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14 August 2014updated 28 Jun 2021 4:44am

Water shame: what’s wrong with this Downton Abbey series five promo picture?

No thirst for accuracy. 

By media mole

As ITV’s dramatic dinner gong-based soap is back for its fifth series, the makers have sent out some promotional images to advertise the exciting return of some of our old favourite dinner gong-adherents.

But behind the Earl of Grantham and Lady Edith Crawley in this paint-by-numbers 1920s snapshot – the new series is set in 1924 – is something that would baffle even the most worldly underbutler.

As Metro meekly points out, plastic wasn’t created until the mid-20th century, so it’s on balance unlikely that even the Crawleys would own a screw-top plastic water bottle. And even if they did, I doubt they’d display it on their mantelpiece, what with all those ornate sumptuous jugs they have to show off.

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