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Sophisticated new shots of the Mad Men cast are released as it's confirmed the insanely popular 60s-set drama will return for a sixth season.

Photographer Frank Ockenfels captures the usual suspects, including Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks), Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Peggy Olsen (Elisabeth Moss), in their finest evening wear, sipping Martinis at a glamorous soirée.

"Your ex-wife is here": Betty Francis (January Jones) and daughter Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka) scan the party scenery as Don's new wife Megan (Jessica Paré) breaks the news to her suave husband(Hamm)

The new season will air in the US in April with a two-hour opening special. The cast has jumped in time to 1967, with the show's creator Matthew Weiner explaining to US TV Guide: "I love writing that first episode as if the audience knows everything that has happened, and watching them piece it in their head. It's an elliptical experience."

Roger Sterling (John Slattery) is still smoking and drinking - and possibly scanning the room for his next conquest. Don and Joan shoot the breeze with Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser)

Weiner also dispelled rumours that Elisabeth Moss and January Jones were set to leave Mad Men and confirmed that Jared Harris aside, the entire cast was onboard for the new series.

Don't you hate it when they run out of chairs? Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) earwigs on the stairs

Weiner said: "To be able to continue exploring the stories of these characters for a sixth season is an amazing opportunity. We love mining this world and look forward to bringing the audience stories that we hope will continue to both surprise and entertain them."

Ken Cosgrove (Aaron Staton), Harry Crane (Rich Sommer), Roger Sterling, Joan and Bertram Cooper (Robert Morse) are amused to hear of the year's big new invention "a handheld calculator"

Ready to plunge back into the world of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce? Tell us your favourite Mad Men character below or on Twitter

Words: Anna Pollitt. Images: AMC/Frank Ockenfels

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