Third Abbey a winner
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.
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