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Downton Abbey season five confirmed

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Downton Abbey - Back next year

The makers of Downton Abbey have confirmed that it will return for a fifth, Julian Fellowes-scripted series on ITV next year.

The fourth series was the highest rated drama on British television this year with an average of 11.8 million viewers.

Gareth Neame, Managing Director of Carnival Films, which produces the show, said: "We promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy played out by some of the most iconic characters on television."

He added: "All the actors and makers of the show continue to be humbled by the extraordinary audience response and want to take the show from strength to strength next year."

Steve November, ITV's Director of Drama Commissioning, said: "We are enormously happy to have Downton Abbey on ITV and we are delighted to be announcing this new series."

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