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Downton Abbey to end after sixth season

Downton Abbey

Story by Jack Foley

HIT period drama Downton Abbey is to end after its sixth season, its makers have announced.

The show follows a family’s fortunes from 1912 to the mid-1920s and became a massive hit on both sides of the Atlantic, winning a clutch of awards including two BAFTAs.

But making the announcement on Friday, the programme’s executive producer Gareth Neame said: “There comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception.”

He was backed by series creator Lord Julian Fellowes, who commented: “People ask if we knew what was going to happen when we started to make the first series and the answer is that, of course we had no idea.

“But I do know how grateful we are to have been allowed this unique experience.”

The sixth series will comprise a total of nine episodes with the final one appearing on TV on Christmas Day.

The show stars Hugh Bonneville, Dame Maggie Smith and Joanne Froggatt among its ensemble. It has also made household names of most of its stars, with several now pursuing big film careers: most notably Dan Stevens, who has since appeared in hit movies The Guest, Night At The Museum 3 and A Walk Among The Tombstones and Lily James, who is currently playing the lead role in Disney’s latest hit, Cinderella.

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