Arts and Entertainment Downton Abbey may be on our screens until 2020

The show's producer has said there are 'no plans' to end the period drama

Between The Sheets: What’s really going on in the world of books

Books about royalty were a highlight of 2013, with the birth of Prince George (right) unleashing a right royal deluge of biographies of the young family, picture books of the young family, children’s books with cute cartoon versions the young family ... our favourite was by Nicholas Allan (practically a royal biographer since the huge success of his searingly insightful portrait The Queen’s Knickers in 1998): The Royal Nappy shows regal diapers since Henry VIII’s which, oddly, don’t get a mention in the year’s favourite history genre – the biographies of characters from Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall books. And still they come: Robert Hutchinson’s Thomas Cromwell and Susan Bordo’s The Creation of Anne Boleyn are out in the new year.

Dowton Abbey star Jim Carter slams “old Etonians” running the country

Dowton Abbey star Jim Carter slams 'old Etonians' running the country

Dowton Abbey star Jim Carter has hit out at the “old Etonians” he says are still running the country.

Lady Rose dances with the Prince of Wales in the Downton Abbey Christmas special 2013

Downton Abbey Christmas special 2013: New pictures released

Rose is presented to the King while Edith struggles with her moral dilemma

The cast of Downton Abbey will be back for a two hour Christmas special

Downton Abbey Christmas special trailer released

Lady Grantham and Cora's mother exchange cold words this Christmas

Joanna Froggatt as Anna Bates, who was raped by a visiting valet in Downton Abbey

Viewers complain following Downton Abbey rape scene

A spokesman for the drama said the events in the episode were 'acted and directed with great sensitivity'

Indyplus video: British TV exports

Homegrown programmes enjoy sales boom as audiences in China and East Europe tune into Downtown Abbey. Other successful British exports include Broadchurch, Parade's End, Undercover Boss and Midsomer Murders.

Watch clips for some of these below:

Lord Gillingham with Lady Mary in Downton Abbey episode three, series four

Downton Abbey series four episode three teaser

Potential suitor for Lady Mary arrives in the shape of Lord Gillingham

Posh parents: Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary with baby George, and Tom Branson with Sybbie

Downton gets lessons in how to eat a banana

It is one thing when a TV crew lets the odd anachronism creep in. But when a real countess can't get things right, well, it's enough to make Violet Crawley choke on the hors d'oeuvres.

Downton Abbey, series four: Lady Mary and her late sister Sybil's husband Tom with their respective children.

Downton Abbey series four broadcast date confirmed

The popular period drama returns Sunday 22 September

The Business Matrix: Saturday 17 August 2013

Maersk doubles shipping profits

ITV gives its dividend the X factor

ITV shares today soared 5 per cent to a record high as chief executive Adam Crozier hiked the dividend almost 40 per cent and reported that advertisers are feeling “more confidence and positivity” about the UK economy.

The Authors XI take on a Wisden XI at Vincent Square in London

Rajan's Wrong Un': How I and the finest bunch of amateur rascals brought a joyous sport to book

No sport lends itself to the prose stylist and the lyrical poet quite like cricket

Broadchurch to The Politician's Husband: Tennant's extra... we just can't get enough

He proves his versatility, moving from shabby murder squad detective to ambitious, well-groomed government minister

Alan Ball: True Blood's loss is Banshee's gain

When Alan Ball quit vampire drama True Blood at the end of its fifth season, he knew he was taking a risk. Few US show creators choose their exits – indeed The Walking Dead appears to sack one a season – and to leave, as Ball did, for an as-yet-untested show is the biggest risk of all.

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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried