Watch This! Seasons greetings from ‘Downton Abbey’

The 'Downton Abbey' annual Christmas video fundraiser. Don't forget to Text Santa.

In their annual charity Christmas video, the cast of Downton Abbey and a few select friends (among them Sir Bruce Forsyth, Gordon Ramsay, Gok Wan, Brenda Blethyn as Vera, Jim Broadbent, Michelle Keegan, and Warwick Davis) have fun with the Christmas season.

ITV’s annual charity appeal Text Santa is back. This year a host of stars are doing “their bit in a Christmas Knit’ in support of Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day, a three-hour star-studded TV spectacular on ITV.

Our all-star cast of presenters Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Amanda Holden, Paddy McGuinness, Alesha Dixon, Stephen Mulhern, Christine Bleakley, Olly Murs & Caroline Flack will take you through this unmissable night of fundraising with one message – put on a Christmas Jumper, join in the fun and donate to Text Santa!

This year’s highlights will include a visit to Coronation Street with a Text Santa twist, Ninja Warrior gets the star treatment when a line up of celebrities take on The Wall plus Lord Grantham has a tough decision to make in our Downton Abbey special. Plus live music, surprises, special guests and so much more.

Throughout the evening, the amazing work of the three charities supported by TEXT SANTA will be highlighted with moving films fronted by well-known faces. This year’s charities are Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish® UK and Save the Children.

Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.

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