Downton Abbey: series 3 commissioned
Several online sources, including The Guardian and Radio Times are reporting that Downton Abbey will return next year for series 3. Filming for series 3 will apparently begin in the new year and be broadcast in September 2012.
It’s the least surprising news of the TV year: there will be a third series of Downton Abbey on ITV1 in 2012.
Eight new episodes are to be filmed, set in 1920 and 1921 and covering 18 months in the lives of the Crawley family and their staff. Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Penelope Wilton, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Rob James-Collier, Siobhan Finneran, Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle, Allen Leech and Amy Nuttall all return for the third series, which will be written once again by Julian Fellowes and retains the same production team.
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