Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has expressed his views on Series 2 of popular ITV period drama Downton Abbey.
He told Reader’s Digest:
“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**king atrocious.” 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’.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s new period drama made by the BBC, Parade’s End will be shown this Autumn.