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Downton Abbey completes successful run

11 million people watched final episode.

Downtown Abbey, one of the most successful period dramas in the UK, ended on Sunday night, even as 11 million people remained glued to ITV to watch their favourite Doowager Countess and Lord Grantham.

Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey portrayed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them.
The first series of Julian Fellowes's period saga, which captured the imagination of audiences for seven weeks, came to its conclusion even as second series has already been com¬missioned.

The first series, costing about £1m an episode, was one of the most expensive shows to feature on TV while insiders reveal the second will cost even more.

Set in 6,000 acres of glorious Berkshire countryside, Highclere Castle was an apt choice for the Edwardian costume drama of class and manners set on a country estate belonging to the fictional Earl of Grantham.

The most-watched television costume saga since Brideshead Revisited was almost a coup for commercial broadcaster ITV, best known for gritty northern soaps, mildly demanding acrobatic game shows and singing competitions.