Downton Abbey re-commissioned for third series

Dame Maggie Smith stars in Downton Abbey

'Downton Abbey' star Dame Maggie Smith

'Downton Abbey' has been re-commissioned for a third series, which will be set over an 18-month period in 1920 and 1921.

'Downton Abbey' has been re-commissioned for a third series.

Following the success of the second season of the period drama - which is currently airing on ITV1 and pulling in an average of 11.5 million viewers per episode - the upcoming series will be set over an 18-month period in 1920 and 1921, covering the ever-dramatic lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them.

Penned once again by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes, the likes of Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt, Michelle Dockery and Rob James-Collier will all be returning to the show.

Laura Mackie, ITV's director of drama commissioning, said: "We're absolutely delighted to be bringing 'Downton Abbey' back for a third series, as we follow the inhabitants of 'Downton' as they move into the roaring 20s.

"It's rare to find a drama that the audience connects with so strongly and we're extremely proud to have commissioned a series that has become such a phenomenon."

Meanwhile, Julian Fellowes admitted the third series came about as he wasn't ready to say goodbye to his "'Downton' family" at the end of the second season.

He explained: "I am extremely grateful to ITV for this. I have grown very fond of my Downton family and I certainly do not want to say goodbye to them quite yet."


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