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'Downton Abbey' To Spend Another Season in Maggie Smith's Projected Dreamscapes


The fourth season of Downton Abbey doesn't premiere in the US until January, but with the finale already airing yesterday in the UK, the shows has already been renewed for another series set within the spooky Yorkshire country house haunted by Maggie Smith and her hats.

The season four finale last night earning year-high drama ratings in its native home, sparking the long-expected response from ITV, officially declaring a fifth season to eventually follow the annual Christmas special that, naturally, won't be airing on PBS until the holiday season of late February.

"Audiences have enjoyed their regular Sunday evening visits back to Downton once again this autumn, and we are thrilled to produce a new series of the show next year," said executive producer Gareth Neame in a statement. "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."

As is typical of the UK's upstairs-downstairs formula, it's expected that the fifth series will be the one that sees the ruling and servile classes finally come together in a gruesome vision of Cronenbergian body horror.

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