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.

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.

Associated Press