Tuesday, 12 October 2010


[11.04 - French Time] ITV1 has commissioned a second series of Downton Abbey, its lavish period drama, after it proved a spectacular hit with both viewers and critics.

Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) will return to pen a new seven-part series, which will air in 2011. Downton Abbey, produced by Carnival Films, is set in an Edwardian country house in April 1912 and portrays the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them.

The big-budget costume drama debuted on September 26 with a consolidated audience of 9.2m viewers, making it the most successful new drama on British television since the launch of ITV’s Whitechapel in February last year. Whitechapel, also produced by Carnival, was the most-watched new drama series of 2009 and its second series started last night on ITV1.

Downton Abbey averaged more than 8m viewers across the opening three episodes of its initial seven-part run (1 x 90-minute and 6 x 60-minute).


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