Downton Abbey Series 5 – Plus that water bottle..
Last week, fans of hit TV show Downton Abbey were thrilled when an official press shot for the programme was released with a water bottle in the background. Talk about a glaring anachronism!
The promotional image, which was released ahead of the new series (due to start in September), showed Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael in character as Robert Crawley and Lady Edith standing in front of the fireplace at Downton Abbey. However, fans of the show were quick to realise there was a very modern, un-1920s plastic water bottle on the mantlepiece behind them. Whoops!
However, following the huge gaffe, the cast of the ITV drama series embraced ‘water bottle-gate’ and posed for a picture, each of them holding water bottles. They have also used the opportunity to raise money for charity WaterAid.
An ITV spokesperson said: “After seeing the reaction the picture caused earlier this week, the cast and crew came up with the idea of turning some of this attention towards an issue around water that really matters. They hope that by posing for this picture they will be able to raise awareness and amplify the work of international charity – WaterAid.”
We’re glad they could see the funny side of the whole snafu and turn it into something positive.
The error is from a still originally posted to the official Downton Instagram account last week, and it quickly went viral. It is not the first historical blooper, with previous episodes featuring television aerials and double-yellow lines. On the plus side, at least no one is wearing flares and platform shoes.
Downton Abbey remains the undisputed jewel in ITV’s crown. Lauded and applauded on both sides of the Atlantic, boasting millions of viewers around the world and sinking under the weight of award nominations and wins, the lavish costume drama isn’t just a slot in the telly schedules, it’s a bona fide TV event.
Anticipation is building for series five and the release of images on the official Downton Instagram account will certainly get tongues wagging.
For starters, the series is clearly jumping forward a few years again as the pictures of George – the son of Lady Mary (played by Michelle Dockery) and the late Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) – and Sybbie, the daughter of Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) – illustrate.
Alongside the photos, was the following message: “The dear children of #Downton Abbey are growing up. We are most delighted to introduce Oliver and Zac Barker who will play Master George Crawley in the upcoming new series.
An ITV spokesperson told Digital Spy: “After seeing the reaction the picture caused earlier this week, the cast and crew came up with the idea of turning some of this attention towards an issue around water that really matters.
“They hope that by posing for this picture they will be able to raise awareness and amplify the work of international charity WaterAid.”
A Downton Abbey spokesperson added: “It’s testament to the huge success of Downton that something like this makes headlines around the world.”
Teaser trailer for series 5 appearing on our screens in Sept!