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Downton Abbey series 4 continues to film in England, and the latest photos depict a pleasant looking outdoor party.

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In this scene from the highly-anticipated fourth outing of Downton Abbey, Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith) and Lady Mary Crawley are entertaining guests outside of Downton’s coveted grounds. Many of your other favorite Downton Abbey characters can be seen through the gallery of photos below:

It’s nice to see Smith in particular busy with filming. In recent years, fans have grown concerned with her involvement with the show as the legendary actress ages (but continues to put on fantastic performances). The leading lady is all smiles as she works with her fellow cast and crew.

Downton Abbey’s series 4 will premiere January 5, 2014 on PBS in the United States. Can’t wait that long? In the United Kingdom on ITV, the premiere date will be sooner but an exact date has yet to be unveiled.

Very few photos from the set of Downton have leaked. When filming commenced earlier this year, we saw the cast filming a funeral scene for Matthew Crawley, who died during the Downton Abbey series 3 finale.

We’ve seen one official still from series 4 so far. It depicts Lady Mary with her newborn.

Thanks to Just Jared for the photos.

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