Downton Abbey fans rejoice as drama is renewed for sixth series

Published Thursday, Nov 6 2014, 17:40 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Downton Abbey will be returning for a sixth series, ITV have confirmed.

In an official statement released today (6 November), it was revealed that production on the next season of the hugely popular drama would begin in early 2015.

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The fifth series of Downton Abbey, which is currently airing on ITV, ends on Sunday evening.

However, fans won't have to wait long to be reunited with Lady Mary and company, as the hit show's annual festive episode will be screened on Christmas Day. Hooray!

"It is fantastic that Downton continues to be such a phenomenon - still the most popular drama on ITV in its fifth series - and we are thrilled to have commissioned a sixth series," said ITV's Director of Drama Commissioning, Steve November.

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Speculation about the future of the show has been growing in recent months, particularly after writer and creator Julian Fellowes hinted that series five could be its last.

Downton was an instant hit when it first aired 2010 and its success has continued over the years. In fact, the fifth series has been watched by an average of 10.4 million. The drama is also hugely popular in the US.

"We don't know yet what Julian has planned, but we are looking forward to working with him, the fantastic cast and [Downton Abbey producers] Carnival again and have no doubt series six will be unmissable," added Steve.

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