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Whoops! Why Fans Are Snickering About ‘Downton Abbey’

Aug 15, 2014  •  Post A Comment

PBS on Thursday released the first photos from the fifth season of the historical drama “Downton Abbey,” and one photo is generating snide remarks and snickering, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker.

That’s because one shot that features Lord Grantham, played by Hugh Bonneville, and his daughter Lady Edith, played by Laura Carmichael, also features an item that was definitely not available in 1924: a plastic water bottle.

The story notes: “If ‘Downton Abbey’ were run by another writer, say Steven Moffat or Damon Lindelof, fans would be rushing to the Internet to pick the other items on the mantle apart, looking for further clues as to what other signs of time travel may be slipped into the new season. But this is a Julian Fellowes production, and time travel is as foreign to these characters as hot wings.”

After quickly spreading around the Internet on Thursday, the photo was removed from the show’s Facebook page.

The fifth season will return to the U.S. on Jan. 4.

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Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael … and a time-traveling water bottle in a promo shot for “Downton Abbey”

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