What to expect from Downton Abbey Season Six

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The sixth and final season of Downton Abbey will start tomorrow night with an episode full of intrigue and lots of talk of a certain upcoming wedding.

The 90-minute episode will be be set against the uncertainty of the estate's future in the context of 1925.

Robert, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), can feel an era coming to an end, as the old aristocratic way of life disappears.

He starts to consider how the estate can adapt to survive which gains a new urgency when his friend, Sir John Darnley, is forced to sell his estate Mallerton.

There is uncertainty too for Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt) and Mr Bates (Brendan Coyle) who have yet to find out if they will be cleared of involvement in Mr Green's murder.

But it's not all doom and gloom with Mrs Hughes (Phyllis Logan) and Mr Carson (Jim Carter) working out the terms of their upcoming marriage.

Of particular concern is whether their marriage will be a "full" marriage in the bedroom department and they've decided instead of talking about it together, to use a rather embarrassed Mrs Patmore as chief negotiator.

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The final season will not only be an emotional one for the characters but also for the cast.

Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, said: "When we started this, it was ours and it was so special.

"That first series was just the most amazing thing, and we never would have imagined that all of these people in 250 territories would fall in love with the show."

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Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith, explained: "It feels a little bit like we're coming out of school, like we're graduating and we've had the best teachers in the business."

Not to be outdone, a pithy Dame Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess, added: "I'm honestly just surprised that I got through it and I'm still here."

Series six of Downton Abbey begins on ITV tomorrow night at 9pm.