12 pictures from Downton Abbey series 5

Have a sneaky peek at what to expect from the first episode of Downton's fifth season...

Brace yourselves, period drama fans. Downton Abbey is well and truly back.

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But with series five featuring shocking sexual assault, potential murder, illicit affairs, secret love children and Lady Mary’s many, many suitors, what can we expect from Downton’s fifth run? 

With just ten days to go until the Crawleys return to our telly screens, those lovely chaps over at ITV have given us a sneaky peek at the first episode. Have a glimpse of the dramas to come… 

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Downton Abbey returns to ITV on Sunday 21st September at 9:00pm