This comes as no surprise, but it’s now official: Downton Abbey will be back for a fifth season.
Americans have yet to set their eyes on the fourth season of Downton Abbey, which is set to debut on PBS on Jan. 5, but across the pond, the season premiere scored massive numbers — 9.5 million viewers — for its UK network, ITV, back in September.
“We are thrilled to produce a new series of the show next year,” executive producer Gareth Neame said in a release. “We promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy played out by some of the most iconic characters on television. All the actors and makers of the show continue to be humbled by the extraordinary audience response and want to take the show from strength to strength next year.”
The fifth series will once again be written by Julian Fellowes and executive produced by Neame, Liz Trubridge and Fellowes.
For a peek of what’s in store in season 4, check out the latest trailer here.