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Downton Abbey gets fourth season and Christmas 2013 special

Downton Abbey, Season 3

Story by Jack Foley

DOWNTON Abbey will return for a fourth season and a Christmas special in 2013.

The Julian Fellowes scripted, Emmy-winning period drama will return to ITV1 in autumn 2013 with eight new episodes as well as an extended Christmas edition.

In statements issued by ITV announcing the news, Gareth Neame, the show’s executive producer, said: “Viewers can look forward to more drama, comedy, love, hatred, jealousy, rivalry, ambition, despair and romance.”

While Laura Mackie, director of Drama at ITV, added: “We’re thrilled to welcome back a drama series that has become a much anticipated part of all our lives every autumn and achieved success around the globe.”

Crediting Fellowes and his team of “never resting on their laurels”, Mackie teased: “[They] have exciting plans for the fourth series.”

Downton Abbey will return to our screens in 2012 with its second Christmas Day special, to air at 9pm for two hours.

Teasing that episode, Mackie said it will take audiences “through a whole range of emotions”, adding: “And best have the tissues ready!”

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