Summer time – great for sun and sport, terrible for drama. So while we'll obviously miss the scorching rays and balmy evenings of July and August, the golden leaves and frosty mornings of September and October bring with them truckloads of excellent telly. Hurrah! 

And to get us in the mood, ITV have released a delightful preview of all their most prized wares set to hit our screens in the coming months. We're talking the return of Downton Abbey, Cilla starring Sheridan Smith, series four of Scott & Bailey, Andrew Buchan in The Great Fire and new crime drama Grantchester. 

Also coming to a screen near you this autumn are The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (with Paddy Considine), Chasing Shadows (starring Reece Shearsmith and Alex Kingston) and the return of Lewis.

The footage also shows a first glimpse of new Downton Abbey cast members Richard E. Grant and Anna Chancellor who already look firmly embroiled in the dramas of the Grantham household. 

For a look at all things drama on ITV, take a look below...