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Saturday 28 February 2015

Cumberbatch in dig at Downton?

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in new BBC period drama Parade's End
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in new BBC period drama Parade's End

Benedict Cumberbatch has made an apparent swipe at the "upstairs-downstairs" world of Downton Abbey.

The Sherlock actor stars in new BBC period show Parade's End, which has been receiving comparisons to the hit ITV1 costume drama.

But Benedict told the Sunday Times: "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 cliched comment about, 'Oh, isn't it awful the way there's this upstairs-downstairs divide'. It's a little bit more sophisticated."

Parade's End sees the star play cuckolded husband Christopher Tietjens in Sir Tom Stoppard's adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's novels.

Rebecca Hall plays his cheating wife in the lavish drama, which beings on BBC Two later this month.

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