'Downtown Abbey' to End With Season 6

"Downtown Abbey," the British historical drama that found a devoted audience on both sides of the Atlantic, will end with the upcoming sixth season. The expected announcement arrived this morning from ITV and producer Carnival Films.

The final episode will air on Christmas in the United Kingdom and sometime in 2016 in the United States.

The winner of 11 Emmy Awards, "Downton Abbey" centers on the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in post-Edwardian England. It's the highest-rated drama of the past decade in the United Kingdom, and as earned more Emmy nominations (51) than any other British show.

“Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years," Carnival's Managing Director Gareth Neame said in a statement. "Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception. We wanted to close the doors of 'Downton Abbey' when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up …”

Although there have been murmurs about a "Downtown Abbey" movie, The Wall Street Journal reports Neame told reporters today they have no plans for one.

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