Downton Abbey to return to ITV for a fifth series

ITV and the makers of Downton Abbey, Carnival Films have announced the drama will be returning for a fifth series.

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

ITV commissions a fifth series of Downton abbey from Carnival Films Credit: ITV/Carnival Films

ITV’s Director of Drama Commissioning, Steve November said:

“We are enormously happy to have Downton Abbey on ITV and we are delighted to be announcing this new series.

"With Julian Fellowes writing and Gareth Nearne and Liz Trubridge producing we know it will be as warm, witty, romantic and dramatic as previous series and we can't wait to catch up with our favourite characters again.”