Downton Abbey may be ending, but this may not not necessarily mean the end of the Crawleys as dramatic entities. "We've taken it as far as we can take it in this incarnation," says Elizabeth McGovern (Lady Grantham), as reported in today’s The Telegraph.

"I mean, I'd love to see what happens with the grandkids or the descendants, where they go and where they end up today – that would be really interesting for me.

"But as far as this family, these people are concerned, it was just like a mutual agreement on the part of all the people that had been there from the beginning: This is where we should bring it to its close. And even though it makes me sad to say it even now, it just feels like it's right." 

The stars of the show, the Crawleys, live in and hold rights to the Downton Abbey estate which they have held since at least 1772.

Downton Abbey's writer Julian Fellowes believes it is the right time to end it after its upcoming sixth series.

"We realised that we hadn't really left ourselves room to really resolve everything, so we thought that we'd do one more series to kind of make everything settled", he declares, 

"So we entered into doing six, knowing six was the end and, in a way, that's quite nice, because you have a sort of agenda, which is to kind of wind everything up."

Downton Abbey made its debut on ITV in September 2010 and rapidly became one of the world's most popular television dramas.