UPDATED: On the heels of announcing the final season today, “Downton Abbey” producers are contemplating a movie. Gareth Neame nixed hopes for a spinoff but did say in the press conference: “We would be very interested in [a movie]… it’s definitely something we’re contemplating, it would be great fun to do.” (Entertainment Weekly reports.)
EARLIER: The rumors are true. “Downton Abbey”‘s sixth season will be its last, said Executive Producer Gareth Neame on Thursday morning.
“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,” said Neame in today’s press conference.
Writer/creator Julian Fellowes’ sumptuous period drama has been the highest-rated UK series of the past decade. Across its five seasons, it has also become the most Emmy-nominated British show of all time, totaling 51 noms. Season 5, which ended March 1, was seen by 25.5 million viewers.
The sixth season will consist of eight episodes and a Christmas special, per usual, all set to air in the UK in late 2015. US viewers should expect to see it shortly thereafter.