Downton Abbey boss Gareth Neame wants the drama to run for 10 years!

Gareth Neame

Fans of ITV’s period production Downton Abbey are of course eagerly awaiting the debut of the show’s new series later this year, and of course, are hoping that the Julian Fellowes drama will go on for some time yet…

Which is a sentiment echoed by producer Gareth Neame, who’s told the Daily Mirror that he’d like to see Downton run for 10 years!

He said, “I think Downton Abbey is going to go on for a while…

“Right now the show is still growing in the US and it would be awful to think of it ending now.

“I would rather let the show run between four and 10 years, I imagine.”

However, he added that he was wary of keeping the show on our screens to the point where it became uninteresting to viewers.

He remarked, “I’d rather that in 20 years’ time it was loved rather than we went on a season too long and people fell out of love with it.”

Meanwhile, it’s also been revealed that there have been more additions to the cast for upcoming series which the show’s bosses hope will go some way to appeasing viewers who’ve been upset by the departure of some of the drama’s big name actors, such as Jessica Brown Findley and Dan Stevens, who played the roles of Lady Sybil and Matthew Crawley.

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The Mirror states that the new cast members include Bluestone 42 actor Gary Carr has signed up to play jazz singer Jack Ross, joining other new cast members Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Nigel Harman, Joanna David and Dame Harriet Walter.

Veteran US actress Shirley MacLaine will also return as Martha Levinson for the latest eight-part series which is set to include another feature-length Christmas episode.

Here’s a reminder of how the last series ended with new father Matthew’s tragic death…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.