Downton Abbey Costume drama, starring Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville Facebook Twitter Google Tumblr Pinterest Blogger Reddit VKontakt Print Email Julian Fellowes to adapt Anthony Trollope novel Doctor Thorne Carousel Navigation 1 Related Downton's Thomas and Bates solve their ongoing feud with lightsabers in Star Wars spoof The force is strong with these two... W1A preview: "Goes like an arrow to the heart of the BBC's foibles" A storyline about censoring Jeremy Clarkson in Top Gear provides comedy gold, says Ben Dowell, even if the double-length opening episode is a little too much of a good thing The spirit of W1A comes to the real BBC as the Corporation runs out of paper As the second series of the BBC comedy starring Hugh Bonneville and Sarah Parish returns, leaked emails show that fiction is not far from reality when it comes to internal crises Hugh Bonneville: When we finish Downton Abbey there'll be tears Highclere's leading man laughs off rumours of a Downton feature film, and says BBC comedy W1A is closer to reality than you think Downton Abbey's Penelope Wilton to play the Queen in BFG movie Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl stars Wolf Hall's Mark Rylance and now also features Rebecca Hall and Flight of the Conchords' Jermaine Clement Penelope Wilton: I'm not sad about the end of Downton Abbey Wilton discussed the ITV period drama shortly after winning best actress at the Olivier awards Doctor Who, Downton Abbey and Sherlock - get married on the set of your favourite TV show It's time to say "I do" to these impressive TV-themed wedding venues... Downton Abbey: Would the BBC have made Lord Grantham "a bastard"? "The BBC would probably have been a bit PC and not have helped itself and made Lord Grantham a bastard," a senior cast member tells RadioTimes.com Mary Beard loves BBC comedy W1A so much she will cameo in it The presenter and classicist has been given a small turn in the new series alongside BBC creative director Alan Yentob, RadioTimes.com can reveal Dowager Countess of Grantham could make comeback in Julian Fellowes' US drama The Gilded Age will be set decades before the first series of Downton Abbey among the high society families of New York The Downton Abbey spin-offs that could keep the show alive With Downton Abbey's sixth season set to be the last, we imagine six ways the Crawleys and their staff could stay on our TV screens Bank Holiday binge-watch: a how-to guide to the TV box sets you could watch this weekend From Downton Abbey and Sherlock to Outlander and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, with some careful planning (and lots of snacks) you can watch an entire series this Easter weekend Downton Disco? Creator Julian Fellowes says the period drama could jump ahead to the 1970s There could be a groovy afterlife for the hit ITV show after it ends with its sixth series this Christmas... Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes to receive International Emmy Founders Award The 65-year-old writer and creator of the ITV period drama will follow in the footsteps of Steven Spielberg, JJ Abrams and David Attenborough as a recipient of the coveted industry prize Downton Abbey bosses "tried to convince Julian Fellowes to hand over the reins" Attempts were made to save the ITV period drama from cancellation by seeking to persuade Fellowes to let another writer take over, according to sources British drama is a hit around the world – but let's not sell its soul The world wants to buy our hit dramas, but let’s learn from Indian Summers, says David Butcher Lily James and Sophie McShera talk trading places in Downton Abbey and Disney's Cinderella Downton's Daisy reveals she had "such fun" bossing Lady Rose about for Kenneth Brannagh Wedding bells, baby Bates and financial security... How should Downton Abbey finally end? The period drama's upcoming season is set to be the last - and Ellie Walker-Arnott has some firm ideas about how Julian Fellowes should conclude our favourite characters' storylines... Would you like to see a seventh series of Downton Abbey? As ITV calls time on the Crawleys, we ask if they deserve another year at the Abbey... Downton Abbey's most memorable quotes From Violet's iconic one-liners to Mary's marvellously malevolent barbs, we recall the best quotes from 5 years at the Abbey Downton Abbey series 6: see the cast at a read through for the final season Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Maggie Smith and creator Julian Fellowes can be seen at a read through for Downton Abbey's sixth season, as it is confirmed the series will be the last Downton Abbey to end after series six - the Twitter reaction Julian Fellowes' ITV drama is to end later this year, and social media has opinions about it… The age of Downton Abbey is officially over - and I'm distraught The Abbey is closing its doors and autumnal Sunday nights – and my job – will never be the same again, says Downton superfan Ellie Walker-Arnott Downton Abbey series 6: what do we know so far? Branson and Lady Rose are living in America, love is in the air (again) for Lady Mary and Mrs Patmore is getting a fridge, when the hit ITV period drama returns to our screens later this year Downton Abbey in numbers With news that series six will be Downton's last, we ask: how long would it take you to watch every episode? And how big is Downton anyway? Which Downton Abbey character are you? As ITV confirms that Downton's sixth series will be the last, it's time to find out if you are as quick-witted as the Dowager Countess, as steadfast as Carson or as clueless as Robert Crawley... We're interested in doing a Downton Abbey movie, says executive producer "It's definitely something we're contemplating," hints Gareth Neame after announcing his hit ITV drama is to end after six series The end of Downton Abbey press conference as it happened Producer Gareth Neame is answering questions after it was announced that series 6 will be the last for the ITV mega drama Downton Abbey to end after series six ITV and Carnival Films have confirmed that the hit period drama, first broadcast in 2010, will not return for a seventh series Lily James: I'd love to play an alien in Doctor Who The Cinderella and Downton Abbey star is keen to follow in boyfriend Matt Smith's footsteps and bag a role in the BBC1 sci-fi series Allison Janney on The West Wing, bonding with Miranda and wanting to be in Downton Abbey The actress who found fame as the White House's no-nonsense press secretary CJ plays an alcoholic's mom in her current sitcom Series six of Downton will be dog-less: Isis has not been replaced Hugh Bonneville tells RadioTimes.com that Lord Grantham's late labrador has no successor in series six Julian Fellowes is done talking about the end of Downton - and the age of Maggie Smith's character "You can ask those questions, we just won’t answer," said the Downton Abbey creator at an INTV panel in America Do you really know how to make a cup of tea? Take a TEA break and BREW it over with our quiz... Allison Janney wants to be an illegitimate Crawley in Downton Abbey The Mom and West Wing star fancies revelling in the melodrama of ITV's hit series – and she's got her eye on becoming Maggie Smith's illegitimate on-screen daughter Lily James "definitely" going to star in Downton Abbey series six Lady Rose might have moved to America, but we haven't seen the last of Downton Abbey's brightest and most cheerful resident yet... 13 of the unluckiest screen characters In celebration of Friday 13th we take a look at some TV and film characters who really are down on their luck #DuchessatDownton: what happened when Kate visited the set of Downton Abbey? There were bunches of flowers, toy trains, personalised cakes, boot polish and a group photo when the Duchess of Cambridge visited the ITV drama at Ealing Studios in West London 8 things we'd like to see the Duchess of Cambridge do on the set of Downton Abbey The ITV drama is set to receive a royal visitor tomorrow. And we've got our fingers crossed that Kate does the following... Duchess of Cambridge to head below stairs on the set of Downton Abbey The ITV period drama will be graced by royalty next week, but Prince William's wife will be rubbing shoulders with the servants instead of the Crawleys Dan Stevens and Luke Evans cast alongside Emma Watson in Disney's Beauty and the Beast The former Downton Abbey star and Dracula Untold actor will play the Beast and Gaston in the new live-action remake Downton Abbey couldn’t continue without Maggie Smith There would be no point in the Crawleys keeping calm or attempting to carry on without the Dowager Countess, says Ellie Walker-Arnott Julian Fellowes on the end of Downton Abbey: "It's not really my decision - I don't own it now" The creator of the ITV drama insists he doesn't know when NBC Universal will call time on Downton, but reveals he is going to make a pilot for The Gilded Age "this year" Uptown Funk done the Downton Abbey way 'Cause Downton Funk gon' give it to ya Maggie Smith to leave Downton Abbey Smith plans to hang up the Dowager Countess of Grantham's pearls after the next series - "I must be 110 by now" Maggie Smith lives on Alan Bennett's driveway in The Lady in the Van trailer The Downton Abbey star has swapped life in a country pile for life in a van in her latest film... Sesame Street’s House of Cards parody is almost better than the original House of Cards meets Three Little Pigs: “In this town, you have to know which way the wind is blowing…and right now it’s about to get VERY windy” The best TV 'ships' that sailed full steam ahead From Tim and Dawn to Zack and Kelly, we celebrate the most successful 'ships' who actually found love on the telly... The best TV 'ships' that never quite sailed Because unrequited love makes classic TV, here are the best relationships that never had a happily ever after... Downton Abbey bosses want Julian Fellowes to 'hand his baby over' to other writers, sources claim Downton Abbey hopes that the drama's creator will allow other writers to take the series over when he begins work on the new drama The Gilded Age. But will they succeed?