PBS Sets Premiere Date for Downton Abbey Season 4

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Consider yourselves duly warned, Downton Abbey fans. PBS has given you plenty of notice.

Season 4 of this British sensation will premiere in the United States on Sunday, January 5.

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And there will be plenty of changes afoot: Matthew is dead. So is Sybill. And Siobhan Finneran has exited the series as Miss O'Brien.

Look for Gary Carr to recur as the show's first African-American character, while rumors abound that Carson may retire... Thomas may get a boyfriend... and Anna and Bates may have a baby.

We've got a long way to go, American viewers, but bookmark TV Fanatic today for all your Downton Abbey Season 4 scoop!

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Downton Abbey Quotes

Robert: You'll be in a very junior seat.
Violet: Il faut reculer pour mieux sauter. (You have to step back to jump further.)

Aunt Rosamund: That was nice of you, to praise Edith's plan.
Mary: A monkey will type out the Bible if you leave it long enough.