Some exciting promo shots from the upcoming season of “Downton Abbey” were released today, but the Internet has successfully seized the opportunity to point out a pretty glaring historical mistake in one of them. Go ahead, take a look at the picture now and see if you can spot it.
The official Facebook page for the hit 20th century period drama posted a first look at some of our favorite (and maybe not-so-favorite) returning characters in a set of stills from season five on Thursday. One in particular showed Lord Grantham and Lady Edith looking sharp in all their finery, but when you look closely you can see a plastic water bottle that was left on the mantle. Whoops!
For the record, the show’s timeline has reached the 1920s but plastic water bottles weren’t introduced commercially until the late 1940s and were fairly expensive to produce until the early ‘60s. The photo has since been removed from the Facebook album, but word naturally got out through the magic of the Internet pretty quickly.
As for the rest of the photos, we have a full cast photo featuring all the actors on Downton’s lawn like we’ve seen every season so far, plus shots of Anna and Bates, Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes, Daisy, Thomas, and Isobel Crawley. We also see Mary and Tom in a shot with Lord Anthony Gillingham, Mary’s charming (and persistent) love interest from last season.
There’s also a first look at Richard E. Grant as Simon Bricker. Pictured next to Cora, Bricker is described as an art historian and houseguest of the Crawleys who will appear in four episodes. You may recognize Grant as Jessa’s rehab-mate Jasper on “Girls.”
On Sunday, the official Instagram account for the show released a couple of promo shots of its own, which appear to indicate that season five could be making a bit of a time jump. The images feature Tom and daughter Sybbie, who will now be played by 4-year-old Fifi Hart. Mary and Matthew’s son, George, has also been aged up a bit and will be played by 3-year-old twins Oliver and Zac Barker, who sport blond hair just like their dearly-departed father.
As for the upcoming season itself, the first episode was screened for the press on Thursday and according to hints from executive producer Liz Trubridge, season five at least won’t be quite as, well, depressing as season four was, what with Matthew’s death hanging over everyone’s heads.
Trubridge tells the BBC that fans will be able to “chortle” again and producer Gareth Neame also promises another mix of “high drama and laughs.” We’d expect nothing less. Season five of “Downton Abbey” will premiere in the U.K. this fall, while Americans can start getting their historical drama fix starting Jan. 4, 2015 on PBS.