Downton Abbey Christmas Special

 

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LOOKS like cook Mrs Patmore is going to be busy in the kitchen next Christmas.

 

We already knew that a second series of Downton Abbey is to begin filming next month.

 

With eight episodes to be screened on ITV1 this autumn.

 

Now – hot off the (freshly ironed) press – comes news that they will be followed by a Christmas 2011 special.

 

It will continue the story from where the second series ends.

 

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Here are more details from the ITV press release issued for release a minute or so ago:

 

Gareth Neame, Executive Producer and Managing Director, Carnival Films says, “The public’s reaction to the first series of Downton Abbey was gratifying.  

 

“With a combined audience of 12.8 million people tuning into the last episode we are delighted ITV have decided to return with all the main characters of Downton at Christmas.”

 

Laura Mackie, Director of Drama, ITV said: “Julian Fellowes has come up with a fantastic story that will give the audience the chance to enjoy the experience of the festive season at Downton Abbey. We’re delighted to have this as part of our Christmas schedule for December 2011.”

 

Downton Abbey premiered on ITV1 on 26th September 2010 with an aggregate audience of 11.8million and finished on 7th November with an aggregate audience of 12.8 million (ITV1+HD+Repeat+ITV Player) making episode seven the biggest audience for an episode of a new drama series on any channel since 2003.

 

Furthermore, Downton Abbey has just opened the ‘Classic’ season on Masterpiece in the U.S. (9th January). Early figures show that it has doubled the season’s average audience reaching 6.7 million people making it the highest rated show Masterpiece has transmitted in recent years.

 

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3 thoughts on “Downton Abbey Christmas Special

  1. badblokebob says:

    with an aggregate audience of 12.8 million (ITV1+HD+Repeat+ITV Player) making episode seven the biggest audience for an episode of a new drama series on any channel since 2003.

  2. badblokebob says:

    I apologise, most of my comment seems to have gone walkabout. The reason I quoted that section was because I find it very hard to believe — indeed, I know it to be a lie. Under those rules (main channel + HD + repeat + website catch-up views) the first episode of the most recent series of Doctor Who garnered 13.6 million viewers. I’m sure it’s not the only example. I know that it doesn’t really matter and a little ratings tidbit isn’t the point of the news story, but I dislike blatant falsehoods in press releases.

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