Downton Abbey is coming back to our screens 

IT WAS television gold, and now Downton Abbey the movie is in the works.Original cast members, including Michelle Dockerty and Joanne Froggatt, will return for the film.Producers have said that all the original principle cast will come back for the production, set to start filming this year.

Taking to social media site Instagram, Dockerty, who played Lady Mary Crawley, wrote: “The secret’s out.. thrilled to announce that Downton Abbey is coming to the big screen.”

Froggatt, who played lady’s maid Anna Bates added: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together.” Downton’s creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay for the new film and will co-produce. Downton Abbey followed the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the start of the 20th century [ . . . ]

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Unforgotten –  nobody escapes the past in a finale full of redemption

We find out who killed Jimmy (take a bow, one of the commenters from episode three’s blog) in an episode that ties up the loose ends via a wedding, a funeral and a suicide [ . . .]  *** SPOILER ALERT ***

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MASTERPIECE Podcast: Nicola Walker

Nicola Walker leads the crime-fighting duo on the new MASTERPIECE Mystery! drama, Unforgotten. But the series’ complicated cold-case investigations surprise even her as they unfold week after week. Walker shares stories of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Broadway and why she could never be counted on to keep a criminal secret.

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Paul Hollywood: “I have missed Mary, Mel and Sue”

The Bake Off presenter admits it was hard filming the new series without the old gang

Paul Hollywood has revealed that he “missed Mary, Mel and Sue” and that filming the new series of The Great British Bake Off has been “hard” at times.

RADIOTIMES :: Bake Off left its home on BBC1 last year after it was bought by Channel 4 for £25 million. Presenters Mel and Sue decided not to “go with the dough” and follow the show to the new broadcaster, as did judge Mary Berry. However, Paul Hollywood stuck with the programme during its switch and will reprise his judging role in the new series.

“I have missed Mary, Mel and Sue,” Hollywood told Closer. “When I started filming the new Bake Off it was hard.” [ . . . ]

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The Crown, Season 2: How True Is It?

It sure seems real, sumptuously produced and beautifully acted. But how much truth? How much fiction?

Season 2 of the successful Netflix series The Crown that premieres Friday, December 8,  kicks off with a taboo subject: the rumored infidelity of the British monarch’s husband, Prince Philip, with a fictional ballet dancer (which is based on rumors at the time of an affair with the actress Pat Kirkwood.)

At the same time, some biographers like Sarah Bradford in her book Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times, present his infidelity as a fact, adding that she talked with two women who had been romantically involved with the royal consort.

The answer about how close is The Crown to the real life of the British royals, though, is very nuanced. After all, throughout its history the royal family has become quite adept at keeping secrets.

“The series is incredibly accurate and true to the history,” Robert Lacey, a historical biographer and consultant for the series who just published his new book, The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1: Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill and the Making of a Young Queen (1947-1955), told royal correspondent Tom Sykes. “If you go into the Left Bank offices—Left Bank being the company producing the series for Netflix—the first thing you see is a huge newsroom with eight full-time researchers working away, and that’s just the start, the raw material.” | Read More at : The Crown, Season 2: How True Is It?