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

ITV rebuilds profits but warns of long road ahead

Profits at ITV almost tripled in 2010 as the advertising market rebounded, and chief executive Adam Crozier said yesterday that his plan to overhaul the group was "gathering momentum".

ITV profits surge after ad revenue boost

Broadcasting giant ITV reported a near trebling in annual profits today as it benefited from a bounce-back in advertising revenues and hit shows such as Downton Abbey and The X Factor.

Meadows hopes to pip 'Downton'

The hit Channel 4 drama This Is England '86 , written by Shane Meadows, has four nominations for the Royal Television Society awards, more than any other show.

Leading article: The empire strikes back

American television viewers must be wondering what's hit them.

Campaign grows against cuts that would shut 375 libraries

Anger against the funding bloodbath facing local libraries around the country swelled yesterday as key campaigners joined increasingly widespread protests against the cuts.

The US couples who bought their own slice of Downton Abbey

In downton abbey, a wealthy American heiress rides to the rescue of a British estate's hard-up owners. Now rich viewers in the US are being invited to buy their way on to the credits of the popular ITV series, in an attempt to fill the funding gap for quality British television drama.

The Sketch: The uppers look after the lowers, and the lowers reciprocate

What had she got on her head? We were in the lobby of the House of Lords for the swearing-in of the new peers. Julian Fellowes was one of them. The writer. The actor. The author of Snobs and Downton Abbey.

Editor-At-Large: 'Upstairs, Downstairs' is being lived out in 21st-century Britain

Prince William and our future Queen Catherine say they will not employ any servants after their wedding. Will they be the first members of the royal family to do their own ironing and dusting? William's decision, perhaps taken to emphasise a desire to lead as normal a life as possible, is in contrast to his dad, who employs around 149 staff – 25 of whom are classified as "personal aides", including several butlers, valets and chefs. Charles was even rumoured to have a flunkey to squeeze out his toothpaste for him in the morning. Whatever the truth, the Prince of Wales is serviced by a large, costly team.

Stephen King: Even if in one's fond imagination there was a golden age, life expectancy has never been greater

Outlook Many of you have by now discovered that surfing the internet can conjure up all sorts of interesting material. Being an economist, I try to ignore the more obvious temptations and focus instead on facts and figures.

Fingers on the buzzer! The <i>IoS</i> bumper Boxing Day quiz of 2010

Who could forget Gaga's gory frock, the X Factor talent, or spring's very strange political liaison (and we don't mean the coalition). Matthew Bell tests your knowledge of the news, people and stinging insults that make the past 12 months a time to remember. (Answers at the bottom of the page)

Goodbye HIPs, hello to Nama &ndash; our guide to the City's new lexicon

In a rocky 2010, the Square Mile needed a new vocabulary for a new world order. Here, man of letters Richard Northedge has the last word

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Lucas and Walliams fail to take off in their airport mocumentary, but the Belgian sleuth never fails

The real Upstairs Downstairs

As the lavish period drama, now set in the 1930s, returns to TV, Andrew McCorkell offers a guide to the series, recalls its predecessor and speaks to modern-day lords, ladies and butlers

'Hollywood never suited me': Elizabeth McGovern on fleeing LA and Downton Abbey&rsquo;s Lady Cora

Engaged to Sean Penn, nominated for an Oscar &ndash; in the Eighties, Elizabeth McGovern looked set to become a Hollywood superstar. So why did Downton Abbey's lady of the manor swap LA for the Chiswick High Road?
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