Hankies at the ready, it's the end of an era for Downton Abbey

Hankies at the ready, it’s the end of an era for Downton Abbey.

The drapes are closing at Downton after it has been announced the iconic show has come to an end.

The next season of the popular ITV show will be its last, its makers have unbelievably announced, meaning the lords will be hanging up their top hats, and the ladies, fastening their corsets for the last time.

‘Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception,’ said the programme’s executive producer Gareth Neame.

Created by Julian Fellowes, the show follows an aristocratic family’s fortunes from 1912 to the mid-1920s.

It has been a massive hit in the States as well as the UK, bagging prestigious Baftas, Golden Globe and Emmy awards.

In doing so it has catapulted the show’s stars Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern, who’ve played the Earl and Countess of Grantham since the show began in 2010, onto the world stage and the entire cast have become household names.

More recently the preggers Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton even pitched up to see it being filmed at Ealing Studios in west London.

Let’s hope she bagged some memorabilia, because it’s not likely she’ll get the chance to go there again.

Lord Fellowes
said: ‘The Downton journey has been amazing for everyone aboard.’
He continued: ‘People ask if we knew what was going to happen when we started to make the first series and the answer is that, of course we had no idea.

‘Exactly why the series had such an impact and reached so many people around the world, all nationalities, all ages, all types, I cannot begin to explain.

‘But I do know how grateful we are to have been allowed this unique experience.’

At least they’ll be bowing out on top.

‘We wanted to close the doors of Downton Abbey when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans.

‘We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up.’

Peter Fincham, ITV’s director of television, said the show would come to an end later this year with a special on Christmas Day.

Gosh, we’ll be sobbing into our turkey!