Downton Abbey recommissioned

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 October 2010
Dame Maggie Smith

Downton Abbey actress Dame Maggie Smith

ITV1 period drama 'Downton Abbey' has been recommissioned for ITV1 following the success of the current eight-part series

'Downton Abbey' has been recommissioned for ITV11.

Following the success of the eight-part period drama, the TV network has decided to give the go ahead to a new series after the programme - which stars Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Rob James-Collier - was a huge hit with viewers and critics.

Laura Mackie, the Director of ITV's Drama Commissioning, said: "We're delighted with the audience response to 'Downton Abbey' and the positive critical reaction. We're extremely proud to have commissioned a series which has clearly captivated ITV1 viewers. Consequently, we're thrilled to be announcing the recommission of a new series for 2011 which will allow us to spend more time with the Crawley family and their servants."

'Downton Abbey' debuted on September 26 to an audience of 9.2 million. This has already exceeded 11.6 million after repeats and online views.

Rob - who plays footman Thomas in the show - recently admitted that working with such an esteemed cast meant he had to push himself as an actor.

He said: "With a cast like this, I had to be working at 120 per cent the whole time just to keep up with them, but that can only make me a better actor. It's definitely made me up my game."

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