Q: Will the "Christmas at Downton Abbey Special" being shown on ITV in the U.K. on Christmas Day make its way across the Atlantic? There was a similar show last year, too, I was told, which I don't believe graced our shores. Based on the show's immense popularity it would be a boon for PBS, and boost their ratings enormously.
A: When "Downton" airs overseas, it presents a season of telecasts and then another, chronologically sequenced episode labeled a Christmas special. In the U.S., a complete season consists of the regular episodes with the Christmas telecast as season finale.