The fourth series of Downton Abbey may have come to a close last night, but there’s no need to don your mourning dress…
The Crawley’s will be back for more secrets and scandal next year, as the hit period drama has already been recommissioned for a fifth series by ITV and Carnival Films.
The full production team will be returning for Downnton’s fifth series. The new episodes will be written by the show’s creator Julian Fellowes and executive produced by Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge.
It’s no surprise that the inhabitants of Downton Abbey are being welcomed back. The show’s fourth series averaged 11.8 million viewers on ITV, making it the most watched drama of 2013 so far.
Gareth Neame said: “Audiences have enjoyed their regular Sunday evening visits back to Downton once again this autumn and we are thrilled to produce a new series of the show next year. We promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy played out by some of the most iconic characters on television.”
“We are enormously happy to have Downton Abbey on ITV and we are delighted to be announcing this new series,” added ITV’s director of drama commissioning Steve November.
We don’t have to wait until next year to get our Downton fix, though. Cora, Violet and co will be back on our screens on Christmas Day with a two-hour festive special. The episode will see the return of Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson and the arrival of Paul Giamatti as Cora’s playboy brother Harold.
Downton Abbey returns on Christmas Day
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