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Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Popular ITV period drama, Downton Abbey, has been lambasted by viewers and critics alike after complaints that some scenes were shot that simply couldn't have happened in 1912.

The flagship drama has attracted upwards of 8 million viewers as fans follow the daily lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants.

However, it is the tales of historical inaccuracies that are set to overshadow the gripping plot, with hundreds of fans highlighting these gaffes on telly forums.

Eagle eyed costume drama enthusiasts have noted:

1) Servants enjoying much more leisure time, than would have happened in reality, by watching 42 inch widescreen TV's, complete with Sky+ boxes and playing Nintendo Wii games consoles. Many critics have suggested the drama be re-named 'Down Time Abbey.'

2) Smokers huddling together, outside in the rain. Such draconian, cruel measures would never have happened in the post Edwardian era.

3) In one scene, leading lady Dame Maggie Smith is distracted from her needlework to hear a cat miaowing which she later found dumped in a wheelie bin; an invention that would not be introduced to the UK for at least another 80 years. The method in which the cat was dispatched was also called into question as cat disposal was done by drowning.

4) In another scene, a woman was seen eating a large doner kebab with hot chilli sauce, a food totally alien to the UK palette in 1912, before urinating on a war memorial. Remember, this was some 2 years before the outbreak of the Great War so how could producers have filmed a memorial to a war that hadn't even happened ?

5) Black servant girl, Gamu Nhengo is captured in one scene wearing a t shirt saying 'Cheryl Cole's A Bastard For Not Ringing.' Historians can find no record of any 'Cheryl Cole' existing around that time frame. They also argue that the servant herself is chronologically out of line as black people weren't invented until at least 1952."

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