Arts and Entertainment Carey Mulligan would snap up a role in ITV period drama Downton Abbey if given the chance

The British actress admires Julian Fellowes after he helped launch her career

Get down and party with Mr Darcy

down to Darcy's wet shirt, says Liz Hunt

Marriage not clinches, dear reader

The British reading public's favourite ending is "dear reader, I married him", writes Ros Wynne-Jones.

LETTER : Romantic realist

Sir: Jeffrey Richards suggests ("The BBC's voice of two nations", 13 March) that the BBC is catering for two audiences in its recent successes Our Friends in the North and Pride and Prejudice. He sets the radical realist against the nostalgic romantic. Surely many viewers like myself find well-made drama of most types equally attractive - or am I alone in being a realist, with an escapist streak?

Arms and the man with pride and prejudice

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune has probably been trading arms with the Arabs."

Brontes next to scale heights of television

Novel attraction: BBC hopes 'Jane Eyre' can repeat 'Pride and Prejudice' hit

Just the place for a period drama

ONCE, the National Trust hated the idea of camera crews, actors and directors trampling all over its stately homes. Nearly always it turned down film-makers' requests to use its properties.

Dear Darcy and Elizabeth

The pleasures of Pemberley may be dulled by the pressures of the in-laws, but remember - everyone has great expectations of you. Don't dash our romantic hopes

Such subtlety, such elegance, such good taste

Caroline Donald swoons at the colours of 'Pride and Prejudice'

BBC cashes in as 'Darcy phenomenon' has nation in a swoon

'Pride and Prejudice': Video sales of the hit BBC television series reach 70,000 as fans fall under the spell of its brooding hero

LEADING ARTICLE: Pride and prejudice against ramblers

Militant ramblers are everywhere. Even Elizabeth Bennet, wasp- waisted and full-bodiced, disdaining a carriage and marching through open country in Sunday's episode of Pride and Prejudice, calls to mind the issue of the trespass laws. Her insistence on walking recalls a time when England's countryside was a freer place for those who prefer to use their legs.

how to become a complete Jane Austen bore

Visit Jane Austen's house in Chawton, near Alton in Hampshire (snappily named Jane Austen's House). It will set you back a mere pounds 2. It was upon moving there in 1811 that she had a novel published - Sense and Sensibility - and it welcomes 25,000 visitors every year. (78,000 were received in 1994 by Dove Cottage in Grasmere, the home of William Wordsworth).

Sitting it out in the servants' quarters

Pride and Prejudice starts on television on Sunday but a Wiltshire village has been living with it for months writes Decca Aitkenhead

ARTS: DRAMA: Whatever happened to Jane?

All of a sudden, Jane Austen is everywhere. But why her? And why now? Marianne Macdonald reports on the Austen industry

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