Still as watchable as ever is the second series of Downton Abbey, Sunday nights ITV1. If you missed the first series a condensed version via Comic Relief 2011 can be caught here and here (second clip alludes to the way that all the below stairs bits were actually filmed in Ealing.

I am reminded of Dennis Pennis surprising Emma Thompson by asking her if she’d considered playing a tampax “seeing as you love those period parts”. According to this Madame Taussaud’s has got in on the Downton act. Much commented on/ tweeted was the tasteless running Aviva sponsorship ad for life insurance featuring all sorts of disasters that seemed wrong for a storyline based on knife-edge trench action in the first world war. According to them it was all in the name of innovation. Roll on part 2 I say…

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