Yes, bonnet fans, Downton Abbey may be over until the First World War starts next year, but to tide you over this yuletide (which is like a fancy schmancy way of saying Christmastide) is Upstairs, Downstairs, the biting drama about an Edwardian family and their staff from the 1970s. Where did Downton Abbey get the idea?
Starring Keeley Hawes and Dame Eileen Atkins it will feature such gripping storylines as someone finding a mouse on the stair right there, which the BBC will not confirm may be a little mouse with clogs on and Cook failing to sufficiently shake her Colman’s Season ‘n’ Shake chicken dish.
Among other retro fare on Her Majesty’s BBC this seasontide are Ronnie Corbett in, like, a show; Victoria Wood in something about Eric Morecombe and Ernie Wise (Ant ‘n’ Dec will be recording and re-enacting that one – throughout the coming years) and the cursed Only Fools and Horses.
Thank goodness we’re going away!