BySophie Atkinson, writer at
Sophie Atkinson

Spoiler alert: if you haven't watched Season 3 of Downton Abbey yet, click away plz.

The trailer for the feverishly-anticipated fourth series of Downton Abbey has hit the Interweb. Cue screaming, swooning.

It opens, dramatically enough, on the Dowager Countess () entreating the newly widowed Lady Mary Crawley () to choose between 'life or death' following the shock death of her husband, Matthew.

The rest of the trailer is a flurry of music, smooching, dancing, crying, fighting and arguing – so it looks like we can all look forward to our usual dose of high-octane emotion when the fourth season debuts this fall. Oof. Tissues at the ready, gang - even the trailer is a bit of a tear-jerker and it's only a minute long!

The trailer also offered a look at some of the new characters making their debut, including actor , who will be playing the show's first major black role, charismatic jazz musician Jack Ross. Other Downton Abbey newbies include , who will be playing potential love interest Lord Gillingham, thesp and a onetime Eastenders star , who plays the visiting valet, Mr Green.


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