Downton Abbey to end in 2012?

'Downton Abbey' creator Julian Fellowes has hinted the ITV1 period drama could be set to end in 2012

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Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes has hinted 'Downton Abbey' could end in 2012.

The show's creator admitted he had always planned to write just three series of the ITV1 period drama - which is currently in its second season - and he is excited about exploring the "big changes" of the 1920s when he pens the upcoming third chapter.

He said: "The original concept in my optimistic head was for the first series to start towards the end of the Edwardian era, the second to be set during World War I and the third in the 1920s.

"In the '20s there are big changes, new inventions, different expectations I can't wait to explore."

Julian insists the show will not be written with the purpose of attracting a younger audience just because it appears on ITV1 after 'The X Factor' on Sunday nights.

Asked whether he felt pressure to appeal to the talent show's viewers, he added: "We definitely haven't lowered standards to appeal to younger viewers. We don't want to spoon feed our audience.

"There are still references that younger members of the audience may not understand, and I don't feel the need to explain them because I like the idea of inspiring people to go on the internet and look them up.

"I do not want to patronise our audience and I don't want to exclude anyone from enjoying 'Downton Abbey'. We were expecting most of 'The X Factor' audience to turn off and the fact that they haven't is fantastic."

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