‘Downton Abbey’ movie will begin filming at ‘the end of this year’

It looks production is finally gearing up for the long-awaited Downton Abbey film. Rumours surrounding the movie have been going around for over a year now, with a production source announcing in January that “the financing ducks are being lined up very nicely.” A PR representative for actor Jeremy Swift, who played Spratt in the final three seasons of Downton … >

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‘Inspector George Gently’ Season 8 trailer

Inspector George Gently returns to BBC One soon for a new season and the first trailer has been released. Starring Martin Shaw as Gently and Lee Ingleby (Our Zoo) as Bacchus, the period crime drama is back with four new feature-length films set in 1969. Watch the trailer… Season 8 is expected to begin later … >

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‘Downton Abbey’ Christmas 2014 special review

This year’s feature-length festive special is brimming with the things we love: sumptuous dinner parties, carols by the Christmas tree in the great hall, and happily-resolved plot lines. Not a single dead body anywhere. The episode opens with the Downton crowd preparing to attend a grouse-shooting party at Brancaster Castle. Lord Sinderby has rented it … >

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12 hints for this year’s ‘Downton Abbey’ Christmas special

Downton Abbey returns next month for the period drama’s traditional festive special. Exact plot details are being kept under wraps until Christmas day (and we all know what that meant for poor Matthew a couple of years ago), but here’s what we know so far…   The episode will run for a feature-length two hours. … >

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‘Downton Abbey’ first look: Christmas special cast photo

ITV has released a new promotional photo for this year’s Downton Abbey Christmas special. Filmed at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, the two-hour episode rejoins the family in the early autumn of 1924 and sees New Tricks star Alun Armstrong join the cast as Stowell, the Sinderbys’ butler. Jane Lapotaire (Blind Justice) also joins as Princess … >

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‘Inspector George Gently’ guest stars announced for Series 8

Downton Abbey actress Lesley Nicol will guest star in the new series of Inspector George Gently. Four new feature-length films are currently being filmed in Durham and the North East, starring Martin Shaw as Gently and Lee Ingleby (Our Zoo) as Bacchus. Episode 1, ‘Do Not Go Gently’, sees Gently investigating a rape of a … >

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Rewind: ‘The Smoking Room’ revisited

In all likelihood, there is no way that BBC Three’s short-lived and quietly hilarious sitcom The Smoking Room will ever make a comeback. Can you imagine a whole show based around smoking being commissioned these days? It’s been barely a decade since the show ran, and it managed to catch the very tail end of … >

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