Downton Abbey returns to PBS Sunday January 3 at 9/8C

PBS and ITV launch final series of Downton Abbey

Writer and Creator Julian Fellowes said: “The characters have been so real to me for six years. So I do think you have a little sadness. You do feel rather sorry to say goodbye to these people because I’ve enjoyed the creation. I’m sorry to see them go. I’m very unlikely to be involved in anything that is as successful again and so, of course, I say goodbye to these golden years with a slight pang. But it seems the right time to go while we’re still firing.”

Downton Abbey - Series 6 [DVD] [2015]

Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 6

Downton Abbey - Sunday January 3 at 9/8C

Downton Abbey was honoured with a BAFTA Special Award in recognition of its contribution to television both in the UK and around the world. It was also announced today that Patricia Hodge (Miranda) would be joining the cast for the final ever episode, the Christmas episode due to air on Christmas Day 2015. The drama is the most nominated British show in Emmy® history with 59 nominations to date, collecting 11 wins including Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Movie, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Movie and Outstanding Miniseries or a Movie. As well as its record-breaking Emmy® nominations, the show has so far amassed nearly 30 other major accolades around the world, including three Golden Globes®, three Screen Actors Guild Awards of which two were for Best Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series, a Producers Guild of America Award, three BAFTA awards and three National Television Awards for Best Drama as voted for by the British public. Downton Abbey is the highest rating UK drama of the past decade across any channel, with an average of 11 million viewers over the course of the last five series, including Christmas specials. In the U.S. series 5, had a weekly average audience of 12.9 million viewers over its nine-week run and concluded in March this year having been watched by 25.5 million people. The Golden Globe®, Emmy®, PGA, BAFTA, National Television Awards and Screen Actors Guild award-winning show, debuted on ITV in 2010 and has since become a global phenomenon. Downton Abbey is now in over 250 territories worldwide. On social media the series 5 UK transmission reached new heights with over 60 million tweet impressions, almost 6 million on the top Facebook post and weekly trending across hashtags and conversation points, gaining a social media chart spot week on week.

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