New season of Lena Dunham's hit comedy will feature 12 episodes - two more than in previous seasons

HBO has confirmed that Girls will return in the New Year.

Season three of Lena Dunham‘s award-winning comedy will premiere on the US premium cable network on January 12 with a pair of back-to-back episodes. The UK start date has yet to be confirmed by Sky Atlantic, but the British broadcaster chose to show episodes of season two just 24 hours after they premiered in the US.

The new season will feature 12 half-hour episodes – two more than in previous seasons. Dunham will once again be joined by Allison Williams’ Marnie, Jemima Kirke’s Jessa and Zozia Mamet’s Shoshanna – as well as their male co-stars Adam Driver (Adam), Andrew Rannells (Elijah) and Alex Karpovsky (Ray). However, Christopher Abbott won’t be back as Charlie after he and Dunham reportedly experienced differences on set at the start of filming.

Dunham confirmed on September 6 that production had wrapped on the new batch of episodes. Over the summer HBO released an Instagram-style video teaser for the new season – watch it here.

Created, directed and written by Dunham, the show has been a major hit since it debuted last year (2012) and took home two prizes at this January’s Golden Globe Awards: ‘Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical’ and ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series’ – Comedy or Musical’ for Dunham.