Downton to return for series five

Ladies and Gentlemen, we're delighted to announce that Downton Abbey will be back for a phenomenal fifth series.

Audience figures for the fourth series have hit an average 11.8 million viewers – making it the highest rated drama on television in 2013.

Once again Julian Fellowes will be putting pen to paper as writer of the new series and will continue Executive Producing duties with Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge.

We promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy played out by some of the most iconic characters on television.

All the actors and makers of the show continue to be humbled by the extraordinary audience response and want to take the show from strength to strength next year.

– Gareth Neame, Executive Producer

Christmas special 2013

The family and servants travel up to London for the summer season.

The Crawley's impressive London residence, Grantham House, is seen for the first time.

Martha Levinson and Cora's brother Harold make an appearance.

And Carson treats the staff to a special day out.
Watch the trailer here and view the episode photos below.

Vote for Downton in the NTAs

Downton Abbey has been nominated for Best Drama at the National Television Awards.

But that's not all, the phenomenal Maggie Smith is also up for Best Drama Performance.

Voting has now closed - thank you.

Series four episode four trailer

Amid the fallout of the eventful house party a trip to the bright lights of London is planned. Here Sir John Bullock shows his true colours and Rose finds gallantry comes from an unexpected quarter.

Back at the Abbey Mary faces a pressing question about her future, Isobel accepts an offer from Dr Clarkson which rekindles her social conscience, and the manipulative Edna finds herself outmanoeuvred.

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Recap previous series in our photo highlights