Thursday, January 9, 2014

CONFIRMED: Downton Abbey is NOT being cancelled! Take that!

January 9th, 2014 by Lisa McGarry.

We let out a little sob of distress when we read reports earlier this week that Downton Abbey is in it’s final throes.

We have already been treated to four series of the hit ITV period drama and just managed to get back on an even keel after the emotional Christmas special so we were properly upset when a so called insider claimed that bosses were planning to bring the programme to a close after the fifth series.

It was claimed that that creator and writer Julian Fellowes wouldn’t be able continue with Downton Abbey whilst working on his new project, The Gilded Age.

However, Executive Producer Gareth Neame has put fans’ minds at rest and insisted that there are currently no plans to cancel Downton and plenty of scope for new episodes.

In a statement he said:

“I can confirm that there are no plans to end the show after the fifth series. ITV commission each series on a year-by-year basis. In an interview given to the Wall Street Journal (published 31.12.13), Julian Fellowes stated that the show would not go on forever (inevitable of course and something both he and I have been on the record for previously). For now ITV have commissioned series five and that is what we are busy preparing.”


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