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Though the Downton Abbey series 4 finale just aired this past Sunday, we still have six weeks to go until the Christmas Special. To hold us over, ITV has released a special first look.

Below is the first photo from the Downton Abbey series 4 Christmas Special airing Wednesday, 25 December on ITV. In it we see numerous leads in addition to Paul Giamatti’s new character Harold who is brother to Cora.

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Downton Abbey 2013 Christmas Special

Details about the episode are still scarce since we’re so far away, but we do know that it will be two hours in length (with commercials).

After the series 4 finale finished airing on Sunday, ITV announced that the show was commissioned for a fifth season which will begin shooting early next year for a premiere in the fall. Said the show’s executive producer about the announcement, “Audiences have enjoyed their regular Sunday evening visits back to Downton once again this autumn and we are thrilled to produce a new series of the show next year. 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.”

  • Marie Squyres

    I like that Martha, Violet and EDITH are the females sitting down in chairs. (One of these things is not like the others.)

    • Tessa

      Oh well spotted, I wonder….

    • lankapal

      Is that a hint to Edith keeping the baby?

  • Catherine Lai

    Perfect for a desktop background.

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