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BAFTA celebrates Downton Abbey

With its exploration of the British aristocracy and social mores, Downton Abbey is a quintessentially British drama which has had incredible global recognition and success over its six-year run, including three British Academy Television Craft Awards.

It is the creation of Dorset resident Julian Fellowes who also wrote every one of its 52 episodes.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has been celebrating the phenomenon, which draws to a close on Christmas day.


MTV's back to Crash Plymouth

The festival has 'crashed' Plymouth Hoe for the past two years. Credit: ITV West Country

Music fans have got confirmed dates for when MTV Crashes Plymouth next year.

The festival will return for its third year on Plymouth Hoe on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th July.

Tickets go on sale for early birds on Monday evening. The event is organised by MTV in collaboration with Plymouth City Council.

Credit: ITV West Country

Grammy Awards: Devon band Muse nominated for Best Rock Album

Devon band Muse have been nominated for the Best Rock Album at next year's Grammies. Credit: PA Images

Muse have been nominated for the Best Rock Album at the Grammy Awards for their seventh album Drones which was released earlier this year.

It's the third time the band that came together in Teignmouth have been nominated for the award, winning once for the album The Resistance back in 2011.

Drones topped the charts in the UK, Australia and the US in June 2015.

Lead singer Matt Bellamy Credit: PA Images

Martin Clunes honoured with OBE for services to comedy and Dorset community

Doc Martin star Martin Clunes, who lives in Dorset, has been honoured with an OBE by the Queen at Windsor Castle.

The actor was given the honour for services to drama, charity and his community in Dorset.

Mr. Clunes first shot to fame in Men Behaving Badly and has since been the star of hit ITV show Doc Martin, the final episode of which aired in November.

He also holds a fair on his land near Beaminster every year.

Lionel Ritchie says 'Hello' to the Eden Sessions

Lionel Richie to play at the Eden Sessions Credit: PA

Lionel Richie is the first star announcement for next year’s Eden Sessions.

The singer-songwriter from Tuskegee Alabama, whose smash hits include Hello, Dancing on the Ceiling and All Night Long, will play at the home of the famous Biomes on Tuesday June 14, 2016, as part of his All The Hits world tour.

This will be Lionel’s first ever headline show in the South West and his first UK show since his legendary performance at Glastonbury.

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