Downton Abbey Season 4: Confirmed by ITV

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With Downton Abbey Season 3 set to premiere in the U.S. on January 6, ITV has given fans of this British drama another reason to celebrate:

The network has announced an eight-episode fourth season, replete with a 2013 Christmas special. PBS is expected to air each one in the States, as it's done throughout the beloved run of this series so far.

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“Viewers can look forward to more drama, comedy, love, hatred, jealousy, rivalry, ambition, despair and romance," on Season 4, said ITV Executive Producer Gareth Neame.

Creator Julian Fellowes and his entire team is on board for the new season, with production scheduled to commence in February.

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