Exciting news for fans of drama, romance and British people: Downton Abbey has been renewed for a fourth season!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the U.K. TV network operator ITV announced Friday that they are saying “Cheerio!” to a new season of the highly-acclaimed hit.
Luckily, this news does not comes as too much of a shock. The beloved period drama just wrapped up their highest rated season early this month on ITV1. Worried you missed it? Don’t be! It only aired across the pond.
Downton Abbey executive producer Gareth Neame said, “Viewers can look forward to more drama, comedy, love, hatred, jealousy, rivalry, ambition, despair and romance” when the series returns next year. Production for the fourth season—which will feature eight episodes and a Christmas special—will begin February, 2013.
The highly-anticipated third season of Downton Abbey premieres in the U.S. on January 6 on PBS.
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