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The fourth series of Downton Abbey will tackle race relations in the 1920s with the introduction of the period drama's first black character.

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Dame Maggie Smith picked up an award for her portrayal of the grand Dowager Countess of Grantham in country house series Downton Abbey

Dame Maggie Smith has never watched Downton Abbey

Dame Maggie Smith has revealed she has never watched a single episode of her ratings hit Downton Abbey.

Cast of BBC2's The Hour

Time's up for The Hour as BBC axes third series

The end is nigh for the period drama set in a 1950s newsroom

Dr Turner (STEPHEN McGANN), Sister Bernadette (LAURA MAIN)

Call The Midwife writer keeps husband (who stars in the show) in the dark over plot

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Style over substance: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew Goode in the disappointing Dancing on the Edge

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In-store entertainment: Jeremy Piven plays Harry Selfridge in ITV1's new drama Mr Selfridge

ITV confirms Mr Selfridge is to return to shop floor for second series

Jeremy Piven is to return to the shopfloor after ITV bosses ordered a further series of drama Mr Selfridge.

Marianne Faithfull and Peter Gilmore, Gilmore has died at the age of 81.

The Onedin Line star Peter Gilmore dies aged 81

Actor Peter Gilmore, who headed the cast of long-running BBC seafaring drama The Onedin Lane, has died at the age of 81.

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Star Wars Yoda film: a bit green, but a great leading man...

Since Disney snapped up the Star Wars franchise, the web has been awash with speculation about what it’s going to do with its new, money-spinning plaything.

Benedict Cumberbatch shared the Best Actor category at the Laurence Olivier Awards with his co-star Jonny Lee Miller in Danny Boyle’s adaptation of which famous work of fiction? 

‘Posh’ the Movie: Which of Britain's toff actors should star in the screen adaptation of Laura Wade's hit play?

Screen Daily have announced that Laura Wade's critically acclaimed play about the Riot Club, a drinking society made up of Oxford University's privileged elite will be made into a film. Shooting starts in May and An Education's Lone Scherfig will direct. Not much time, then, to cast the leads. Luckily, Independent Voices and when it comes to posh actors, Britain is, of course, blessed with the very best of them. But who's the poshest of them all?

The Saturday Quiz

1. Which philosopher (1889-1951) said: "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent"?

'Dollshouse Downton' being created by 17-year-old schoolgirls Grace Venning and Tanvi Punatar

Animal magic from Dollshouse Downton duo

Maggie Smith won a Golden Globe this week for best supporting actress in Downton Abbey for her role as Violet, Dowager Duchess of Grantham. Fans of the ITV show now wait patiently for series 4 – but in the meantime a clever spoof of the show named Dollshouse Downton is available to watch on YouTube with haughty Violet played by a duck with a bonnet. She joins a cast of other characters played by the Sylvanian Families animal characters and Beatrix Potter figurines.

BBC continues to trounce ITV in festive television ratings battle

On Saturday night a news bulletin was ITV1's most-watched programme - with several primetime programmes failing to gain audiences of 2 million

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