‘Downton Abbey’ creator on fourth series: ‘It would be odd if there wasn’t’

Julian Fellowes speaks out about the future of his popular ITV1 costume drama

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has responded to questions about the show’s future.

The third series of the costume drama ended earlier this month (November 2012), after pulling in over ten million viewers for ITV1 on Sunday nights. A festive special will air on Christmas Day, but a fourth series has yet to be confirmed.

When asked whether the channel had placed an order for a new series, Fellowes told The Hollywood Reporter: “We don’t know. We haven’t had a commission. But I think it would be pretty odd if there wasn’t.”

Meanwhile, the show’s executive producer Gareth Neame added coyly: “We hope to have some news in a few days.”

Downton Abbey has also been a hit in the US, where it recently competed against Mad Men and Homeland for a whopping 17 Emmy awards. However, only Maggie Smith came away with a trophy, winning the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series prize for her performance as the Dowager Countess. In the US, the third series will begin on the PBS network on January 6.