British television channel ITV has confirmed that hit drama ‘‘Downton Abbey’’ will return for a fourth season. Filming of eight new episodes for the award-winning period series will begin in southern England’s Highclere Castle and London’s Ealing Studios early next year. ‘‘Downton Abbey’’ has won fans worldwide. The third season will premiere in the United States on PBS in January. (AP)
Bjork’s surgery successful
Icelandic singer Bjork says she has had successful surgery to remove a vocal cord polyp. The eccentric 47-year-old singer says on her official website that she had been trying to tackle the problem with exercises and diets since doctors first discovered the polyp, a benign growth on either one or both of the vocal cords, several years ago.
Jazz bassist injured
Grammy-winning jazz bassist Marcus Miller and several members of his band were injured when their bus overturned Sunday on a busy highway in Switzerland, killing the driver, police said. The private bus tipped over as it drove into a bend on a highway in central Switzerland, police said. The bus was carrying 13 people — two drivers and 11 members of the Marcus Miller Band, including Miller. (AP)
Stones open in London
The Rolling Stones hit the stage at London’s O2 arena on Sunday with a roar of approval from a sea of silver-haired fans as they tore into old favorite “I Wanna Be Your Man.” A swaggering Mick Jagger dressed in sparkling silver and black rolled back the years with the 1960s hit as he bounced onto a stage shaped in the red lips logo that is the calling card for one of rock ’n’ roll’s most enduring bands. (Reuters)
Trouble in paradise
“Please remind me never to go to IKEA with my husband again.” - E.L. James, “50 Shades of Grey” author, in a holiday weekend tweet.