LONDON - British television channel ITV has confirmed hit drama "Downton Abbey" will return for a fourth season.

ITV said as before, the opening and closing episodes will be feature-length, and the series will continue the story of the Crawley family and their servants in the 1920s.

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The channel said an extended special episode for next Christmas is also planned.

The third season of "Down-ton Abbey" will premiere in the U.S. on PBS in January.

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