The period drama already ended its run in the UK this fall, with a final Christmas special airing on ITV on December 25th.
Season six sees the return of the Downton gang that includes: Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery), Countess Grantham (Maggie Smith), and Mr. Carson (Jim Carter).
The series picks up in 1925 as Mary is finds new love, the romance between Mr. Carter and Mrs. Hughes blossoms, and the Grantham estate enters some financial hardships.
The season six DVDs will include the original UK episodes “as well as more than 30 minutes of bonus video.”
See a preview for season six and read the official DVD announcement below:
Arlington, VA; December 7, 2015 – PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON 6 on DVD and Blu-ray. The top-rated PBS drama of all time approaches its climactic chapter, as it enters its sixth and final season on MASTERPIECE, bringing exciting closure to a remarkable series. Where will fate, passion, ambition, and duty lead television’s most beloved characters? Millions of devoted viewers will soon find out in the final season of Downton Abbey.
Making their bittersweet farewell are members of the beloved cast, including Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Laura Carmichael, Brendan Coyle, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Kevin Doyle, Samantha Bond, David Robb, Raquel Cassidy and Michael Fox.
DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON 6 will be available on DVD and Blu-ray January 26, 2016. The DVD SRP is $49.99 and the Blu-ray SRP is $59.99. The run time is approximately 9 hours on 3 discs. The DVD and Blu-ray sets contain all of Season 6, including the finale. The DVD and Blu-ray feature the original U.K. edition of Season 6 as well as more than 30 minutes of bonus video.
Since Downton Abbey‘s first season, its audience has grown at a phenomenal rate, more than doubling by Season 5, which reached 25.5 million viewers. The show is consistently one of the most-watched dramas on American television, often beating all competitors in its Sunday night time slot.
Downton Abbey opened Season 1 with a crisis sparked by the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Having weathered the demise of a string of heirs, the horrors of World War I, the Spanish flu, false convictions and romantic betrayals, not to mention the compromising death of a Turkish diplomat in the throes of passion, Downton Abbey is primed for new surprises in Season 6.
Season 6 opens in 1925 with a series of crises reflecting the momentous changes that are transforming society. Women’s rights have given Lady Mary and Lady Edith new positions of responsibility: Mary runs the estate, and Edith manages the magazine she inherited from Michael Gregson. Meanwhile, Tom Branson has left for Boston, and newlyweds Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge are trying their luck in Jazz Age New York. Anna Bates faces a murder charge, though many still suspect her husband. And for the rest of the servants, big doubts hang over their jobs. Will great houses and the fortunes that support them soon be gone?
What do you think? Will you be watching the final season of Downton Abbey? What are your favorite moments from the series so far?