Jane Austen given stamp of greatness

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THE ROYAL Mail is set to celebrate the best of British, including author Jane Austen and the London Underground, with a range of stamps for 2013.

The stamps of the Tube will be released on 9 January to mark the 150th anniversary of the first underground railway in the world. They track its development from the steam-driven Metropolitan Railway service to the Canary Wharf station.

This year also marks the bicentenary of the publication of Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen’s most popular novel. It will be celebrated as part of a six-stamp set on sale from 21 February and will feature scenes from Austen’s other works.

The 50th anniversary of the longest-running sci-fi series in TV history, Doctor Who, will be marked with a special set of 11 stamps on 26 March. They will feature each of the actors who have played the Time Lord.

Others commemorate football heroes, British auto­motive legends and dinosaurs, and there is a set of Christmas stamps.

Andrew Hammond, managing director of Royal Mail Stamps, said stamps provided to mark last summer’s Olympics had proved a hard act to follow.

But he added: “The 2013 programme explores some of Britain’s greatest achievements from the world of literature, industry, sport and modern society in a schedule that contains something for everyone.”