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Downton Abbey renewed for fifth season

Downton Abbey

Story by Jack Foley

DOWNTON Abbey has officially been renewed for a fifth series.

The announcement was made shortly before the final episode of season four aired on Sunday night (November 10, 2013) and was confirmed during the closing credits.

Carnival Films also revealed that Julian Fellowes will return once again as head writer, along with executive producers Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge.

In a statement, meanwhile, Neame said: “Audiences have enjoyed their regular Sunday evening visits back to Downton once again this autumn and we are thrilled to produce a new series of the show next year.

“We promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy played out by some of the most iconic characters on television. All the actors and makers of the show continue to be humbled by the extraordinary audience response and want to take the show from strength to strength next year.”

TV’s Director of Drama Commissioning Steve November added: “We are enormously happy to have Downton Abbey on ITV and we are delighted to be announcing this new series. With Julian writing and Gareth and Liz producing we know it will be as warm, witty, romantic and dramatic as previous series and we can’t wait to catch up with our favourite characters again.”

Ahead of that, Downton Abbey will return for its now annual two-hour festive special on Christmas Day, which will include guest stars Shirley MacLaine and Paul Giamatti.

And the season four box-set will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday (November 11).

Read our verdict on the season 4 finale

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