As the fourth series in the popular period drama, Downton Abbey, airs, news of its end are close at hand. Show creator Julian Fellowes has revealed that there may not be a sixth series in the show’s future.
Fellowes has been approached to write a new drama, The Gilded Age. He cannot begin working on it until Downton Abbey has run its course.
Fellowes explained more about this development in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
“It’s for NBC Universal and it will happen when Downton finishes because I just couldn’t do both at once.”
“I haven’t written it yet, but it’s about the old aristocracy, the Winthrops and the Stuyvesants and the new money of oil and gas and shipping in the 1870s. It will all be fiction – it won’t be real people – but when those families descended on New York, they took over.”
While the show has been confirmed for a fifth series, Fellowes doesn’t “know yet if there is a season six, but it’s not going to go on forever.”
Lily James has said that she would love to reprise her role as Lady Rose MacClare in the show’s fifth series.
“I’m really enjoying developing her. In the first year, she was in a bit of a whirlwind, a bit intense, so it’s been really fun playing her this [fourth] series to find lights and shades and see the more sensitive side to her.”
Tune in to PBS, BBC, and other affiliate channels, as Downton Abbey returns for its fourth season tonight on Masterpiece Theater.