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Downton Abbey to take on Spooks for Sunday night TV ratings

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Story by Jack Foley

THE final series of BBC1 spy thriller Spooks is to go head-to-head with ITV period drama Downton Abbey on Sunday nights.

The move represents a bold move by the BBC to challenge Downton‘s Sunday nihght monopoly but could anger some viewers who now face a difficult choice between two favourites.

Previously, Spooks had always been broadcast on a weekday, with the most recent series being screened on Mondays, where it attracted about six million viewers.

But both Spooks and Downton will commence at 9pm on Sunday, September 18, 2011.

In announcing its decision to give Spooks a weekend berth, the BBC said it wanted to make the last series a “special event” by screening it during the typically popular Sunday night drama slot.

A statement said: “Downton and Spooks are very different shows and offer a real alternative for audiences.”

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