NEW YORK -- PBS is setting the table for the Downton Abbey feast ahead with a preview special planned for broadcast in December.
PBS's Masterpiece says Return to Downton Abbey will air Dec. 1 with what is billed as "a tantalizing taste" of the upcoming season, which begins Jan. 5.
It also will look back at the series' past three seasons.
Susan Sarandon serves as host for the special, a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, clips of favourite moments, and interviews with cast members. Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter and Shirley MacLaine are among the stars who will appear in the special.
Downton Abbey, the wildly popular drama about British class and culture a century ago, will move into the Roaring '20s in the new season.
-- The Associated Press