Downton Abbey 'won't go on forever'

Published Monday, 06 January 2014
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Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has said the hit series could not be expected to 'go on forever' and has hinted the upcoming fifth series could be the last.

Downton Abbey 'won't go on forever'
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. (© PA)

The popular drama, which chronicles the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family, debuted in 2010 and has become a global hit.

Meanwhile Lord Fellowes has been commissioned to write a new American drama called The Gilded Age but said that work on the programme would not start until Downton had come to an end.

Lord Fellowes said: "It's for NBC Universal and it will happen when Downton finishes because I just couldn't do both at once."

He added: "I don't know yet if there is a season six, but it's not going to go on forever."

He also speculated that if the Crawleys had been a real family, they would have still been running the estate today - albeit in a more "businesslike" way.

"My own belief is that they would survive, but they would be living in a back wing - and you could buy a ticket to visit and they would only come out in the winter," he said.

A special episode of Downton Abbey aired on Christmas Day, showing the family visiting London for debutante Lady Rose's coming out.

Downton Abbey will return to UTV in the autumn.

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