ITV addresses Downton Abbey return as producers hope ‘big stars can return

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Fans of Downton Abbey could be in for a treat as it is reported the show is set to make a return to the small screen after an eight-year hiatus.

The show ran for six years on ITV with what was supposed to be the final ever episode airing on Christmas Day 2015 pulling in an impressive 7.4 million viewers.

Two feature films followed in 2019 and 2022 which proved huge box office successes.

It was also a big hit across the pond and is the most nominated British show in Emmy history.

Now, the production company behind the hit show are believed to be attempting to entice the cast back for a seventh season.

“There is a plan which is in development and there is a lot of excitement about,” a source told MailOnline.

“There is casting taking place, and it would be great if all of the big stars can return,” they reportedly said.

“People loved Downton. It became a British institution, and it has been much missed since it left our screens.

“There is huge excitement around this project. It was a Sunday night favourite and got huge viewing figures.

“There has been very little to compete with it ever since it ended,” they pointed out.

However, ITV confirmed to that no talks have been held regarding the show’s return.

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One character who wouldn’t be returning in Maggie Smith’s irascible Dowager Countess Violet Crawley.

The character succumbed to illness at the end of the 2022 film Downton Abby: A New Era.

Getting many of the cast back may also prove problematic as they have all enjoyed huge success since appearing in the show.

The biggest success story is Lily James who played Lady Rose Aldridge, the great-niece of Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith).

She joined the series in season three but left in season five to focus on her movie career and has gone on to earn huge acclaim for roles including playing the titular character in the live action remake of Cinderella and Pamela Anderson in last year’s miniseries Pam and Tommy.

Dan Stevens has also seen his star rise since appearing as Matthew Crawley in the first three seasons of the show.

In the Season three finale, Matthew died in a car accident on the way back to Downton after he and wife Mary (Michelle Dockery) had welcomed a newborn son.

He has gone on to appear in numerous films including Eurovision and the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

The late Queen Elizabeth was a big fan of the show and watched religiously.

She also reportedly enjoyed pointing out things the production company had got wrong, because she was familiar with Highclere Castle, where it was filmed.

All series of Downton Abbey are available to watch on ITVX.

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