News Editor, Variety.com
“Downton Abbey” has been renewed for a season six, ITV and producer Carnival Films announced on Thursday.
The official “Downton Abbey” Twitter account also tweeted the news.
Friends, #TeamServants have such wonderful news to share with you all! #Downton pic.twitter.com/obIk3aFrz4
— Downton Abbey (@DowntonAbbey) November 6, 2014
The British drama will go into production in 2015 with Julian Fellowes writing.
The news comes months before season five debuts in the U.S. on PBS on Jan. 4. Season five will complete its run in the U.K. on Sunday.
“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,” said executive producer and Carnival’s managing editor Gareth Neame in a statement. “This will provide audiences with a fresh opportunity to see what will befall our much loved characters.”
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