Downton Abbey to return for a sixth series

The Crawleys and their staff will be back on ITV for a sixth season in 2015

Downton Abbey will return to our TV screens for a sixth series next year. 

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The hit ITV period drama, created by Julian Fellowes, has been recommissioned and will be back for a new season in 2015.

“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,” says ITV’s director of commissioning Steve November. “We don’t know yet what Julian has planned, but we are looking forward to working with him, the fantastic cast and Carnival again and have no doubt series six will be unmissable.”

“We have had an amazing reaction to the story lines, acting and production values of Downton Abbey this year and the whole team is thrilled to be moving ahead with a new season of the show,” added the show’s executive producer Gareth Neame.

Rumours were rife earlier this year that the fifth series of the period drama would be its last, so news that Robert, Cora, Violet and co are set to return (barring any of Downton’s trademark shock deaths) will be gladly received by fans. 

The sixth season will go into production early next year and is expected to air in the autumn. 

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Downton Abbey series 5 concludes on Sunday at 9:00pm on ITV