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Downton Abbey, Season 5 Premiere is TONIGHT, January 4th

Hurrah! Tonight at 9PM EST, the Season 5 premiere of Downton Abbey will finally air in the US. We can already smell the aroma of English tea and high drama wafting this way. 

The season description from the PBS site doesn't give away any hints as to what's in store, but it does lay the groundwork for a riveting season with the stars we love and some new faces:

Downton Abbey US PremiereNew loves, new secrets, new Downton Abbey!

Downton Abbey returns for an epic fifth season of intimately interlaced stories centered on an English country estate—a deliciously entertaining formula that has made it the highest-rated drama in PBS history. Downton Abbey, Season 5, airs Sundays, January 4 - March 1, 2015 on MASTERPIECE on PBS.

Downton Abbey Season 5 features returning stars Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt, Allen Leech, Robert James-Collier, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Lily James, Brendan Coyle, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Samantha Bond, Ed Speleers, Kevin Doyle, Raquel Cassidy, David Robb, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Daisy Lewis, Douglas Reith, Jeremy Swift, and Andrew Scarborough.

This acclaimed ensemble is joined by guest stars Harriet Walter (Atonement), reprising her role as Lady Shackleton, and Peter Egan (Death at a Funeral), who returns as Lord Flintshire, together with completely new characters played by Richard E. Grant (Girls), Anna Chancellor (The Hour), and Rade Sherbedgia (24).

We've been counting down the months until Downton Abbey here on our blog for half a year! Take a walk with us through memory lane as US fans sit on the edge of their seats today in anticipation of the new season. 

Two Month Countdown: Teatime at Downton Abbey

Three Month Countdown: Throwback Thursday, Downton Abbey

Four Month Countdown: Season 5 Trailer and Coping Techniques for the Long Wait  

Five Month Countdown: Fashion and Jewelry of Downton Abbey 

Six Month Countdown: Emmy Nominations and Vanity Fair Cover

To Marry an English Lord: the Book that Inspired the Character of Cora Graham

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