Executive producer has said there are no plans to axe Downton Abbey after the 5th series.

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Gareth Neame has spoken out after creator and writer of Downton Abbey Julian Fellowes said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that the show would not go on for ever. The popular period drama centered around the Crawley family has just begun screening the fourth series on PBS in America.

Speaking the AFP News Agency, Neame said: “It won’t go on forever. No show does … (but) the show will live to an age of somewhere between five and 10 years.”

He added that he wants Downton Abbey to come to an end at the “right time” rather than keeps going on past its best. The show which stars Dame Maggie Smith launched on ITV in 2010 and has been a success in the UK, US and around the world.

The fourth series premier on Sunday in America attracted over 10 million viewers for PBS. Series 5 is expected to be filmed in the Spring ready to air in Autumn in the UK.

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