FIFTH SEASON OF "DOWNTON ABBEY" TO AIR ON "MASTERPIECE" on PBS
Production to begin in 2014
Boston, MA - November 10, 2013 - DOWNTON ABBEY, the Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R)
award-winning drama hailed by The Hollywood Reporter as "an absolute pleasure to watch,"
will return to MASTERPIECE on PBS for a fifth season.
"As American audiences ready themselves for the January 5th premiere of Season 4, our
devoted Downton fans will rest easy knowing that a fifth season is on the way," says
MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton.
Downton Abbey Season 4 recently completed its run in the UK, where it drew 11.8 million
average viewers - making it Britain's highest-rated television drama in 2013. Earlier this year,
more than 24 million viewers watched the third season of the series in the U.S., making it the
most-watched drama in PBS history.
Gareth Neame, Executive Producer of Downton Abbey and Managing Director of Carnival
Films, said, "Audiences have enjoyed their regular Sunday evening visits back to Downton
once again this autumn and we are thrilled to produce a new series of the show next year. We
promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy played out by some of the
most iconic characters on television. All the actors and makers of the show continue to be
humbled by the extraordinary audience response and want to take the show from strength to
strength next year."
"Like millions of other Downton fans, I can't wait to see what's next for the Crawley family,"
said Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS. "PBS is proud to be the home of this
extraordinarily entertaining series, and, along with our stations, we look forward to sharing
Season 5 with U.S. audiences."
Downton Abbey Season 4 will air on MASTERPIECE Sundays, January 5 through
February 23 on PBS.
Written and created by Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey, Season 4 is a Carnival Films/MASTERPIECE Co-Production. The series is executive produced by Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes and Liz Trubridge. Nigel Marchant is co-executive producer. Rupert Ryle-Hodges is the producer. The first episode is directed by David Evans. Other episodes are directed by Catherine Morshead, Philip John, Edward Hall, and Jon East. Rebecca Eaton is Executive Producer for MASTERPIECE. MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Funding for the series is provided by Viking River Cruises and Ralph Lauren Corporation with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust, created to help ensure the series' future.