Monday 22 December 2014

Is this year the last for Downton Abbey?

Lauren Turner

Published 05/01/2014 | 18:58

A CARNIVAL FILMS PRODUCTION FOR ITV1.

DOWNTON ABBEY.

EPISODE 4

ITVÕs new costume drama series, Downton Abbey, written and created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes and made by Carnival Films for ITV will star Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham and Elizabeth McGovern as RobertÕs wife, Cora, Countess of Grantham.  

They will lead an all-star cast, which also includes: Penelope Wilton, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nicol, Siobhan Finneran, Rob James Collier, Joanne Froggatt and Rose Leslie. 

Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey will portray the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them.    

PICTURED: MICHELLE DOCKERY as Lady Mary Crawley.

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Photographer: NICK BRIGGS.


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A CARNIVAL FILMS PRODUCTION FOR ITV1. DOWNTON ABBEY. EPISODE 4 ITVÕs new costume drama series, Downton Abbey, written and created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes and made by Carnival Films for ITV will star Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham and Elizabeth McGovern as RobertÕs wife, Cora, Countess of Grantham. They will lead an all-star cast, which also includes: Penelope Wilton, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nicol, Siobhan Finneran, Rob James Collier, Joanne Froggatt and Rose Leslie. Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey will portray the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them. PICTURED: MICHELLE DOCKERY as Lady Mary Crawley. This photograph is (C) ITV Plc/CARNIVAL FILMS and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itvpictures.com Photographer: NICK BRIGGS. For further information please contact: patrick.smith@itv.com

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has hinted that the next series of the hit show could be its last.

The ITV1 drama, which tells the story of the aristocratic Crawley family, is set to return to television screens later this year for a fifth series, having started in 2010.

But Lord Fellowes has now said in an interview that the saga will not “go on forever”.

He has been commissioned to write a new American drama called The Gilded Age but told The Wall Street Journal that work on the programme would not start until Downton had come to an end.

Lord Fellowes said: “It's for NBC Universal and it will happen when Downton finishes because I just couldn't do both at once.

”I haven't written it yet, but it's about the old aristocracy, the Winthrops and the Stuyvesants and the new money of oil and gas and shipping in the 1870s. It will all be fiction - it won't be real people - but when those families descended on New York, they took over.“

The writer reassured fans that there would be a fifth series of Downton but referring to a long-running US courtroom drama, added: ”I don't know yet if there is a season six, but it's not going to go on forever. It won't be Perry Mason.“

He also speculated that if the Crawleys had been a real family, they would have still been running the estate today - albeit in a more ”businesslike“ way.

He said: ”My own belief is that they would survive, but they would be living in a back wing - and you could buy a ticket to visit and they would only come out in the winter.“

Downton Abbey was last seen on British screens on Christmas Day, when a special episode was broadcast showing the family visiting London for debutante Lady Rose's coming out.

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