While fans in the United States will have to wait till January 2013 to see season three of the Emmy nominated hit Masterpiece Classic soap series, Downton Abbey, the U.K. will get to see it next week premiering September 16th on ITV!
In this just released season three preview trailer, the lives of your favorite characters are about to take on more twists and turns including: the arrival of Martha Levinson played by Shirley MacLaine, Edith and Sir Anthony Strallan’s romantic moment, and Mr. Bates in jail which is set to a choir’s rendition of Lou Reed’s tune “Perfect Day” in the trailer. Branson, the Earl and Thomas are seemingly going to go through a very hard time as they are seen shedding some tears in the promo as well!
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has promised about the new season set in the 1920′s : “This season is about the recovery from the war. The war brought a tremendous disruption to England. There are chills and spills involved in that for all the characters … some laughs and some tears.”
Watch the promo after the jump and let us know if you are excited to see the return of Downton Abbey!