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Downton Abbey returns to TV screens this Sunday. The original Downton, Highclere Castle, featured in British Pathé’s archive in 1962: http://youtu.be/ll5vAOv9hBg

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Downton Abbey – Yes, one is aware this is not a book

If Downton has left one wanting for riveting British class drama, try these…

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishguro for an aged butler reflecting on a life of service to a “great gentleman”

Atonement by Iain McEwan for young love torn apart by class, war, and misunderstanding

Longbourn by Jo Baker for below stairs drama in a retelling of Pride and Prejudice from the servants’ perspective

The Suspicions of Mr Witcher by Kate Summerscale for a whodunnit at a wealthy estate, based on real events

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