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Six and out for DowntonProducers of the hit period drama Downton Abbey have announced that the curtains are to close for the final time after the next series after six years on our screens and having had great success on both sides of the Atlantic.

The show’s creator Julian Fellowes made the announcement ahead of the filming for the new series getting under way with stars of the show all gathered at London’s Savoy Hotel on Thursday to go through the script in true acting fashion, showing that the show must go on despite the news breaking on the very same day.

Filming has already started with the likes of Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery who play The Countess of Grantham and Lady Mary Grantham respectively, among the cast at The Savoy preparing to make the final series “something special.”

Executive producer of the show Gareth Neame gave a statement to the media saying that “All good things must come to an end. We wanted to close the doors on Downton Abbey when the time felt right and we’re in that place now.

“The show is still being enjoyed by fans and the storylines are still of the highest quality we believe, so it’s best to go out at the top with everything leading to a natural ending. We can promise a final series full of drama and intrigue, plus the excitement of what happens to everybody.”

Series six will feature eight episodes and a Christmas special in its final year.