The show's producer has said there are 'no plans' to end the period drama
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Sunday 05 February 2012
End credits on TV shows need to be more prominent, says a report from the actors' union, Equity. More than 10,000 people took part in a survey after viewers' complaints over fast-rolling and shrunken credits.
Sunday 22 January 2012
The thinking man's neglected crumpet Joan Bakewell believes that her ruling-class voice makes her unemployable by the BBC. Look how cockneys dominate the ratings: Benedict Cumberbatch, for instance, or the pearly king himself, David Attenborough.
Tuesday 17 January 2012
Every schoolchild should have the chance to study film, according to a Government-commissioned report, as Britain looks to capitalise on a "golden" age and usher in the next generation of The King's Speech-style successes.
Friday 30 December 2011
Up to 1,000 jobs are at risk as the retailer of retro-themed gifts, Past Times, is set to be put into administration in the New Year as the latest chain to fall victim to the economic crisis.
Thursday 29 December 2011
It was a case of good-news-bad-news for BP yesterday. Overnight came the declaration from a federal judge in the US that accident-prone BP was not negligent in the Prudhoe Bay oil spill in Alaska. The decision on the 2009 accident was seen as a minor victory for the British giant as it battles to repair its reputation from the Gulf of Mexico disaster. However, that was followed soon after by the announcement that its top US executive, Lamar McKay, will be subpoenaed to testify in a February trial over liability for the Deepwater Horizon blowout.
Saturday 24 December 2011
After a day feasting with the family, what will great swathes of the British public be doing on Christmas night?
Friday 23 December 2011
It's not just the return of Edina and Patsy – there's Downton, the Doctor, and Dickens. Gerard Gilbert presents his pick of the seasonal small screen
Saturday 10 December 2011
What I Learnt This Week
Monday 07 November 2011
Oh, what is one to do with a Sunday evening without the televised feuds of Ladies Mary, Edith and Sybil to entertain one, not to mention the lesser dramas surrounding Mrs Patmore and the bisexual ex-footman-turned war-profiteer with the strange accent?
Sunday 04 September 2011
Thursday 18 August 2011
"If I was a song, I'd be a Lighthouse Family B-side." So begins Jessica Ransom's hour dedicated to the unsung heroes of everyday life, the humdrum types no-one pays attention to, unless they happen to have a Fringe show to perform.
Monday 15 August 2011
There will be no dowager duchesses or sinister gay footmen, and the audience is unlikely to stretch into the millions. But a new play opening at Edinburgh Festival tomorrow will have a figure bearing a striking likeness to Lord Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, lurking in the wings.
Friday 05 August 2011
I suppose that as a card-carrying, man-mauling, moustache-twirling feminist, I should have dropped my blowtorch in sheer molten glee at the news this week that, over the past 30 years, men have upped their housework contribution some 60 per cent, according to a new survey from Oxford University. Instead, I thought, "Poor emasculated swine – now that's two genders rather than one who've been domesticated. Whoop de doo!"
Tuesday 02 August 2011
Tuesday 19 July 2011
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
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