Get ready to return to your favorite aristocratic home. The Downton Abbey series 4 air date was announced today by ITV.

Downton Abbey series 4 will premiere on Sunday, September 22, 2013 on ITV in the United Kingdom.

UPDATE: Watch the minute-long Downton Abbey series 4 trailer!

The announcement was made via a countdown on the official Downton Abbey Twitter account, who proclaimed there are 22 days left until “Downton Day.”

'Downton Abbey' series 4 countdown

Related: Michelle Dockery says there’s life after Matthew for Lady Mary.

Later today the first Downton Abbey series 4 trailer will debut. A teaser released earlier this week includes a word of wisdom from Maggie Smith’s character.

Even though the Brits are only weeks away from watching new episodes, those in America will have to wait until January for the show’s highly-anticipated return. PBS will begin airing season 4 on January 5, 2014.

The new episodes of Downton Abbey will pick up with the characters grieving the loss of Matthew who surprisingly died at the end of series 3 last year. The first official photo from the new season depicted Lady Mary in all-black (presumably dressed for Matthew’s funeral) as she held their newborn child.

Viewers were shocked that such a tragic event would occur on the Christmas Special, given many viewers were watching on the happy holiday last year. Let’s hope that season 4’s Christmas Special ends on a happier note and doesn’t spoil one’s holiday.

Hypable will offer full coverage of Downton Abbey series 4 throughout its run starting with the trailer later today. Stay tuned!

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