Downton Abbey has never got it so wrong

The faux-1920s series takes great care over its period costumes, less over the authenticity of period speech and apparently none at all over mantelpieces. What’s that to the right, between the urns?


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Downton Abbey publicity photo, released last night


A 21st century plastic water bottle. Well done, Downton. Can’t wait for the mobile phones.

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  • “Downton Abbey has never got it so wrong”

    No, Downton Abbey has got this absolutely right. I find it hard to believe that, out of all the people who must have been milling around the set, as well as the two actors and the photographer, nobody noticed.

    It’s a publicity stunt, and it worked.

    • “Never ascribe to malice that which adequately can be explained by incompetence.” –Napoleon

      Or in this case, “planning.”

  • Is that show still going on? I liked the first four or five episodes but after that it rapidly degenerated into an expensive soap opera.

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