The annual Christmas visit to Downton is always special, but this year’s episode may just be our favourite ever. Anna is a major focus of attention as Bates becomes increasingly desperate to free her from prison. Meanwhile, when the family visit the Sinderbys for a grouse shoot, secrets are revealed (and Alun Armstrong is on scene-stealing form as the Sinderbys’ snooty butler Stowell). As the family then gather back at the Abbey for Christmas, there are some surprises in store, and if you don’t have a lump in your throat and a silly grin on your face by the end credits, you must have a sprig of holly for a heart! It’s an absolute cracker.