Downton Abbey excitement builds in Alnwick

Scenes being shot at Alnwick Castle in August for the Downton Abbey Christmas special.
Scenes being shot at Alnwick Castle in August for the Downton Abbey Christmas special.

Excitement is building in the county town of Northumberland today ahead of the Christmas episode of Downton Abbey.

The two-hour festive episode, which was filmed in Alnwick earlier this year, is due to hit our screens at 9pm tonight on ITV.

Scenes being shot at Alnwick Castle on Thursday, for Downton Abbey, includes horses and carriages which were driven from Bowburn Park in to the castle.

Scenes being shot at Alnwick Castle on Thursday, for Downton Abbey, includes horses and carriages which were driven from Bowburn Park in to the castle.

The filming, at various locations in the town, including Alnwick Castle, caused a frenzy of speculation as Downton fans flocked to catch a glimpse of their favourite characters.

Those familiar with Alnwick will be hoping to spot the locations, as the town enjoys another high-profile showcase.

The castle was used as the setting for Brancaster Castle, which has been rented out by Lord Sinderby, Rose’s father-in-law, who invites the Crawley family to a shooting party.

Production crews and cast spent two weeks in Northumberland, filming in the spectacular rooms of the castle, as well as on Bailiffgate, the Lion Bridge, the Pastures, Hulne Abbey and shooting on the estate.

The episode rejoins the family in the early autumn of 1924, with North East actor Alun Armstrong joining the cast as a guest star in the role of Stowell, the Sinderbys’ butler.

More details here: Dowton Abbey Christmas special at Alnwick revealed