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of the creators of Up­stairs Down­stairs says the wave of fox-and-hound soap op­eras that her show in­spired is now ‘‘over­done’’ and noth­ing more than TV ‘‘snob­bery’’. Dame Eileen Atkins (pic­tured), who came up with the idea for Up­stairs with fel­low ac­tress Jean Marsh in the early 1970s, be­lieves the pe­riod dra­mas like Down­ton Abbey have to stop. ‘‘There’s too much of it on tele­vi­sion,’’ Atkins, 78, tells a Lon­don news­pa­per. ‘‘I’d rather they stop do­ing end­less Dick­ens or Jane Austen,’’ she says. ‘‘Peo­ple feel com­fort­able with that, be­cause they think, ‘Oh, I’m go­ing to get a bit of cul­ture now’, and also, it’s very palat­able.’’ Un­like Marsh, who played the house­keeper Rose in Up­stairs, Atkins never ap­peared in the se­ries she helped cre­ate be­cause she had sched­ul­ing con­flicts.

A third se­ries of Down­ton Abbey, mean­while, will air in Aus­tralia next year. Com­ing in 2013, Seven, Prime7

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