Benedict Cumberbatch slams Downton Abbey
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.16-08-2012
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