The ladies, countesses, lords, maids, and butlers of Downton Abbey are back, with more kissing, tea sipping, and longing stares than ever! The fourth season of the buzzy British show premieres Jan. 5, and the first full trailer shows a lot of the action we'll get to see. Pictures of season four introduced us to new characters (including some fine-looking gentlemen!), but now we get to see them in action. Good news: they're even finer in motion. I'm still hoping for some footage of Lady Mary's newborn and perhaps a peek at Paul Giamatti's guest role, but this should tide us over for a while.


I love the ultimatum that opens the trailer: Lady Mary has outlived Matthew (RIP), but now it's up to her to end her grieving and choose life over death. If the teaser is any indication, this season will be more uplifting than the last — hopefully we won't lose any more main characters! Check out the trailer and let us know if you're counting the days until you can return to the estate, after the jump.

Source: PBS