Third Abbey a win­ner

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

THE cast of hit cos­tume drama Down­ton Abbey are all set to roar into the 1920s af­ter tele­vi­sion bosses com­mis­sioned a third se­ries. It will be writ­ten by show cre­ator Ju­lian Fel­lowes and will fol­low the Craw­ley fam­ily and their ser­vants into the post-war world of 1920 and 1921 Eng­land. ‘‘I am ex­tremely grate­ful to ITV for this. I have grown very fond of my Down­ton fam­ily and I cer­tainly do not want to say good­bye to them quite yet,’’ Fel­lowes says. The cur­rent se­ries screen­ing in the UK has had a more crit­i­cal re­cep­tion than the first se­ries with the com­pli­cated plot and num­ber of ad­verts all com­ing un­der fire. But even more UK view­ers have tuned in, with an av­er­age au­di­ence of 11.5 mil­lion watch­ing the first six episodes of this se­ries. Stars in­clud­ing Dame Mag­gie Smith, Hugh Bon­neville, El­iz­a­beth Mc­gov­ern, Michelle Dock­ery, Jim Carter, Joanne Frog­gatt and Brendan Coyle will all ap­pear in the new se­ries.

Down­ton Abbey: Com­ing in 2012, Seven, Prime7

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