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Downton Abbey could end after fifth season, hints Julian Fellowes

Downton Abbey

Story by Jack Foley

DOWNTON Abbey could end after its forthcoming fifth season, according to a hint dropped by its creator and writer Julian Fellowes.

According to The Daily Mirror, Fellowes is set to pen the screenplay for a new US series called The Gilded Age but has been reluctant to do it until he has completed his commitment to Downton.

Commenting on when he will get around to The Gilded Age, he said: “It will happen when Downton finishes because I just couldn’t do both at once.”

He confirmed that a fifth series will happen, but asked to speculate whether there would be any further to follow, he added: “I don’t know yet if there is a season six, but it’s not going to go on for ever. It won’t be Perry Mason.”

The fourth series of Downton Abbey averaged an audience of 12 million per episode and the show continues to be a massive hit in America.

But in addition to Fellowes seeking new challenges, several cast members are also keen to capitalise on the higher profile their careers have been afforded in light of Downton‘s massive success.

Dan Stevens and Jessica Brown-Findlay are among the high profile departures from the original cast so far, while the likes of Hugh Bonneville, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt and Michelle Dockery are all beginning to break away for other projects. Securing extended contracts may be costly and difficult.

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