While over here in America, PBS is ramping up for the début of Downton Abbey Series 5 next month, over in the UK they’re ramping up for a different sort of début. Series 5 has finished airing, and the Christmas special is still weeks off. But in between, ITV has commissioned an extra Downton tidbit to whet appetites. The program will be contributing a short “charity episode sketch” to parent channel ITV’s charity telethon, Text Santa, now in its fourth year.
Downton is gaining the reputation of bringing in guest stars whenever they ask. True to form, they’ll use this sketch to add another name to the roster, that of A list movie star George Clooney. And as part of ITV building up to the December 19th telethon yesterday, they released a clip of Clooney’s appearance in the sketch.
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