Stamps to celebrate best of British

A stamp from the Royal Mail's series of best of British 2013 Special Stamp programme

A stamp from the Royal Mail's series of best of British 2013 Special Stamp programme

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The Royal Mail is set to celebrate the best of British, including Doctor Who, Jane Austen and the London Underground, with a range of stamps for 2013.

The London Underground stamps will be released on January 9 to mark the 150th anniversary of the first underground railway in the world. The stamps track the Underground's development from the first steam-driven Metropolitan Railway service through to the current Canary Wharf station.

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

Others will commemorate football heroes, British automotive legends, dinosaurs and a set of Christmas stamps - which will take on a religious theme.

Andrew Hammond, managing director of Royal Mail Stamps, said: "We had a fantastic programme last year across a variety of different topics and capped it off with our hugely popular Gold Medal stamps.

"That's a unique act to follow but the 2013 programme explores some of Britain's greatest achievements from the world of literature, industry, sport and modern society in a schedule that certainly contains something for everyone."

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