“Downton Abbey” has been renewed for a season six, ITV and producer Carnival Films announced on Thursday via Twitter.
Eager to return to the secrets, obfuscations and love and romance, always underscored by cliffhangers and dramatic turns of Masterpiece’s “Downton Abbey”?
As you await the January 4, 2015 season premiere of Season 5 on Masterpiece, see new characters, fan favorites, suitors, and Downton’s growing fourth generation: little Sybbie and the heir himself, George.
Downton Abbey Season 5 features returning stars Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt, Allen Leech, Robert James-Collier, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Lily James, Brendan Coyle, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Samantha Bond, Ed Speleers, Kevin Doyle, Raquel Cassidy, David Robb, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Daisy Lewis, Douglas Reith, Jeremy Swift, and Andrew Scarborough.
Alongside the beloved returning cast pictured above are Fifi Hart as Sybbie, twins Zac and Oliver Barker as George, and Richard E. Grant as Simon Bricker.
The official “Downton Abbey” Twitter account also tweeted this image announcing the news:
“We have had an amazing reaction to the story lines, acting and production values of Downton Abbey this year and the whole team is thrilled to be moving ahead with a new season of the show,” said executive producer and Carnival’s managing editor Gareth Neame in a press statement. “This will provide audiences with a fresh opportunity to see what will befall our much loved characters.”
Season 5 SOME SPOILERS
ITV aired the trailer for the upcoming finale of Downton Abbey’s fifth season. The season is highlighted by a marriage and some potential departures.
Our favorites Anna (Joanne Froggatt) and Bates (Brendan Coyle) find themselves in jail, while there appears to be trouble for Rose (Lily James) and Atticus (Matt Barber) at their wedding.
Robert (Hugh Bonneville) is also starting to figure out daughter Edith’s (Laura Carmichael) obsession with her adopted daughter.
Downton Abbey concludes season 5 on Sunday (November 9) at 9pm on ITV in the UK. Season five debuts in the U.S. on PBS on Jan. 4.
“At its heart, television is about storytelling, and ‘Downton Abbey’ is certainly storytelling at its finest,” added PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger. “‘Downton Abbey’ and the Crawley family have kept us on the edge of our seats as they navigate through some of the biggest moments of the 20th century,” said Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO. “Along with our member stations, PBS can’t wait to share the next season of ‘Downton’ drama with our audiences.”