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Downton Abbey producer sees drama thriving on TV

Published on Jan 8, 2014 10:10 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The global success of Downton Abbey is vivid proof that romance and drama are alive and well and thriving on the small screen, its executive producer said on Tuesday.

In a telephone interview from London, two days after season four of the post-Edwardian soap opera premiered on United States (US) public television, Gareth Neame said he remains surprised at the series' huge worldwide following.

"Because of the different ways that we can consume media, audiences around the world have much more varied diets," Mr Neame told the Agence France-Presse, referring to such innovations as mass-produced DVDs, on-demand video and Internet downloads.

"Their palate is more mature, and they are prepared to look at stories - comedies as well as drama - wherever they come from."

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