Gareth Neame, Managing Director of Carnival Films, the show’s makers and Executive Producer of Downton Abbey, said well-loved characters both above and below stairs will return along with the arrival of some new faces. “Viewers can look forward to more drama, comedy, love, hatred, jealousy, rivalry, ambition, despair and romance.”

The critically acclaimed drama is produced by Carnival Film & Television, a division of NBCUniversal International Television Production.