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'Downton Abbey.' (Photo: PBS)
'Downton Abbey.' (Photo: PBS)
‘Downton Abbey.’ (Pic: PBS)

The end is near. Downton Abbey‘s sixth and final season, due for broadcast in January 2016 on PBS, is currently in production. And, as the final shooting has wrapped over the last few days, the cast and crew have been taking to Twitter to say a fond and slightly sad goodbye to the show, using the hashtag #LastDaysofDownton.

Elizabeth McGovern (Lady Grantham) filmed her final scenes over the weekend, and tweeted a light-hearted reference to her “McGonneville” friendship with actor Hugh Bonneville:

… as well as an emotional snap from her last day on set:

Earlier today, meanwhile, screen husband-and-wife Brendan Coyle and Joanne Froggatt paid tribute to one-another:

Froggatt also found the time to give a shout to producer Liz Trubridge:

There was something slightly forlorn about this photo from the show’s historical advisor Alastair Bruce, of bedroom furniture being packed away into storage for good:

And this lovely picture of Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) with Zac and Oliver Barker, who together play her screen son George, was posted by the twins’ mother:

The show’s executive producer Gareth Neame has also been talking to The Guardian about the decision to voluntarily end the show after the sixth season. “I am very conscious, finishing the show earlier is a classic thing, quitting while ahead,” he said. “I prefer that to being two years down the line and we couldn’t secure an actor.”

Nearne also explained that while the ending of Downton won’t necessarily be happy all round, it shouldn’t be seen as a definitive final chapter for everyone concerned. “It’s focused on the end of an era. The dying of the light. The slight sense of finality. It is not Downton pulling up the drawbridge, not a thunderbolt that destroys it. We don’t have to have completely happy endings, but for the audience it is not a satisfying ending to have the place blown up. It is overwhelmingly a positive show, even when melancholic.”

Are you looking forward to the final season? Will you be sorry to see the show end?

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By Seb Patrick