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'Downton Abbey' Releases Longer Season 3 Trailer Ahead of British Premiere (Video)

The Emmy-nominee drops new footage -- against a choir covering Lou Reed -- of Shirley MacLaine, the servants and what looks to be a discarded wedding veil.

Downton Abbey Trailer - H 2012

British viewers won't have to wait much longer for the return of popular export Downton Abbey.

The series, entering its third season, returns to ITV1 on Sept. 16 at 9 p.m., the network announced Wednesday. (It arrives, stateside, on PBS in January 2013.)

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Accompanying that news is a fresh trailer with the most new footage the show has leaked yet. It also sets an appropriately melodramatic tone, subbing the usual orchestral score for a choir covering Lou Reed's "Perfect Day."

Aside from the obligatory clips of incoming cast member Shirley MacLaine and snark from the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith), there's a lot of more from the servants of Downton, including Thomas (Rob James-Collier) eying the new footman and Bates (Brendan Coyle) looking remarkably happy for being in jail.

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Less promising is the ominous shot of a discarded veil wafting away from a mystery bride. This is likely bad news for either Mary (Michelle Dockery) or Edith (Laura Carmichael).

Watch the full clip below: