Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville has cast doubt over the future of the show
after urging its creator to 'quit while he is ahead'.
Dorset writer Julian Fellowes has enjoyed unprecedented success with the TV series, but the 49-year-old actor, who plays the Earl of Grantham, said the show should not be allowed to go on too long.
I hope Julian quits while he is ahead, but he is a wise soul, he said.
The fourth series of the show is set to begin next month.
Bonneville said that if the ITV series progresses too far in time, the storyline could end up overlapping with other period dramas such as Upstairs Downstairs, which he said was based in the 1930s. In fact the classic 1970s series was originally set in 1903, and ran through to the 1930s - so Downton Abbey has already been overlapping with it.
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