Downton Abbey has been renewed for a sixth season by ITV. The period drama, created by Julian Fellowes, will begin production on a sixth series early next year

“It is fantastic that Downton continues to be such a phenomenon – still the most popular drama on ITV in its fifth series – and we are thrilled to have commissioned a sixth series,” said Steve November, ITV’s director of drama commissioning. “We don’t know yet what Julian has planned, but we are looking forward to working with him, the fantastic cast and Carnival again, and have no doubt series six will be unmissable.”

Carnival Films’ managing director Gareth Neame added: “We have had an amazing reaction to the storylines, acting and production values of Downton Abbey this year, and the whole team is thrilled to be moving ahead with a new season of the show.

“This will provide audiences with a fresh opportunity to see what will befall our much-loved characters.”

No word as yet on the full cast.

The fifth series of Downton Abbey ends on Sunday 9 November. Watch the finale for Season 5 below.

ITV Downton Abbey Series 5 finale

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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.