You will have read by now that the blundering period series of bewildering popularity has recruited Dame Kiri to boost its flagging spirits.
A sharp-eyed reader further informs us that the series has also roped in the British tenor Julian Ovenden, a Decca artist who has appeared twice at the Proms and is married to the operatic soprano, Kate Royal.
Julian, a musical theatre specialist who has sung in Sondheim and Rodgers and Hammerstein shows, describes himself as ‘a stage and screen actor’ – not, though he is classically trained, a professional singer (one in the family is probably enough). In Downton he will play – what else? – a British aristocrat.