Downton Abbey: Is writer Julian Fellowes about to quit the show?

by Anna Howell

With series 3 of Downton Abbey reaching its conclusion to US audiences this week, the shows creative genius behind it, Julian Fellowes, has hinted he may not continue writing the show!

Julian Fellowes has been the creative force behind Downton Abbey, the phenomenon ITV period drama, since it began back in 2010, and has a cabinet of awards, including a few Emmy’s, to prove how successful his skills have proven on it.

However, in a recent interview with The New York Times Fellowes admitted that his commitments to his new project, the US pilot of The Gilded Age, may mean that he does not have the time to pen anymore antics for the Grantham family!

Speaking to the publication Fellowes explained:

“If I’m doing a series at NBC, I would not be able to write all of Downton and all of that series at the same time. I would hope that by the time all the hurdles have been cleared, the timing makes it so I can then concentrate on the new series.

“If Downton goes on – of course, that’s not my decision – then it would be with other writers. Perhaps with me supervising, but with other writers.”

“There’s no point, really, in making pronouncements of absolutes. The only thing is, I know I would not be able to write 11 hours of Downton and 10 hours of The Gilded Age, or whatever it is, side by side.”

On the subject of the fourth series of the show, which has been commissioned along with a 2014 Christmas special, and the shows future conclusion, Fellowes admitted that he still would like it all to end on his “own term”, explaining:

“My own belief is that these things have a life, and one of the tricks is to recognise when it’s time to come to an end. But we haven’t made a decision when that will be. Some things go on for 20 years, don’t they, but I just don’t see Downton being one of them.”

Watch an interview with Julian in the clip below: