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ITV unveils 'terrific' autumn menu

Beer, bacon and pizza are on the menu for ITV viewers later this year.

Broadcaster Richard Bacon will be inviting celebrities into his living room to chat over a drink and a Margarita in a new series on ITV4.

The broadcaster's new autumn season also includes Dame Maggie Smith in costume drama Downton Abbey, a remake of the 1970s drama Bouquet Of Barbed Wire with Trevor Eve, and the return of Belgian detective Poirot in Murder On The Orient Express.

ITV director of television Peter Fincham said: "Downton Abbey and Bouquet Of Barbed Wire are just two particular highlights of a terrific autumn season, alongside some of the nation's biggest entertainment shows, stunning factual series and, at the other end of the schedule, the exciting launch of our new breakfast programme, Daybreak, with Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley."

Stephen Tompkinson stars in a two-part police drama, DCI Banks: Aftermath, adapted from a novel by Peter Robinson, and the ghosts of the Kray twins return to inspire new crimes in Whitechapel.

There is also a new series of Bafta-winning Harry Hill's TV Burp and a one-off special of Benidorm.

Also hitting the screen is a look behind the scenes at The Savoy and a series of documentaries called Perspectives which tackle topics including mugging and the story of the Pitmen Painters - a group of miners whose love of art inspired a play by Lee Hall.

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