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Downton and Dickens on PM gift list

Published 18/06/2014 | 09:57

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Downton Abbey is a big hit in China

David Cameron gave Chinese premier Li Keqiang a special memento of his trip to the UK - a copy of the shooting script for the first episode of Downton Abbey signed by the hit show's creator.

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The period drama, which has been a big hit in China, was written by Julian Fellowes, who was made a Tory peer by Mr Cameron in 2010.

The visit by Mr Li may have been intended to boost trade and Chinese investment in the UK, but Mr Cameron also handed over money to the premier in the form of a special £10 gold coin.

The lunar coin, made by the Royal Mint and designed by artist Wuon-Gean Ho, celebrates the Chinese year of the horse.

The final gift was a DVD box set of works by Charles Dickens.

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