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Sure, sure Downton Abbey’s fourth season just premiered in the U.S. on January 5, but that isn’t keeping us from planning ahead. Since Julian Fellowes only pens us eight weeks’ worth of upstairs/downstairs drama at a go, we need to know when to expect our next fix.

In the beginning, the only confirmed information available was that there will be a Season 5 and, even more exciting, it started filming in February! That meant even before the series wrapped in the States, the old gang got back together for their latest round of upper-crust controversy.

As the past four seasons have proven, Downton Abbey is nothing if not reliable in the matter of air dates. For the last four series, the show premiered in the United Kingdom at the end of September and ran until early November. Then comes the annual Christmas special on December 25 followed by the U.S. premiere as soon as the new year arrives.

All that in mind, we’d bet the family jewels (if we had any) that Downton Abbey Season 5 will hit U.K. airwaves on a Sunday in late September. Unfortunately, American viewers will still have to wait until January 2015 for their installment of the drama, says PBS Chief Paula Kerger. Just like the Dowager Countess, PBS is a stickler for tradition, which means Season 5 will air Sunday, January 4. Start planning your watch party now!

Source: Deadline 

Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!