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The same night costume drama Downton Abbey returned to British TV screens, it trounced all comers at the Emmy awards - and other period pieces such as Mad Men and Mildred Pierce also did well. Test yourself on corset-constrained telly.
1.) Multiple Choice Question
Highclere Castle in Berkshire stars as the fictional Downton Abbey. In the new series - set in 1916 - the stately home is turned into a military hospital. What was Highclere itself used for during World War I?
- Hospital for TB patients
- Military hospital
- Home for evacuated children
2.) Multiple Choice Question
Which grand dame of British acting was co-creator of ITV's acclaimed Upstairs Downstairs in the 1970s?
- Liz Smith
- June Brown
- Alison Steadman
- Eileen Atkins
3.) Multiple Choice Question
Which costume drama ranked highest on the British Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest TV programmes?
- Brideshead Revisited
- I, Claudius
- The Jewel in the Crown
- Pride and Prejudice
4.) Multiple Choice Question
A notable non-speaking character in Brideshead Revisited was Sebastian Flyte's teddy bear - the pampered aristocrat's constant companion. The bear's name?
- Archibald Ormsby-Gore
5.) Multiple Choice Question
The landmark 1970s series I, Claudius featured Livia, a powerful and scheming matriarch. Which TV hit more recently named a character in her honour?
- The Sopranos
- The Tudors
6.) Multiple Choice Question
Who lived at 165 Eaton Place?
- Servants and masters in Upstairs Downstairs
- Dressmakers Beatrice and Evie Eliott (The House of Eliott, left)
- Ambitious cook Louisa Leyton (The Duchess of Duke Street, right)
7.) Multiple Choice Question
And finally, comedian Johnny "Monkey!" Vegas starred in a costume drama with Carey "Oscar nominee" Mulligan. True or false?
- Highclere was a hospital for wounded soldiers under the auspices of Lady Almina, the fifth countess - who was, incidentally, the illegitimate daughter of banking tycoon Alfred de Rothschild.
- It was Dame Eileen Atkins, pictured here in series one of the BBC's recent Upstairs Downstairs remake. Her co-creator was Jean Marsh, who played parlourmaid Rose Buck.
- Brideshead Revisited was the highest ranking costume drama in the comprehensive poll conducted in 2000. The ITV series came in at number 10, just ahead of the BBC's I, Claudius.
- It was Aloysius. The relationship between stuffed toy and grown man was said to have been inspired by John Betjeman, who brought his teddy Archibald Ormsby-Gore - Archie for short - to Oxford University.
- It's The Sopranos, in which crime boss Tony Soprano's manipulative mother was called Livia.
- It's the servants and masters of Upstairs Downstairs. Eaton Place is near Sloane Square in London.
- It's true. In the BBC's adaptation of Bleak House, he played Krook, who spontaneously combusted, and she was the fragrant Ada Clare.
0 - 3 : In the cellar
4 - 6 : Downstairs
7 - 7 : Upstairs
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