Seven Sunday nights in Autumn last year saw my Twitter feed full of praise for new ITV drama Downton Abbey. It really annoyed me that I wasn't able to join in as it sounded exactly the sort of thing I, as a child raised on the antics of Mrs Bridges and the Bellamys in Upstairs Downstairs, would love.
The reason? STV's protracted and unnecessary dispute with ITV which basically meant that anything decent ITV produced was not shown in Scotland. Unless people were lucky enough to have the Infernal Wickedness of Sky, they couldn't see this quality drama up here. And what did we have in its place - home grown, maybe, but still tired old Taggart.
I spent £15 on the DVD in January. It was definitely worth it, but I feel a bit cheated that I had to.
Happily, though, the BBC reports that the second series will be shown on STV after it resolved its dispute with ITV. This means that we'll get the first season on Sunday afternoons in August and then the second series plays from 18th September.
If you haven't seen it, do take the chance to watch it. The interplay between Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton is fantastic. The characters are very well written and portrayed, the plots interesting and the photography is absolutely beautiful.