‘Downton’ lives on for a fifth season! The period piece, which recently wrapped its fourth season in Great Britain raking an average audience of 11.8 million viewers, won’t see its return in the U.S. till Jan. 5. But British broadcaster ITV has just given the green light for a fifth visit to Downton Abbey!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Though a ‘Downton’ renewal was more than likely, given the series’ massive international popularity, it was not obligatory. The series has lost two cast members in the last year — including one, Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley), due to the lack of commitment required of TV actors in the U.K. — and the production is demanding on Oscar-winning Fellowes, who remains a hot commodity outside of the series.”
“As American audiences ready themselves for the January 5th premiere of season four, our devoted ‘Downton‘ fans will rest easy knowing that a fifth season is on the way,” said Masterpiece EP Rebecca Eaton.
Though Downton Abbey‘s fourth season is technically in the can in the U.K., the annual Christmas special — which will conclude the U.S. run on February 23 — has yet to air. Downton Abbey is a Carnival Films and Masterpiece co-production, with EP Julian Fellowes still shouldering all of the writing duties.
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