Benedict Cumberbatch slams Downton Abbey again?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 August 2012
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch has hit out at 'Downton Abbey' again claiming his new TV show 'Parade's End' is far more sophisticated

Benedict Cumberbatch has hit out at 'Downton Abbey' again.

The 'Sherlock' star has taken on the role of wealthy statistician Christopher Tietjens in new BBC drama 'Parade's End', a compelling tale of thwarted love in First World War England and Benedict says it is more "sophisticated" than rival period dramas.

According to The Sun newspaper, he said: "You rarely see a piece about this class of people that is this accurate, funny and pointed, but also three-dimensional.

"We're not serving purposes to make some cliched comment about, 'Oh, isn't it awful the way there's this upstairs-downstairs divide'."

Benedict has claimed his previous comments, when he insisted 'Downton Abbey' didn't deserve its Golden Globe award because season two was so poor, was a joke.

He said: "First of all, I knew it was the first [season] that it was getting awarded for, so that was the first part of the joke. The second part is that Rebecca Eaton, the executive producer on 'Sherlock' and 'Downton,' is a friend. The third, and probably the most important, is that Julian Fellowes has known me since I was born. Dan Stevens is one of my good friends - one of my closest friends in England - as is Michelle Dockery. There's just no way I would say something like that without it being tongue-in-cheek."


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