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By Becca Longmire On December 4, 2013

Downton Abbey Heads To Buckingham Palace For Christmas Special

The episode is set to air on Christmas Day

Downton Abbey fans will be happy to hear that the series' Christmas Special will be heading to Buckingham Palace, with ITV confirming that the festive episode will see the family and their servants staying at the residence in London.

The episode is set in the summer season and will focus on Rose's "coming out" and will see Shirley MacLaine reprise her role as Cora's mother Martha Levinson, who makes the journey from NYC for the special episode.

The eagerly anticipated episode was filmed in a number of locations across London and the south, with Lancaster House standing in for Buckingham Palace.

Scenes were also shot at Goldsmith's College, West Wittering beach in Sussex and Berkshire's Basildon Park.

The Christmas Special features guest stars including the likes of James Fox and will air on Christmas Day at 8.30pm on ITV.

The Downton Abbey Christmas Special is set to air on Christmas Day (WENN)

Meanwhile, we caught up with star of the show Gary Carr, who admitted that he didn't watch the show before he signed up to play jazz singer Jack Ross.

Gary sat down for a chat with EntertainmentWise ahead of the upcoming Christmas special, telling us that this will be the first festive season that he will tune in to the show.

"I will watch it," he said. "I never saw the show before I was in it. I did a quick box-set-watching marathon... I had to!"

Gary's character, Jack, attracted a lot of column inches for being the first black character to make an appearance, and the star has said that he felt his storyline has been an "education" for viewers.

"There's a lot of media attention," he mused. "It was an education for audiences. There's a lot of ignorance surrounding it."

He went on: "There were black people in the 1920s, they did exist!

"What I love about Jack is he's not a victim... He's a celebrity, he's a jazz singer. He's toured Europe!"

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