Downton Abbey to return for second series
Story by Jack Foley
A SECOND series of Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey has been commissioned, ITV has confirmed.
The costume drama, starring Hugh Bonneville, Dame Maggie Smith and Joanne Froggatt, has proved to be a big Sunday night hit with viewers, attracting an average of 8.8 million people for its pilot in September.
A delighted ITV said that it is the most successful new drama on any channel since Whitechapel launched in 2009.
The drama also broke the record for a single episode viewing on ITV’s online catch-up service.
As such, eight more episodes have been commissioned, which will be shown next year (2011).
Laura Mackie, ITV’s director of drama commissioning, said: “We’re delighted with the audience response to Downton Abbey and the positive critical reaction.”
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