Fans have been given a further glimpse into this spring's forthcoming big screen adaptation of Downton Abbey.

The makers of the production — which hits cinemas in September — have released a string of regal posters, featuring several of the characters set to make their return, the Daily Mail reports.

The first sees Maggie Smith as Countess Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, sat alongside Michelle Dockery, who turns her back to Violet in the role of Lady Mary Talbot.

Maggie Smith, as Countess Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, sat alongside Michelle Dockery, who turns her back to Violet in the role of Lady Mary Talbot.
Maggie Smith, as Countess Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, sat alongside Michelle Dockery, who turns her back to Violet in the role of Lady Mary Talbot.

Another portrays downstairs characters Anna and John Bates, played by Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle respectively.

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Back upstairs again, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern are back to their august selves as they pose as Robert and Cora Crawley.

They're in good company as the next poster features a stern-looking Douglas Reith as Richard Grey, Baron Merton, and returning actress Penelope Wilton as Isobel Grey, Baroness Merton.

Loyal servant Charles Carson is back, played by Jim Carter, while Phyllis Logan appears as Elsie Hughes.

Anna and John Bates, played by Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle.
Anna and John Bates, played by Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle.
Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern are back to their august selves as they pose as Robert and Cora Crawley.
Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern are back to their august selves as they pose as Robert and Cora Crawley.
A stern-looking Douglas Reith as Richard Grey, Baron Merton, and returning actress Penelope Wilton as Isobel Grey, Baroness Merton.
A stern-looking Douglas Reith as Richard Grey, Baron Merton, and returning actress Penelope Wilton as Isobel Grey, Baroness Merton.
Charles Carson is back, played by Jim Carter, while Phyllis Logan appears as Elsie Hughes.
Charles Carson is back, played by Jim Carter, while Phyllis Logan appears as Elsie Hughes.

Continuing the downstairs troupe are cooks Daisy Mason and Beryl Patmore played by Sophie McShera and Lesley Nicol.

Allen Leech appears as Tom Branson, posing with Matthew Goode as Henry Talbot, while Laura Carmichael poses as glam Edith Pelham, Marchioness of Hexham, sat with Harry Hadden-Paton as Herbert Pelham, 7th Marquess of Hexham.

Completing the downstairs staff are Kevin Doyle and Raquel Cassidy as Joseph Molesley and Phyllis Baxter, as well as butlers Michael C. Fox as Andrew Parker and Robert James Collier as Thomas Barrow.

The movie is one of this spring's most anticipated releases, with the plot still shrouded in mystery.

Daisy Mason and Beryl Patmore played by Sophie McShera and Lesley Nicol.
Daisy Mason and Beryl Patmore played by Sophie McShera and Lesley Nicol.
Allen Leech appears as Tom Branson, posing with Matthew Goode as Henry Talbot.
Allen Leech appears as Tom Branson, posing with Matthew Goode as Henry Talbot.
Laura Carmichael poses as glam Edith Pelham, Marchioness of Hexham, sat with Harry Hadden-Paton as Herbert Pelham, 7th Marquess of Hexham.
Laura Carmichael poses as glam Edith Pelham, Marchioness of Hexham, sat with Harry Hadden-Paton as Herbert Pelham, 7th Marquess of Hexham.

It is known, however, that the film is set in 1927-1929, and features a royal visit to Downton by King George V and Queen Mary, portrayed by cast newcomers Simon Jones and Geraldine James.

No sign of the royal duo has been teased on the promotional posters, however; and also absent is Imelda Staunton, who joins the franchise as Lady Bagshaw.

Actor Jim Carter teased details of the plot in an interview last month, saying: "It was a slightly thinner experience because I don't think for instance the kitchen staff met any of the upstairs staff, or hardly any of them because it was... quicker. It was 10 weeks instead of six months."

Kevin Doyle and Raquel Cassidy as Joseph Molesley and Phyllis Baxter.
Kevin Doyle and Raquel Cassidy as Joseph Molesley and Phyllis Baxter.
Michael C. Fox as Andrew Parker and Robert James Collier as Thomas Barrow.
Michael C. Fox as Andrew Parker and Robert James Collier as Thomas Barrow.

The 70-year-old told Reuters: "We were filming separately in our own little stories a lot more than we were on the TV programme.

"Filming the film which we finished in November, that was just like going back to the TV series.

"We all knew each other. As soon as you put your costume on, you're back in character really."

The TV series followed the upstairs and downstairs lives of the household, and aired on ITV from September 2010 until Christmas Day 2015.