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It has started again! Tonight’s episode was just as heartwarming as usual, but I have to say, I don’t understand the vogue for cakes in miniature. Who wants to eat a tiny cake? If I’m eating cake, I’m eating cake; don’t tease me with a mere mouthful! I did pick up some interesting ideas for cake recipes I might try this summer, though; lemon and blueberry sponge, raspberry and almond sponge, and battenberg, which I have never attempted. Now I actually have some time to experiment in the kitchen, I might just have a go! – Rachel

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Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series will be pretty excited to see the books have been made into a TV series, with the first season premiering in the States in August. It’s said to be the next Game of Thrones, and I have to say, it looks pretty fantastic! Check out the sneak peek here– Miranda

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I am loving this new TV show that started airing this week on Sky Atlantic. An eclectic mixture of a number of Victorian gothic tales, including Frankenstein and Dracula, it’s set in a dark and mysterious late Victorian London and stars my favourite ever bond girl, Eva Green. What’s not to love? You’ve got to give it a try – though be warned – it’s not for the weak-stomached! – Rachel

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I love a sitcom, and one of my favourites of the past few years was Twenty Twelve, a hilarious and probably frighteningly accurate portrayal of the goings-on behind the scenes of the Olympics. Much to my joy, last night a new series by the team behind Twenty Twelve was aired; named W1A, it is about what really goes on in the offices of the BBC, and is a must watch for anyone who has felt like banging their head against a brick wall in yet another meeting consisting of made up jargon and idiotic initiatives. And if you still need persuading…it does star Lord Grantham. Who looks very strange in a lanyard as opposed to a cravat. – Rachel

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There’s nothing like getting stuck into a new TV series to while away the cold winter nights. I’ve just discovered True Detective – an amazing crime drama set in Louisiana and starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. I’m already addicted. This is quality TV at its best! – Rachel

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I am loving the new series of Mr Selfridge so far. It almost makes me want to go back to a now very distant past when I too worked in retail. But then I remember that my boss looked nothing like Jeremy Piven. And I certainly didn’t earn enough cash to look as glamorous as the shop assistants of Edwardian London! – Rachel

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I have been much amused this week by watching the first episodes of a new TV series chronicling the often painful experiences of six young trainee teachers in London schools. If you want to catch a glimpse of what us Old Fashioned Girls do for our living, tune in and see for yourself. Though I must say, even my most apathetic students look like absolute angels compared to the kids on this programme! – Rachel

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On quiet Saturday nights in, I love to curl up with some knitting, a glass of wine and a good TV show. My current obsession is the brilliant Danish political drama Borgen, which boasts a strong cast of complex and powerful female characters (why is Scandi TV especially so good at portraying women?). Whilst Birgitte tends more to attractive skirt suits than Faroese knitwear (à la Sarah Lund), I could see her wrapped up in this beautiful cowl from Blue Sky Alpacas. I’ve decided it’s the perfect new knitting project for me, anyway, and have purchased the pattern and plan a trip to the fabulous Loop for the yarn. This will be my first time working with more than one colour, so I’m quite excited (although may have to save easier projects for coping with television subtitles at the same time!).  – Miranda