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Downton Abbey episode three dipped slightly to 9.2m viewers, as Homeland season three returned to Channel 4 with 2.2m

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There has never been a shortage of stage and film adaptations of A Tale of Two Cities. The unique selling point of this production is that it is the professional premiere of a version of Dickens's novel that was co-written in 1935 by Terence Rattigan and John Gielgud for a West End management. 

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Downton Abbey's second episode scores 9.6m viewers for ITV

The drama's ratings continue to go from strength to strength after last week's record-breaking season premiere

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Downton Abbey star Jim Carter has taken part in a 1,000 mile cycle tour as part of a bid to recreate the spirit of the Olympics.

Clowning around: Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Phil Burgers' workshops are a hit with fellow comedians

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Hollywood star Keira Knightley says she felt guilty and began to doubt herself because of her casting in so many period films.

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