7. Julian Fellowes
The Downton scriptwriter has earned fame, fortune and an actual title – Baron Fellowes of West Stafford – for his gift for lush period detail, fondness for absurd plot twists and unfailing knowledge of which spoon to use when. He’s now off to America to make a series about class snobbery in 19th-century New York, by way of an ill-fated voyage on the Titanic which, fortunately for him, nobody watched.
The Downton Abbey Christmas special will air on Christmas Day at 8:45pm on ITV1