Downton Abbey to bow out but film version is mooted
Downton Abbey is bowing out at the end of the next series although show bosses have admitted they are "contemplating" a film version of hit period drama.
The show, which attracts an audience of millions of viewers in hundreds of countries, has also been a critical hit, winning Golden Globes, Emmys and Bafta awards since its debut in 2010.
The drama features a mixture of established stars including Dame Maggie Smith and helped launch the careers of actors including Michelle Dockery, Lily James and Dan Stevens.
Around 11 million viewers in the UK followed the fortunes of the Crawley family and the people who work for them.