Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has decided to make his opinion on period drama Downton Abbey quite clear, branding it “f**king atrocious”.
The Sherlock star, who is currently promoting BBC period drama Parade’s End, spoke to Reader’s Digest about the new series, before having a pop at Downton’s second season:
“We’re remembering that there was a world before the First World War. We’re living in a culture now that’s revering, or having a nostalgia trip with, the beginning of the 1900s.
“Although Downton traded a lot on the sentiment in the last series… but we won’t talk about that series because it was, in my opinion, f**king atrocious.”
When asked if he worried that Parade’s End would be seen as a similar type of programme to Downton, Cumberbatch, who plays the lead role of Christopher Tietjens in the show, answered:
“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 clichéd comment, ‘Oh, isn’t it awful the way there’s this upstairs-downstairs divide’.”
September’s issue of Reader’s Digest is out on 21 September. Parade’s End starts on 24 August on BBC Two.