Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Downton fans shocked by rape scene

Joanne Froggatt plays Anna Bates in Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey fans have complained about the new series again - this time slamming a rape scene for being sensationalist.

The ITV period drama included a storyline about one of its main female characters being beaten and raped in its most recent episode, which caused outrage from viewers, according to the Daily Mail.

House maid Anna Bates, played by Joanne Froggatt, was attacked by a guest's valet, played by Nigel Harman, and although the rape wasn't actually shown, viewers saw the outside of a room she had been dragged into while sounds of the attack were heard.

One viewer tweeted: "Apparently @DowntonAbbey did give a generic warning of violence prior to the start. Mea culpa. But still rather nasty nonetheless."

Another tweeted: "For 'family drama' Downton Abbey to use violence against women as a plot point is morally reprehensible.

"I can't support Julian Fellowes in depicting rape in a show that treats missing tuxedo shirts as a major crisis."

Last week, fans of the hit show complained that the fourth series was boring with thin plotlines.

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