Downton Abbey renewed for fifth series

Published Monday, Nov 11 2013, 12:03 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Downton Abbey has been officially renewed for a fifth series.

In news that surprised absolutely no one, ITV has announced that Lady Mary, Bates, Carson and co. will return for a brand new run of episodes next year.

The renewal news came just after Downton wrapped its fourth series with an extended episode on Sunday night (10 November). In case you haven't watched the finale yet we won't spoil it by revealing what happened, but we can say the entire series averaged an audience of 11.8 million viewers making it the highest-rated drama on TV in 2013.

No wonder series five is already in the pipeline!

Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey, series four, November 2013


Steve November, ITVs' director of drama commissioning, said: "We are enormously happy to have Downton Abbey on ITV and we are delighted to be announcing this new series…. we know it will be as warm, witty, romantic and dramatic as previous series and we can't wait to catch up with our favourite characters again."

Downton addicts, however, won't have to wait until 2014 for more from our favourite privileged family as the already-announced festive special will air on Christmas Day.

The two-hour episode will see the return of Lady Cora's mother Martha Levinson, played by the fabulous Shirley MacLaine. This time she'll be bringing Cora's brother Harold (Paul Giamatti) along for the ride.

We're already counting down!