Brendan Coyle: 'Downton can't run forever'

'Downton Abbey' star Brendan Coyle does not think the series will keep running indefinitely because otherwise it would become 'Emmerdale'

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Brendan Coyle

Brendan Coyle thinks 'Downton Abbey' will turn into 'Emmerdale' if it keeps running.

The 48-year-old actor - who portrays John Bates in the ITV1 period drama series - insists the cast of the programme know when it should come to an end before it becomes too similar to other shows on TV.

He said: "I can pretty much say all of us know when 'Downton' is going to end. This is a show with a finite life. If we bring this into the 1950s, it's 'Emmerdale'. Though I really like 'Emmerdale'."

While 'Downton' has tasted success in both the UK and the US, Brendan admits it is seen as more of a "guilty pleasure" in his home nation as opposed to the "effusive" reaction the programme has received in America.

He explained to Radio Times magazine: "The difference between Los Angeles and here is that there, the insiders, the taste-makers, they all love 'Downton'. It's much more effusive there. By contrast, the initial response over here was that it must be a cultural guilty pleasure."

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