The show's producer has said there are 'no plans' to end the period drama
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Monday 11 July 2011
Baron Fellowes of West Stafford, the actor, scriptwriter and Tory peer better known as Julian Fellowes is, with his wife Emma, something of a dachshund enthusiast. So much so that yesterday he allowed the grounds of his country home to be overrun by the dogs and their owners. Amid the glory of the Grade II listed pile that is Stafford House in Dorset, smooth and wire-haired, standard, dwarf and miniature breeds competed for the titles of prettiest bitch, waggiest tail and best legs.
Sunday 12 June 2011
Thursday 09 June 2011
Like most stereotypes, the British stiff upper lip is way past its use-by date. The reticence in the drama of Terence Rattigan, whose centenary it now is, might as well be coming from another planet compared to the emotional incontinence of today. At a time when every passing thought becomes a tweet and marital differences are arbitrated by Jeremy Kyle and a couple of bouncers, we look back at Rattigan's repressed English characters with a kind of astonishment. Compared with the shouting and weeping we're used to in radio drama, where even the Archers moan endlessly about "coping", Rattigan's conflicts are played out with exquisite understatement and restraint. But then, when the emotion finally seeps through the cracks in those upper-middle voices, how potent it sounds!
Tuesday 07 June 2011
The future of high quality British television is newly vulnerable to the threats to the DVD market which has become vital to the production of shows such as Downton Abbey.
Wednesday 25 May 2011
Julian Fellowes, the Oscar-winning creator of Downton Abbey, will sit on an expert panel reviewing government film policy.
Travel Agenda: P&O Cruises; Fissure weekend; Bike the Bay; Bermuda; Heathrow to St John's; Jumeirah Emirates Towers; Spring Festival in Austria
Saturday 21 May 2011
Today: The Downton Abbey actor, Hugh Bonneville, is master of ceremonies at the naming of the latest addition to the P&O Cruises fleet, Adonia, in Southampton. The small ship will be for adults only ( pocruises.com). And in the Yorkshire Dales, Fissure is a weekend-long theatrical event that explores the region's natural terrain through walks based in and around Ingleborough ( artevents.info)
Friday 20 May 2011
Wednesday 11 May 2011
The creative industries make a big contribution to our economic success. They represent more than 6 per cent of GDP, employ well over 2 million people, and export more than £17bn every year.
Wednesday 20 April 2011
The ITV show The Only Way Is Essex has been shortlisted for a Bafta, but faces stiff competition from some more highbrow hits.
Sunday 17 April 2011
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Sunday 27 March 2011
We will pay the same licence fee – £145.50 a year – until 2016, but what can we expect in return? The BBC has been holding a series of open meetings for staff to thrash out the options, and some radical ideas, such as turning BBC2 into a repeat channel and shutting down programming nightly at 10.35pm, have been discussed. The corporation has to make a 20 per cent cut in operating costs to save £1.3bn over the next four years. Forget over-rewarded top brass; sacking a few executives is a drop in the ocean. To make matters worse, they've got to fund a £900m shortfall in the existing pension arrangements, which works out at roughly £36 for every household in the UK.
Monday 21 March 2011
After breathing new life into ITV's Sunday night schedule with the hit period drama Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes is planning to reinvigorate the image of Agatha Christie with a film adaptation of the whodunnit Crooked House.
Friday 11 March 2011
Music: I'm digging Laura Marling, Nocturne The Blonde, Hurts, Sister Crayon, Chairlift and, of course, the gorgeous Adele who has a touch of Dusty Springfield about her. My Spotify playlist goes from Glasvegas to Jimmy Scott, lots of David Bowie from all decades and even a dash of Julio Iglesias and Goran Bregovic! Oh, and Timi Yuro, who seems to have been forgotten but what a voice!
Wednesday 09 March 2011
ITV is paying its newly installed chief executive Adam Crozier more than £1.6m for his first eight months in the job after the beleaguered broadcaster saw its profits treble.
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