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