the fate of his valet, Bates. The trusty servant is accused of murdering his estranged wife.

They will also learn if the love triangle between Lady Mary and her two suitors, Matthew Crawley and Sir Richard Carlisle, is resolved.

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