“Downton Abbey” Season 3 is just a month away from premiering in the United Kingdom and ITV, the broadcasting company in Britain behind the runaway hit drama, has released a short teaser clip of what we think is the Season 3 premiere, as the Granthams discuss the imminent arrival of Lady Cora’s mother Martha Levinson, played by Shirley MacLaine.

The caption accompanying the clip reads, “Return to Downton Abbey in 1920, as new arrivals rattle the established hierarchies of the Crawley family and their servants.”

There is also a cast photo that has been released, mirroring the cast photos from Season 1 and 2. Only this time, there are the additions of MacLaine as Martha and Branson, plus Sybil has moved from being on Lord Grantham’s right side, with the rest of her family, to the left. It’s also interesting that twilight has fallen over the estate, especially in light of the storyline we know is coming that the estate is out of money.

“Downton” returns to the U.S. airwaves Jan. 6, 2013.

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