According to latest reports, one of the most popular period drama Downton Abbey will not end after series five and is expected to continue until 2020, the show’s producer has confirmed.
After a comment from writer Julian Fellowes, recently there was a speculation that the next season would be its last season.
Gareth Neame, the executive producer of the show recently rejected all the rumors and stated that “there are no plans to end the show after the fifth series”. A statement in one of the leading newspaper states that “ITV commissions each series on a year-by-year basis.”
Julian Fellowes also stated that the show would not go on forever (inevitable of course and something both he and I have been on the record for previously)”. He also added that “For now, ITV has commissioned series five and that is what we are busy preparing.”
The executive producer stated to one of the leading newspaper that the show, which was launched in September 2010, will “live to an age of somewhere between five and 10 years” while Fellowes said to the same newspaper that “The most important thing is to make sure it is well-formed, comes to an end at the right time, and is not lured into the usual thing of trying to keep something going past its time”.
On last Sunday, the fourth series of Downton Abbey, starring Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville was broadcasted in US, which managed to attract a record-breaking 10.2 million viewers.
The next series of the show is expected to be aired in the UK later this year, the show will be aired post two-hour Christmas special closed the last season on 25 December.