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ITV orders third season of 'Downton Abbey'

British television network ITV says it has ordered a third season of its popular period drama series Downton Abbey, starring Maggie Smith. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
British television network ITV says it has ordered a third season of its popular period drama series "Downton Abbey," starring Maggie Smith. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh) | License Photo

LONDON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- British television network ITV says it has ordered a third season of its popular period drama series "Downton Abbey."

The BBC reported the third season will be set in the 1920s and consist of eight episodes. It is to premiere next year on British television, then subsequently on America's PBS stations.

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Starring Hugh Bonneville and Maggie Smith, the show follows the lives of the wealthy Crawley family and their servants.

Series creator Julian Fellowes said he was "extremely grateful to ITV" for ordering a third season, the BBC reported.

"I have grown very fond of my Downton family and I certainly do not want to say goodbye to them quite yet," Fellowes said.

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