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Inside the Appeal of ‘Downton Abbey’

As Downton Abbey’s sixth and final season gets ready to air on PBS in the United States, executive producer Gareth Neame reflects on the show’s unexpected success story, which made it PBS’ top-rated drama of all time. 

Downton took the audience back to a world that perhaps they’d forget how much they enjoyed and did it with fast-paced storytelling and multiple narratives, multiple characters and a mixture of drama, romance and comedy,” Neame tells Adweek. “I think it also reminded people how much romantic love rather than sex is something audiences around the world have appreciated.”