Autumn television – All about Downton again.

I noticed it the other night when I was drawing the curtains before 9pm. It may still be August but the nights are already beginning to close in. And certain television events that remind us that Autumn is literally peering around the corner are almost upon us. Which is why now is a perfect time to check out the new BT broadband packages that are available, offering optimum opportunities for on-demand and catch-up TV, along with the best in high definition. Because, believe me, you are going to want the very best in viewing experiences for the Autumn programme.

So, what have I got in my viewing schedule for the new season?

Downton is back

Starting the series six months after the death of Matthew, Downton Abbey is back and in a sombre mood, after  carelessly losing two of its main characters in the last series.  But there are new characters to get to know and love, and we are all dying to see how the lovely Lady Edith, as ever impeccably played by Michelle Dockery, will cope after the loss of the love of her life and the birth of her baby.

A new series of the X Factor

Tulisa is gone, and Sharon Osbourne is back. And those two facts alone should be enough to bring back those who deserted the show in droves in previous seasons. Nicole Scherzinger will also be along to provide her mix of drop dead beauty and offbeat comments, and, if the fashion parade may not be as interesting as in previous shows, the combination of Nicole, Sharon and gorgeous Gary Barlow should be enough to add some real bite to this show. (See how I’m not mentioning the embarrassment that is Louis Walsh).

Peaky Blinders – A slice of 1920s Birmingham

I am always excited when I see my beloved Birmingham featured in a television series, and so the excitement levels for Peaky Blinders, which is one of the undoubted stars of the new BBC schedule, are high. Starring Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory and revolving around a gangster style gang in 1920s Brum, Peaky Blinders promises to bring the serious style of the 1920s to the small screen, offering an interesting juxtaposition with same era Downton Abbey.

What will you be watching this Autumn?

Style on the Small Screen featuring Carrie Bradshaw, Mad Men and Hayley Atwell

I must admit to being a bit of a telly addict. (I did consider naming this post Telly addicted, but then I couldn’t get thoughts of Noel Edmonds and his interesting jumpers out of my mind, so I thought better about it.) I watch all sorts of programmes, from Eastenders to Scott and Bailey, from Broadchurch to The Village, and I also love quizzes and documentaries too. But the programmes that will always catch my eye will always have an element of style to them. From the sumptuous early shopping experiences of ‘Mr Selfridge’ and ‘The Paradise’, to the stunning Arena documentary series about Norman Parkinson that was shown  on BBC4 last week, there is always at least one programme per week that is a feast for the eyes of fashionista’s. The good news is that there are currently some great BT Vision Packages available that not only allow you a great range of channels, and the option of accessing BBC I-Player on your TV, but are also currently offering a Sainsburys voucher when you subscribe.

My favourite TV programmes always seem to be playing on a random channel at any particular time. ‘Sex and the City reruns’ are played over and over, but never seem to grow old, Carrie’s style and sass is timeless and never less than relevant. And certain episodes are just so perfect that they are always a joy to watch, in particular Carrie Bradshaw as fashion roadkill in that New York fashion show (with Heidi Klum of course), or the ‘The Way We Were’ break up with Mr Big.

Another fashion classic is ‘Mad Men’. It is hard to think of a recent series that has been as influential in terms of fashion. Banana Republic has even had a highly successful Mad Men clothing range that has been influenced by the 1960s looks showcased by January Jones, Elizabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks. Megan Draper, as played by Jessica Pare, has added a new dimension with her slightly carefree, younger Pucci print ethic. You can shop all the Mad Men style with a Banana Republic credit card. Mad Men is television where sometimes the plot is of secondary importance to the clothes…and to the dashing Don Draper of course.

There are so many programmes where I sit and drool over the clothes that I have set up a special Pinterest board that is just for stylish television. Recent additions have been the 1930s elegance of ‘Dancing on the Edge’,  Hayley Atwell just killing 1940s dressing in ‘Restless’, and Romola Garai as the ever impeccable Bel in ‘The Hour’.

Bel in ‘The Hour’

Hayley Atwell in Restless

Dancing on the Edge

Do you have a TV programme that has influenced your wardrobe? Let me know your small screen style stars.