Change – and fire – is in the air in the season five premiere of Downton: There’s a new government. The help is beginning to educate itself. And Lady Mary ( Michelle Dockery, above) is questioning the idea of committing to a man for life without having … “you know”. Her solution to this conundrum is, frankly, scandalous.
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New UK series is a must- watch. It borrows all the best bits of the Scandinavian invasion ( murder, locations, weirdness, Sofie Gråbøl), then adds a spot of Twin Peaks, polar bear paranoia and Stanley Tucci. A quiet Arctic Circle town is rocked by a grisly attack. If a bear didn’t do it, who did?
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Last year’s guilty pleasure returns with a bang. Jackie is wowed by Lydia’s weight loss (“She’s been shagging, exercising, squatting…”). Chyka ( right) believes in Jackie’s psychic powers. New housewife Gamble doesn’t; but then Gamble’s life motto is “to calorie count”. The other newbie, Pettifleur, enjoys going commando.