ITV hits Downton Abbey for six

ITV period drama Downton Abbey has been renewed for a sixth season.

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

Production on the series, produced by Carnival Films, will begin early next year and is likely to air in autumn 2015.

Season five ends on ITV on Sunday, November 9, but will return for a Christmas special later this year.  Masterpiece on PBS in the US will launch season five on January 4, 2015.