‘Downton Abbey’ Season 4 Announced

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The award-winning U.K. series Downton Abbey will be back for a fourth season, which will make fans on both sides of the Atlantic extremely happy.

While the third season is already airing in the U.K., the viewers in the United States are patiently waiting for the third season to debut on their local PBS stations starting on Sunday, January 6.

“Viewers can look forward to more drama, comedy, love, hatred, jealousy, rivalry, ambition, despair and romance (in season three of the series)”, shared Gareth Neame, Managing Director of Carnival Films, the show’s makers and Executive Producer of ‘Downton Abbey’.

A special two-hour special will air in the U.K. on Christmas Day, finding Lord and Lady Grantham and family heading for a summer break in The Highlands of Scotland, leaving most of their servants back at home.

In an effort to not spoil any of the plans for the third season, let alone this special Christmas episode, suffice it to say that a lot of things will change for the servants at Downton Abbey and the Crawley family.

It should be noted that ‘Downton Abbey’ has become a worldwide phenomenon screened in over 200 countries, averaging 11.9 million U.K. viewers thus far for season three, making ‘Downton Abbey’ one of the most popular dramas in recent memory.

Now back to the details on the planned fourth season of ‘Downton Abbey’. There will be eight new episodes that will air in the U.K. next fall as well as an extended Christmas 2013 episode, continuing the story of the Crawley family and their servants in the early 1920s. Fans of the series can anticipate season four to air, most likely, in early 2014.