Alnwick will star in Downton Abbey swansong on Christmas Day

Hugh Bonneville, who plays the Earl of Grantham in Downton Abbey, pictured in the library at Alnwick Castle.
Hugh Bonneville, who plays the Earl of Grantham in Downton Abbey, pictured in the library at Alnwick Castle.

Alnwick is once again set to play a starring role in Christmas Day television this year as Downton Abbey returns to our screens for the last time.

After the triumphant Christmas outing for the hit ITV period drama last year, when the special episode, set at Alnwick Castle, attracted an audience of 5.8million, the Northumberland town will again take centre stage.

The imposing fortress doubled up as fictional Brancaster Castle for the festive offering in 2015 and this summer, the cast was back filming in Alnwick to conclude the story in the final episode, which will air at 8.45pm on Christmas Day. Trailers for the feature-length special hint at changes for the Crawley family and their loyal servants

Stars, including Hugh Bonneville, were spotted in the town and some of the scenes shot around the town have already been featured in series six.

The show’s executive producer Liz Trubridge told the Gazette: "Alnwick itself is a beautiful town and is a gift for filming a period drama like Downton. The streets and the stone are wonderful and it works very nicely for us. It is a lovely place to film and the people are so friendly.”

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