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November 28, 2013

DOWNTON ABBEY set for a fifth series next year, which may be it's LAST

The end is nigh for the Crawleys: Downton Abbey could be history after its fifth series

Fiery Rose played by James tells Mary she done keeping secrets about her love


Cast members are keen to “go out on a high” and writer Julian Fellowes is turning his attention to a US version of the period drama.
A well-placed insider told the Sunday Express: “They [ITV] are talking about recommissioning, definitely for a fifth, but some of the senior cast members want to call it a day at five.”
Jim Carter, who plays Carson, has already said it is the right time to end the show how it was planned by Fellowes. He also revealed that there are rumblings from other senior cast members that five series is enough.
Echoing Carter’s comments, the insider added: “The plotline involving Hugh Bonneville going to America [last week] was conceived so that the actor could have time off to shoot a film in the States.
Downton, Abbey, Anna, Edna Braithwaite, ITV, Mary, Tom Branson, Edith, Lady Rose, Carson, Jim Carter, Lily James,  Series five is enough says Carter who plays Carson [GETTY]
There is speculation that Fellowes may leave any proposal until the Christmas special
“Some of the plots during the [current] series haven’t run that coherently because Fellowes has been writing his new American thing at the same time, jumping from one to the other. It hasn’t had his full attention.”
Fellowes’s new US series for NBC is about the Vanderbilt family in New York, set in the 1880s. It has already been called “the American Downton Abbey”. Despite fears that the rape storyline might upset audiences, Downton has regularly topped the ratings, attracting about 10 million viewers.
The fourth series ends this Christmas Day with romance expected to flourish for Lady Mary, Lady Rose and Tom Branson.
Lady Rose’s fling with jazz singer Jack Ross comes to a head as she informs the family he is the man she wants to marry.
She tells Mary: “I love him and I won’t listen to any imperialist nonsense about racial purity and how he should be horsewhipped for daring to dream.
Downton, Abbey, Anna, Edna Braithwaite, ITV, Mary, Tom Branson, Edith, Lady Rose, Carson, Jim Carter, Lily James,  There is also a buzz around Lady Mary's love life since the death of her husband [ITV]
“I’m going to marry him, Mary, and I don’t care what it costs and I won’t keep it a secret.”
Meanwhile, widower Branson looks to have found friendship as actress Daisy Lewis’s Sarah Bunting appears at the summer fair. Elsewhere Lady Mary must contend with her three suitors, Gillingham, Blake and Napier.
There is speculation that Fellowes may leave any proposal until the Christmas special, which would repeat Matthew Crawley’s memorable doorstep offer to Lady Mary at the end of season one.
Both ITV and Carnival, Downton’s production company, declined to comment on any recommission after a fifth series.
Downton, Abbey, Anna, Edna Braithwaite, ITV, Mary, Tom Branson, Edith, Lady Rose, Carson, Jim Carter, Lily James,  Other members of the Downton cast are rumoured to have said the show should end with series five [GETTY]
from www.theexpress.com in the UK. More on this article by David Stephenson here.
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