Downton Abbey makes gaffe in publicity photo

Last updated 13:31 15/08/2014
Sydney Morning Herald

Look closely at this promo picture for the 1924 period drama Downton Abbey because the producers clearly didn't.

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It rather takes away from the aura, doesn't it? 

Robert, Earl of Grantham, and Lady Edith Crawley stood in front the grand mantelpiece.

The Earl's dinner suit gloriously fastooned, the lady's dinner gown in the style of 1924 - French chic. 

Then, just above the marble mantle, between the sets of baroque vases and just below the romantic hunting portrait, it sits.

A plastic cylinder of unmistakable proportions. 

Downton Abbey your water bottle is showing. 

Downton Abbey details the exploits of the British aristocracy during the early 20th century.

The publicity image was released on Thursday for the upcoming fifth series of the popular franchise. 

The photograph has left the producers, publicists and photographers red faced, after it was pointed out to them that commercial water bottles were not produced until the 1960's. 

It's not the only distracting prop that has managed to sneak its way into the series.

In the first season a TV aerial antenna was seen spouting from a house - the year was 1912. 

After the water bottle image was pointed out to the shows producers, they swiftly removed it from their Facebook marketing page.

It was too late, the internet had struck, and plenty of fans were waiting for their chance to contribute to the series. 

For those less interested in historical inaccuracies and more enthusiastic about the scandals of the British aristocracy, the show's creator Julian Fellowes, has said that this series will be about the characters coming to terms with the industrial world. 

"We've got to the stage when it's becoming clearer and clearer that the world really is a different place to the one it was 10 years before," he said. "All of our characters have to make adjustments."

"And so the show this year is about them dealing with the fact that they're now incontrovertibly living in the modern world."

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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