I’ll admit that Downton Abbey, especially in its second season, is not exactly the most brilliant work of dramatic art ever produced, but really?:
Benedict Cumberbatch has called Downton Abbey “f****** atrocious” as his rival period drama is about to hit our screens.
He said: “We’re remembering that there was a world before the First World War. We’re living in a culture now that’s revering, or having a nostalgia trip with, the beginning of the 1900s.
“Although Downton traded a lot on the sentiment in the last series… but we won’t talk about that series because it was, in my opinion, f****** atrocious.”
It’s interesting that this comes right after one of the actors from Downton Abbey tweeted a link to that article telling him to stfu with his whining about “posh-bashing”
But whatever, the second season really was kind of a letdown (although it was still, I think, good overall), that’s not the really gross part of this
Asked if he feared that Parade’s End would be seen as a similar type of drama when it begins later this month, Cumberbatch replied: “There was that fear, yes. I thought, ‘Are we pandering to a taste?’
“But this is so much more sophisticated, so much more unusual. You rarely see a piece about this class of people that’s this accurate, funny and pointed.
“We’re not making some clichéd comment: ‘Oh, isn’t it awful the way there’s this upstairs-downstairs divide.’ This is about class and love, an elegy to a dying era.”
“There was a social structure that had to be adhered to… Everyone was held in their place, but what was honourable about it was that there was a duty of care from the top down.”
Ah yes, those halcyon days when everyone was honorably ~in their place~
Go cry with Piers Morgan about how England needs to be an empire again