‘Downton Abbey’: ITV confirms upcoming sixth series will be the last

Producers 'promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue'

ITV has confirmed that Downton Abbey‘s forthcoming sixth series will be its last.

In a press statement released this afternoon (March 26), the show’s executive producer Gareth Neame explained that its creative team “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,” Neame added.

Created by Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey debuted on ITV in 2010 and has gone on to become a global smash. The series, which now airs in 250 territories worldwide, has won 11 Primetime Emmy Awards from a total of 51 nominations, making it the most nominated British show in Emmy history. It has also collected numerous BAFTA, NTA and Golden Globe prizes for its five series to date.

Fellowes said today: “The Downton journey has been amazing for everyone aboard. People ask if we knew what was going to happen when we started to make the first series and the answer is that, of course we had no idea. Exactly why the series had such an impact and reached so many people around the world, all nationalities, all ages, all types, I cannot begin to explain. But I do know how grateful we are to have been allowed this unique experience.”

The sixth and final series of Downton Abbey is expected to air on ITV later this year (2015). It will consist of eight episodes and a Christmas Special.