Sherlock & Parade’s End star Benedict Cumbatch becomes a Cumberbitch as he takes a swipe at Downton Abbey!

It’s not often that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch gets off his gentlemanly fence to truly slate something…

He even had nice things to say about the US remake of Sherlock – which is entitled, Elementary – while all about him, Conan Doyle purists and fans of his own portrayal of the great detective had a lot of negative comments about it.

However, in an interview with The Sun’s TV Biz, Benedict has hopped off the fence momentarily to have a little dig at ITV’s hit period drama, Downton Abbey.

And though the word ‘slate’ might be something of an overstatement – consider it journalistic license – he has claimed that the Julian Fellowes’ drama isn’t as “sophisticated” as Parade’s End, in which Benedict plays the role of accidental hero, Christopher Tietjens…

Parade’s End – which was adapted for TV by Sir Tom Stoppard from Ford Madox Ford’s classic novels – is set to air on BBC2 later this month, and of it and while comparing it to Downton, Benedict 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 clichéd comment about, ‘Oh, isn’t it awful the way there’s this upstairs-downstairs divide’.

“It’s a little bit more sophisticated.”

Here’s the drama’s trailer amongst others coming to the BBC…

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