Trailer for Downton Abbey series 4

Downton AbbeyIf you are battling a Downton Abbey addiction, and can't wait until the start of series 4 later this month, then you can get a swift fix here with the release of the latest trailer.

The fourth series is due to launch by the end of September - a start date announcement is due from ITV soon - and incorporates a Christmas special. The Carnival Films period drama for ITV has proved a ratings hit for the channel since it made its debut in September 2010, becoming the most successful UK-produced costume drama since Brideshead Revisited and garnering  gongs including two Golden Globes and multiple Primetime Emmys.

Created by Julian Fellowes, it follows the fortunes of the Crawley family and their staff, whose daily lives are played out against a backdrop of world events.

The fourth series will be sponsored by Tesco Finest, marking a first in TV sponsorship for the supermarket range. The new run also features Hollywood actor Paul Giamatti as Cora's playboy brother Harold, and the return of Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson. Other new faces in series 4 are Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Julian Ovenden, Tom Cullen, Nigel Harman and Joanna David.

The series is filmed at Ealing Studios and on location at Highclere Castle. Directors on series 4 include Catherine Morshead and David Evans. 

Further details on Downton Abbey can be found on Production Intelligence, our online database of advance and archive productions. 

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