11 September 2012 6:31 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

ITV's autumn schedule is bulging with new dramas – from Leaving to The Bletchley Circle and Mrs Biggs. Have you been watching?

There's always Downton, of course. But in recent years ITV hasn't felt like the channel you turn to for big, classy dramas. Massive, all-encompassing entertainment shows, perhaps – but generally not weeknight drama to savour and discuss in the office the morning after. This autumn, however, ITV has been making a real effort to bring more quality drama into the mix.

Autumn is always when ITV brings out its biggest programming guns, as it attempts to capitalise on Christmas advertising. But there are two reasons why the channel is looking again towards drama. First, the transformative impact of Downton Abbey on ITV's image has reignited the hunger for drama at the channel, and particularly for period pieces. Second, with The X Factor and entertainment waning, ITV is rebalancing its schedule – returning, »

- Maggie Brown

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