Fellowes Talks Downton Abbey Series 3

Downton fans can breathe a sigh of relief because the monstrously popular period drama by Julian Fellowes will return for a third series next September. PHEW. (Read our interview with him here)

Fellowes said: “I am extremely grateful to ITV for this. I have grown very fond of my Downton family and I certainly do not want to say goodbye to them quite yet.”

Filming for series three will begin early next year and will follow the characters into the roaring 1920s. There has been some criticism floating about that series two has not lived up to the phenomenal first season, and it remains to be seen if series threee can maintain the same appeal. Having said that, 2011’s dose of Downton still managed to bag some impressive viewing figures.

The second series pulled in about 9 million viewers on Sunday evenings, about a third of the audience who tune in during that time slot.

Laura Mackie, ITV’s director of drama commissioning, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be bringing Downton Abbey back for a third series.

“It’s rare to find a drama that the audience connects with so strongly and we’re extremely proud to have commissioned a series that has become such a phenomenon.”