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Sun not setting soon on Downton Abbey: Producer

Published on Jan 8, 2014 5:47 AM
 
Television still: Downton Abbey Season 3 starring Hugh Bonneville as Robert Earl of Grantham. Reports of the imminent demise of Downton Abbey are greatly exaggerated, the executive producer of the hit British period drama said on Tuesday after its record-setting return to United States public television. -- FILE PHOTO: DIVA UNIVERSAL

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Reports of the imminent demise of Downton Abbey are greatly exaggerated, the executive producer of the hit British period drama said on Tuesday after its record-setting return to United States public television.

Speaking by phone from London, Mr Gareth Neame said "there is no plan to end the show" after production of season five wraps up later this year.

"It won't go on forever. No show does ... (but) the show - first telecast in Britain in 2010 - will live to an age of somewhere between five and 10 years," Mr Neame told the Agence France-Presse.

Season four, already seen on Britain's ITV, premiered Sunday on PBS in the United States where it pulled in a record 10.2 million viewers, compared to 7.9 million at the start of season three.

 
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