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

The Week In Radio: No place like Rome as the emperor strikes back

When you're freezing cold, financially anxious, and face weeks of trudging through aisles of iPod socks and novelty candles, what you really need is comfort. Downton Abbey was superlative comfort telly, a great plum pudding of heart-warming clichés and stereotypes done to perfection. But radio has its comfort-listening too.

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (28/11/10)

Still talking turkey

Joanne Froggatt: From maid's outfit to army fatigues

After her turn as a servant in 'Downton Abbey', the Yorkshire actress's first feature film role couldn't have been more different: that of a soldier. Susie Mesure meets Joanne Froggatt

Tribunal awards maid &#163;7,500 in 'real-life Downton Abbey' case

This autumn the nation was gripped by the Machiavellian scheming at the heart of ITV period drama Downton Abbey. We collectively railed against the duplicity of lady's maid O'Brien and her partner in crime, footman Thomas, breathing a sigh of relief when their employer the Earl of Grantham closed his ears to their malicious rumour-mongering.

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By Royal appointment: how an ITV hack won the prince's trust

Tom Bradby tells Matthew Bell why Prince William gave him the scoop of his career

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (21/11/10)

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Downton Abbey creator to become Tory peer

The creator of hit ITV period drama Downton Abbey is to be made a Conservative peer in the House of Lords, it was revealed today.

Any Human Heart: An affair to remember

William Boyd's Any Human Heart is the sprawling story of a writer's life and loves spanning the 20th century. Gerard Gilbert hears how its author adapted for TV a work that he once considered un-filmable

ITV fights back as advertising rebounds

Revenues up by 11 per cent, but Crozier posts cautious outlook for 2011

Ian Burrell: As a new advertising dawn breaks, ITV stands ready

How ITV must be grateful for that blunder that led to Peter Fincham being fired from BBC1 for an off-air clip that misrepresented the Queen and gave Britain's biggest commercial broadcaster the chance to hire one of the television industry's creative powerhouses.

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The return of the working-class hero

Boyd Tonkin: Abbey habits and market forces

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