Benedict Cumberbatch slams Downton Abbey
- Bang Showbiz
- 16 August 2012
Benedict Cumberbatch has slammed 'Downton Abbey's second season as "f*****g atrocious"
Benedict Cumberbatch thinks 'Downton Abbey's second season was "f*****g atrocious".
The 36-year-old actor claims his new BBC drama 'Parade's End' - which was adapted by Sir Tom Stoppard from Ford Maddox Ford's epic war novel - is better than the ITV1 period drama at portraying real feeling and nostalgia.
Benedict told Reader's Digest magazine: "We're remembering that there was a world before the First World War.
"We're having a culture now that's revering, or having a nostalgia trip with, the beginning of the 1900s.
"Although 'Downton' traded a lot of the sentiment in the last series... but we won't talk about that series because it was, in my opinion, f*****g atrocious."
Benedict stars as government tactician Christopher Tietjens, who is trapped in a loveless marriage until his world is turned upside down when he's called to war in the five-part drama.
The 'Sherlock' actor worried about making yet another period drama about pre-war Britain, but thinks the result is "so much more sophisticated" than other cliched attempts.
He said: "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 cliched comment, 'Oh isn't it awful the way there's this upstairs/downstairs divide?'
"This is about class and love, an elegy to a dying era. It's the final mad waltz of Edwardian society into this war-game idiocy."
'Parade's End' is on BBC Two this August.
Read the full article in the September issue of Reader's Digest, in shops 21st August.