ITV and Carnival Films have announced that production will begin early next year on a sixth series of the hit drama.
The fifth season, which comes to an end on in the UK on Sunday 9th November, has been watched by an average of 10.4 million based on consolidated data per episode. It will be followed by a Christmas special.
Carnival’s Managing Director, Gareth Neame said: “We have had an amazing reaction to the story lines, acting and production values of Downton Abbey this year and the whole team is thrilled to be moving ahead with a new season of the show. This will provide audiences with a fresh opportunity to see what will befall our much loved characters.”
ITV’s Director of Drama Commissioning, Steve November said, “It is fantastic that Downton continues to be such a phenomenon – still the most popular drama on ITV in its fifth series – and we are thrilled to have commissioned a sixth series. We don’t know yet what Julian has planned, but we are looking forward to working with him, the fantastic cast and Carnival again and have no doubt series six will be unmissable.”
It airs in Australia on Seven.